Full of fresh ginger, scallions and garlic, they get brushed with ponzu- a citrus seasoned soy sauce- when hot from the broiler. While they roast, broccolini browns alongside then gets tossed with a combination of miso and butter for a savory silky coating. Sushi rice is a pleasantly sticky accompaniment. Cook, relax, and enjoy!
What You’ll Need: 1 cup sushi rice
1 lb ground chicken
3 tablespoons panko breadcrumbs
1 inch fresh ginger
1 garlic clove
½ teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1 bunch broccolini
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 tablespoon white miso
¼ cup ponzu
Freshly ground pepper
1 large egg
2 rimmed baking sheets
Wash rice in a bowl of water, drain. Repeat. Bring 1¹⁄³ cups of water, rice, a pinch of salt to a boil in a small saucepan then reduce to a simmer, cover and let cook until water is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Let stand, covered until ready to serve.
Combine meat mixture
Heat the broiler to high with rack 6 inches from heat source. Remove root ends from scallions then finely chop white and pale green parts. Peel and finely chop garlic. Peel and finely grate ginger. In a mixing bowl, combine the chicken, breadcrumbs, scallions, garlic, ginger, sesame oil, egg and ½ teaspoon salt. Mix until well combined.
Using wet hands, shape the chicken mixture into 16 balls, each about 1¾ inches in diameter. Place on a rimmed baking sheet. Trim ends from broccolini then toss with 1 tablespoon oil. Spread out broccolini on another baking sheet.
Cook meatballs and broccoliniBroil meatballs and broccolini until they are browned, about 8 minutes. Turn meatballs and broccolini over and continue to cook until meatballs are browned on other side and cooked through, about 6 minutes (remove broccolini if done sooner).
Brush meatballs with ponzuRemove both baking sheets from the oven. Brush meatballs with some of the ponzu. Let rest for 5 minutes then divide meatballs among skewers for serving if desired.
Make miso butterMeanwhile, combine miso and butter in a bowl until smooth. Toss broccolini with miso butter while still warm. Serve rice topped with broccolini and skewers of meatballs. Serve extra ponzu on the side for dipping. Enjoy!