Turkey Meatballs with Soy and Sesame

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  1. 1 1/2 c chicken broth
  2. 1/2 oz dried shiitake mushrooms
  3. 2 slices hearty white sandwich bread, torn into 1-inch pieces
  4. 1 oz Parmesan cheese, grated (1/2 cup)
  5. 6 green onions, white parts minced, green parts sliced thin on bias
  6. 1 T sugar
  7. 2 1/2 t unflavored gelatin, divided
  8. salt
  9. 1 1/2 t white pepper, divided
  10. 1 1/2 pounds 85 or 93 percent lean ground turkey
  11. 1 egg, lightly beaten
  12. 2 T water
  13. 3 T vegetable oil
  14. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  15. 1 T soy sauce
  16. 2 t sesame oil
  17. prepared rice for serving


  1. Microwave broth and mushrooms in covered bowl until steaming, about 1 minute. Let sit until softened, about 5 minutes. Drain mushrooms in fine-mesh strainer and reserve liquid.
  2. Pulse bread in food processor until finely ground, 10 to 15 pulses; transfer bread crumbs to large bowl (do not wash processor bowl).
  3. Add Parmesan, green onion whites, half of green onion greens, sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons gelatin, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon white pepper to bowl with bread crumbs and mix until thoroughly combined.
  4. Pulse mushrooms in food processor until chopped fine, 10 to 15 pulses.
  5. Add mushrooms, turkey, and egg to bowl with bread crumb mixture and mix with your hands until thoroughly combined.
  6. Divide mixture into 16 portions (about 1/4 cup each).
  7. Using your hands, roll each portion into ball; transfer meatballs to plate and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  8. Sprinkle remaining 1 teaspoon gelatin over water in bowl and let stand until gelatin softens, about 5 minutes.
  9. Heat vegetable oil in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering.
  10. Add meatballs and cook until well browned all over, 5 to 7 minutes.
  11. Transfer meatballs to paper towel–lined plate, leaving fat in skillet.
  12. Add garlic to skillet and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  13. Increase heat to high, stir in soy sauce, sesame oil, reserved mushroom liquid, gelatin mixture, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon white pepper and bring to simmer.
  14. Return meatballs to skillet, reduce heat to medium low, cover, and cook until meatballs register 160 degrees, 12 to 15 minutes, turning meatballs once.
  15. Transfer meatballs to platter.
  16. Season sauce with salt to taste, pour over meatballs, garnish with remaining green onion greens.
  17. Serve meatballs over rice.

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Serves: 4 to 6
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Course: Entree
Type of Food: Entree
Ethnicity/Origin: Asian
Difficulty: 2 - Medium
Make Ahead: No
Prep Method: Stovetop,Microwave

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