Pan-Fried Dumplings

I will apologize for the lack in posting over November, but my guilt has inspired me to venture into new styles of cooking and recipes! So to start off my blogging redemption month I present these delicious dumplings!

Pan-Fried Dumplings

Recipe modified from Open Mouth Insert Cookie

  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 pound ground turkey/chicken
  • 2 Green onions
  • 1 Tsp garlic (minced)
  • 1 Tsp salt
  • 1-2 Tsp Ginger
  • 1 Tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 1 Box (300g) Extra soft Tofu
  • Nappa Cabbage (half a head)
  • 100 Wonton Wrappers

First, I will start with a warning.

I spent three hours making these (including cleaning up), so either make sure you have time or find some nice hungry friends to help!

Directions:

Dice up your green onions and nappa cabbage.

Place your cabbage into a bowl lined with a dish towel or paper towel to remove some of the moisture. Press down on the cabbage to help remove moisture.

Put all your ingredients (except the wonton wrappers) into a large bowl and thoroughly mix everything together.

To fill the wonton wrappers, get a bowl of water to dip your fingers in and wet each edge of the wrapper. Place a heaping teaspoon of filling into the center of the wrapper and fold together.

I’m not going to try and explain exactly how to form the dumplings, as it will depend on what kind of wrappers you have (I used square ones, but often the wrappers may be round). A quick Google search should come up with some results, or you can check out this video. I basically just brought two opposite corners together, pinched the open sides together tightly around the filling and started folding back and forth from one a corner to the top edge, and repeated on the other side. Mess around with some different styles and i’m sure you will figure out a way that works for you!

Once you have all your dumplings wrapped, cook some, put some in the fridge for later and freeze the rest!

Cooking Directions

For freshly made dumplings, heat a pan on medium and put enough vegetable oil to coat the bottom. Once you have let it heat up, cook your dumplings for about 10-15 minutes, until each side is nice and golden brown!

For frozen dumplings, you have two options. Either boil a pot of water and drop your dumplings in, cooking for 8-10 minutes on medium-high.

OR

If you want them crispy, fill a pan/wok with 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil and 2/3 cup of water, put your dumplings in the pan and cook them covered on medium-high heat. Once the water evaporates, fry each side until they are golden brown.

After cooking these delicious morsels, serve them with a small bowl of soya sauce for dipping and just try to stop yourself from eating them all!

Enjoy!

Bob

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