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21 November 2008 @ 11:30 am
Dumplings  








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These dumplings were the brainchild of ladydem who originally got the recipe from her godmother (I think). We played around with them and created our own version, and now I've fiddled with it even more. These are like the bastard love child of Gyoza and Pierogi, and they're freaking addictive. They make a great appetizer, although I usually just eat them on their own for dinner (SO HEALTHY). My measurements are random, but I tried to come up with general measurements in case you want to make these for yourself.



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You'll need some of these guys. Ground turkey or chicken (you could use beef too I suppose, but I've never tried it), Onion (not pictured), Green Onion, Garlic, Ginger, Salt (optional), Pepper, Soy Sauce, and Worcestershire Sauce. (Also flour for the wrappers)

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Combine all the ingredients for the filling in a bowl. Feel free to play with the filling. These would be good with potato and cheese (traditional pierogi filling), or you could make sweet ones with jam or fruit. But I digress.

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Mix everything together. Make sure it's really mixed well so you'll get some of everything in each dumpling.

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In a seperate bowl you'll need to make up your dough. I usually go with 1 cup of flour and then add enough water until it just starts to stick together. This won't be enough dough to use up all the filling, but I usually make it in 1 cup intervals so it won't stiffen up while I put everything together.

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Roll the dough out on a floured surface and use either a biscuit cutter or a glass to cut out circles.

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They should be roughly the size of your palm. A little large is fine, but too small and it won't hold enough filling.

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Put a dollop of filling in each circle. Careful not to put too much or it'll leak out the ends.

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Fold the dough over and pinch it closed. If you're feeling ambitious, use a fork to make the edge look pretty, or fold the edges all fancy like. Or be lazy like me and just leave it as is.

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Place your finished dumplings on a greased and floured baking sheet (mine is lined with wax paper for easy clean-up)

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Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil.

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Pop in your dumplings and let them boil away until they float to the surface.

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While the dumplings are boiling, go ahead and heat up some butter and olive oil in a large skillet.

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Drain your dumplings and place them in the hot pan. Cook them for roughly 3-4 minutes on each side, until they're golden brown and crispy.

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Serve with a dipping sauce and enjoy! Be careful because it's really easy to eat a ton of these in one sitting. So tasty!



The dipping sauce can be anything you want! The boyfriend usually makes up a batch of his secret sauce (secret even to him as he never seems to remember the ingredients. It usually involves soy sauce, chili powder, honey and a buttload of garlic ♥), but you can use plain soy sauce if it's easier. You can also try gyoza sauce, tempura sauce, bbq sauce, awesome sauce or sour cream (which is REALLY good on the potato ones).

Leftovers (HA!) can be refridgerated for roughly a week, uncooked dumplings are perfect for keeping in the freezer for an easy dinner. No need to defrost! Just dump them in the boiling water and go!

Srsly Delicious Dumplings

Like I said at the beginning, I just eyeball EVERYTHING for this recipe so these are not exact amounts. Definitely add more/less of something if you'd like. The best part of this recipe is how adaptable it is.

* 1/2 Pound ground turkey or chicken
* 1/2 Medium onion, diced
* 2 or 3 Green onions, finely chopped
* 1 or 2 Cloves garlic, minced
* 1/2 tsp Ginger
* 2 tbl Soy sauce
* 1 tbl Worcestershire sauce
Salt and Pepper to taste
2 to 3 cups Flour
Water
1 Tbl Butter
1 Tbl Olive oil

1) Combine turkey, onion, green onion, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper and mix well.

2) Combine flour with water until dough just begins to stick together (make batches of dough in 1 cup increments to avoid stiffening)

3) Use a bicuit cutter or glass to cut out palm sized circles. Fill each circle with a little filling and pinch closed.

4) Drop dumplings in boiling water and cook roughly 5 minutes, or until they float. Drain.

5) Melt butter in skillet with oil. Add dumplings and cook 3-4 minutes per side or until golden brown and crunchy. Serve hot with your favorite sauce.

As usual I'd love to know if you make these! Especially if you decide to invent your own filling.

 
 
 
ladydemladydem on February 3rd, 2009 03:27 am (UTC)
arg!
I can't make them here!
the dad man is on a diet.
But I want them sooooo....
The Infamously Terrifying Princessninjasushi on February 3rd, 2009 03:30 am (UTC)
Come over to my house! I'm gonna make them later this week!

Or just make a few for yourself? They last about a week in the fridge.
ladydemladydem on February 3rd, 2009 04:07 am (UTC)
I thought I might make some for a lunch type thing at some point.
Pomegranatepomegranate_red on April 10th, 2009 11:23 pm (UTC)
I am going to make these for dinner tonight, because I have all of the ingredients yay!

Also I have the exact same glass as the one in your picture so I know it'll be good.
The Infamously Terrifying Princessninjasushi on April 10th, 2009 11:52 pm (UTC)
This is one of Jackie and My favorites. They are so so so addictive.