You must have tried dumplings from the store at least once and you probably found them tasty. But wait till you prepare homemade ones! Round, chewy, and packed with your favorite sweet or savory filling – you just won’t be able to stop eating!
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We find these Asian cuties perfect for all kinds of get-togethers and celebrations. Well, actually, that is their traditional use – they are a must-make dish for the Asian New Year because they symbolize good wishes for the year to come.
Buying Dumpling Wrappers
Making these pastry treats from scratch at home is a laborious task, so we suggest you skip the making of the wrappers and only make the filling.
Store-bought wrappers (called gyoza) are the easiest to find in almost every grocery store (should be near the tofu). Other, less widely available wrappers can be found at the Asian market.
Folding the Dumplings
No matter which type of filling you choose, here are a few tips to help you fold the dumplings quickly and easily.
Prepare ahead. Make sure you have enough space on the counter.
Needed equipment: small bowl of water, the bowl with prepared filling, a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Start. Open the package of wrappers and arrange several wrappers on the counter.
Place a tablespoon of the filling on each wrapper. Even though this amount might look too small, resist the temptation to add more because you will be unable to close them.
Dampen the edge of the wrapper with some water with your fingers. This will act as a glue and facilitate the sealing.
Fold in half, then press the top closed.
Make a double fold on each side, then press to seal. Add more water if necessary.
Once you finish filling and folding, arrange the dumplings on the baking sheet.
Cooking the Dumplings
Frying. Add some cooking oil in a pan and warm over high heat. When the oil is hot, add the dumplings (make sure they’re not touching each other). Cook until they are golden brown at the bottom.
Add some water to the pan (about three to four tablespoons), then cover and lower the heat. If the dumplings are freshly made, cook for about 4-5 minutes. If frozen, cook for 7-8 minutes. Once the wrappers are translucent, they are done.
Boiling. Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Add the dumplings and stir to prevent them from sticking. Add 1 1/2 cups of cold water and bring to a boil again. Repeat this one more time. Remove one of the dumplings to check for doneness. If it is not cooked through, boil for a few minutes more.
Steaming. Line a steamer basket with parchment paper, then arrange the dumplings. Steam over simmering water for about 5-8 minutes, depending on whether they’re fresh or frozen.
What to Do with Leftover Dumplings
You can cook the dumplings right away or freeze them. In case you want to freeze them, do so while they’re on the baking sheet. Once they’re completely frozen, transfer them to a freezer container. They keep up to three months.
If you end up with unused wrappers, place the, in a sealed container and keep in the refrigerator for about one week.
In case you have a surplus filling, you can shape it into balls and fry in a pan. Savory fillings pair great with pitas and salads, whereas sweet ones can be topped vanilla or chocolate cream. Yummers!
Amazing Dumpling Recipes
A steaming bowl of creamy chicken and Asian pastry is a comforting one-dish meal. All you need is a spoon—and your appetite! For a variation, instead of making the dumplings, add 2 cups cooked pasta with the chicken in Step 2.
Impress your guests with homemade steamed Asian pastry—they’re easier to make than they look. Dip in teriyaki sauce and enjoy!
Treat yourself to this wonderful dessert. Tart apples and sweet raisins wrapped in warm pastry—it’s like a personal-sized apple pie! For added flavor, try using apple-pie spice instead of plain cinnamon. Apple-pie spice is a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice, and it’s available in your grocery store’s spice aisle.
This sweet treat will remind you of lazy childhood afternoons watching the bees buzz around the fallen peaches in the orchard. Variation: Substitute canned pear halves for the peaches. Another great substitute are tangy plums (such as Santa Ana plums). They aren’t sweet enough to eat fresh, but they are perfect for wrapping in pastry. Just cut the fruit off the pits and follow this recipe.
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It is so hard to wait until these delicious little cuties cool enough to eat. You’ll burn your fingers more than once! The best way to eat them is to spoon a warm dumpling and some sauce over vanilla ice cream. Alternatively, serve them in a bowl with a dollop of sour cream or a few spoonfuls of whipping cream.
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