Turkey Meatballs with Lemony Rice - Cook's Country

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2 slices hearty white sandwich bread, torn into 1-inch pieces
1-1/4 pound ground turkey
1 large egg
6 scallions, white and green parts separated and sliced thin
3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest plus 2 tablespoons juice, plus lemon wedges for serving
salt and pepper
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1-1/2 cups long grain white rice
3 garlic cloves, minced
3-1/4 cups chicken broth
1 ounce Parmesan cheese, grated (1/2 cup)
1. Pulse bread in food processor to fine crumbs, 10 to 15 pulses; transfer to large bowl. Add turkey, egg, 2 tablespoons scallion greens, 2 tablespoons parsley, 1-1/2 teaspoons lemon zest, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper and mix with your hands until thoroughly combined. Divide mixture into 20 portions, roll into meatballs, and transfer to plate. Refrigerate meatballs for at least 15 minutes, or up to 1 day.
2. Heat oil in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Cook meatballs until well browned all over, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer meatballs to paper towel-lined plate.
3. Add rice to fat left in skillet and cook over medium high heat, stirring often, until edges of rice begin to turn translucent, about 1 minute. Add scallion whites, garlic, and 1/2 teaspoon salt and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add broth, lemon juice, and remaining 1-1/2 teaspoons lemon zest and bring to boil.
4. Return meatballs to skillet, cover, and reduce heat to low. Cook until rice is tender and meatballs are cooked through, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit, covered, for 5 minutes. Sprinkle with Parmesan, remaining scallion greens, and remaining 1 tablespoon parsley. Serve with lemon wedges.

Sherree Wolfgang

Member since Sep 2010

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