Bento Field – Meatball Bento


In at the moment’s put up I wish to present you the way to pack a Meatball Bento. Meatball Bento is a well-liked bento field, maybe as a result of it appears considerably cute with the small meatballs contained in the bento field. Meatballs additionally freeze nicely, which is ideal for a bento field.

Hero shot of Meatball Bento.

College lunch in Japan usually consists of meatballs as they’re straightforward for youngsters to eat, and you may make them forward. There are various variations to the elements and the flavours of meatballs, so that you simply don’t really feel like you’re consuming the identical bento time and again, even should you usually pack meatballs in a bento field.

You may have meatballs made with pork mince, beef mince, hen mince, and seafood. Lamb mince will not be quite common in Japan.

I used meatballs from my recipe Japanese Pork Meatballs (Niku-dango) with Two Sauces as a essential dish to enter my bento field.

What’s in my Meatball Bento

Ingredients for Meatball Bento.

  • Cooked rice – you may cook dinner rice forward. Please check with The best way to Cook dinner Rice the Japanese Manner. Pack cooked rice in a bento field whereas rice continues to be scorching or heat as it’s simpler to form. Let it quiet down earlier than including different elements.
  • Japanese Pork Meatballs – choose one of many sauces from the recipe (I picked a candy and bitter sauce). Use leftover from dinner or make forward (will be frozen).
  • Child Mustard Inexperienced and Tuna Salad – I picked this so as to add a vibrant inexperienced color to the bento field. You can also make it the day earlier than. Instead, you may pack different easy dishes comparable to Spinach Ohitashi Salad, Mustard Inexperienced Namul, or Broccolini Karashi-ae (Mustard Dressing).
  • Fried Greens in Broth (Greens Agebitashi) – one other vegetable dish to enter the bento field. However the color, texture and flavour are fairly totally different from the opposite dishes. Agebitashi can maintain for a couple of days within the fridge, so you may make it forward of time.
    In case you are having meatballs with teriyaki sauce, you could wish to have a vibrant dish with a bitter flavour in its place. Pickled Carrot and Daikon or Candy and Bitter Pickled Crimson Cabbage are good decisions.
  • Miso Pickled Greens – a bento with plain cooked rice is commonly accompanied by a couple of items of tsukemono (pickled dish). Miso-based tsukemono provides fairly a distinct flavour to the meal. Different pickles are additionally good to enter your bento field.
  • A bit of lettuce – I used a bit of lettuce to make a partition between the meatballs and one other dish, as a result of the meatballs are saucy.

Packing Meatball Bento

I used a double decker bento field that got here with a partition divider and I stuffed half of a compartment with rice. The remaining house was then full of a few small dishes. Meatballs and agebitashi stuffed the opposite compartment.

Showing how to pack Meatball Bento in a double decker bento box.

  1. Place a partition divider in a bento field compartment and fill one facet of the partition with rice.
  2. Place child mustard greens and pickled greens subsequent to the rice.
  3. Place agebitashi on one facet of the opposite compartment.
  4. Place a bit of lettuce subsequent to the agebitashi, then place meatballs to fill the compartment.

I didn’t need the newborn mustard greens and the pickles combined up, so I put the pickles in an okazu cup. I talked about okazu cups in my recipe Yakitori Bento. Many okazu cups are product of paper or foil that’s thrown away after consuming your bento.

Silicone okazu cups.

However at the moment, I used a reusable silicon okazu cup (see the photograph above). I discovered a pack of three silicone cups at Daiso low cost retailer. They’re a small model of silicone cupcake liners. They’ve two sizes, and every are available three totally different colors.

I like meatballs in a bento field. They appear cute and straightforward to eat. They’re scrumptious even should you don’t have them warmed up. A double decker bento field provides you an pleasure as you reveal every compartment.

Revealing the contents o the double decker bento.

If you wish to warmth the rice and the meatballs to make the bento much more scrumptious, you could wish to pack them collectively in a single field. You may then warmth one field and the opposite meals that you simply don’t must warmth up will probably be in one other field.

In case you are utilizing a single layer lunch field, you could wish to put the meals that don’t want heating in okazu cups, so that you could take away them from the bento field earlier than heating the bento.

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Hero shot of Meatball Bento.

Bento Field – Meatball Bento

Meatball Bento is a well-liked bento containers, maybe as a result of it appears considerably cute with small meatballs contained in the bento field. Meatballs additionally freeze nicely, which is ideal for a bento field.

I’ve written my directions on the way to pack the field to make it seem like the photograph of the bento field within the put up. However you don’t want to put the elements in the identical manner.

As a result of bento is often made largely from left-over dishes or make-ahead dishes, the time indicated on this recipe solely reveals the time to pack the bento field.

Recipe Sort:

Principal

Delicacies:

Japanese

Key phrase:

bento, bento field, meatball bento

Serves: 1

Writer: Yumiko

Substances (tbsp=15ml, cup=250ml)

Directions

  1. I used a double decker bento field (observe 4).

1st Field

  1. Whereas the rice continues to be scorching or heat, place the rice within the bento field and let it cool.

  2. Put the partition divider subsequent to the rice, then put Mustard Greens and Tuna Salad subsequent the divider.

  3. Put miso pickled greens in a silicon okazu cup and place it subsequent to the salad.

2nd Field

  1. Place agebitashi at one finish of the field.

  2. Place a bit of lettuce in opposition to the agebitashi.

  3. Fill the remaining house with the meatballs.

Recipe Notes

1.It’s best to pack cooked rice in a bento field whereas scorching or heat as it’s simpler to form the rice into the bento field.

2. You may choose your favorite sauce. I picked a candy and bitter sauce on this recipe.

3. In case you are packing meatballs with teriyaki sauce, as an alternative of candy and bitter sauce, you could wish to have a vibrant dish with a bitter flavour in its place. Pickled Carrot and Daikon or Candy and Bitter Pickled Crimson Cabbage is an efficient selection.

4. In case you are utilizing a single bento field, you could want to make use of extra okazu cups to separate the dishes inside a field.

5. Additionally it is a good suggestion to place the meals that do not require heating in okazu cups, in case you are meaning to warmth the rice and meatballs. Then it’s simpler to take away the cups earlier than heating the bento.

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