Asian Turkeyballs With Sesame Lime Sauce on Rice Noodles – A Healthy Alternative to Beef

If you are looking for a healthy alternative to beef … this is IT and it’s out of this world delicious!  I found this recipe on Epicurious.com and substituted the veal and pork for 98% lean ground turkey and served on rice noodles.  It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Asian flavors … Enjoy!

 Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup fine dry bread crumbs
  • 3/4 pound ground pork
  • 3/4 pound ground veal
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger root
  • 1/2 cup canned sliced water chestnuts, rinsed, drained, and finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro plus 1/4 cup sprigs
  • 5 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 4 teaspoons Asian sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons sugar

Directions:

Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 500°F.

Pour milk over bread crumbs in a large bowl and stir until liquid is absorbed. Add ground meat, egg, grated ginger root, water chestnuts, salt, chopped cilantro, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, and 2 teaspoons oil and mix with your hands until combined well. Shape 3 tablespoons meat mixture into a ball and transfer to a 13- by 9-inch glass baking dish. Make more meatballs with remaining mixture, arranging meatballs about 1/2 inch apart in baking dish. Bake until cooked through, about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, stir together lime juice, water, sugar, remaining 4 tablespoons soy sauce, and remaining 2 teaspoons oil in a bowl until sugar is dissolved.

Transfer meatballs to a serving dish. Stir sauce, then drizzle meatballs with 1 tablespoon sauce and sprinkle with cilantro sprigs.

Serve meatballs with remaining sauce over rice noodles.

Slightly Adapted from:  Epicurious.com

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