Dumpling Monday

It’s Dumpling Monday.  Those who follow me on Twitter or Instagram will know by now that I like to eat dumplings on Mondays.  I am not entirely sure how it started, but it’s now a bit a of tradition.  This week I thought I would share a couple of super easy recipes for dumplings to prove that you don’t need to go out to enjoy some dumpling love.

Pork and cabbage dumplings

Ingredients

300 grams pork mince

1 cup finely chopped chinese cabbage

2 tblsp chopped coriander

½ cup hoisin sauce

round wonton wrappers

 

Method

In a bowl mix all the ingredients until really well well combined.

Place a wrapper on the palm of your hand and spoon a small amount of the mixture into the middle.  Cup your hand whilst using the other to move the dumpling around in a circle.  You want the sides to come up and crimp together slightly and the bottom to be flat so they will sit on their own.  It takes a little bit of practice but its fun trying.

Bring some water to the boil and then turn down to a simmer.  Place the dumplings in a steamer over the water for 7-10 minutes.

I make a dipping sauce our of Chinese Black Vinegar, soy and chopped fresh chilli to have with these.

This will make about 30 dumplings.

 

Prawn wontons

Ingredients

600 grams fresh prawns or 300 grams prawn meat.

2 spring onions

2 tsp grated fresh ginger

1 red chilli

square wonton wrappers

Method

Shell prawns and chop into little pieces.    Then finely chop the spring onions and chilli.  Mix all ingredients together.

Spoon a small amount of mixture into the centre of the of the wonton wrapper.  Using your finger, lightly brush the edges with water and fold in half so that you form a triangle.  Press the outer edges together so that they are firmly joined.  Sit the wonton down with the point of the triangle sticking up and, working from one side to the other, pleat the joined edge. As with the previous dumpling, this takes a little practice and if a simple triangle will do fine if you don’t master it straight away.  There are some great You Tube videos showing you how to fold dumplings if really want to take this on.

Steam for approximately 7 minutes or until cooked through.

Serve with a dipping sauce made from soy sauce, sweet chilli and a dash of lime juice.

This will make about 30 wontons.

 

Some tips:

Get friends and family to help with the folding.  Its fun and spreads the load.

Both of these dumplings can be frozen.  You can cook them from frozen but they will take a few minutes longer.

If you are worried about the dumplings sticking use some baking paper, lettuce or cabbage leaves to line the bottom.

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