We came home early from skiing. L’s broken leg and lousy weather meant we were on the road in the morning and home for lunch.
When L and I were watching TV, for several hours while her leg was elevated on Saturday, we tuned into Bobby Flay’s “Throw Down”, on Food Network. He was making Chinese dumplings. It gave us the idea that we should make dumplings when we got home. I haven’t made them in years and we thought it would be the perfect Kids Cook Sunday meal to make sitting down, leg elevated.
So, we did. I got the fixings for the dumplings when we got re-settled. I used a recipe from an old issue of “Everyday Food” magazine as the basis for both wontons and pot stickers. The girls and I sat around the table, filled the dumplings and talked. Then I used some chicken broth, vegetables, noodles and a little shrimp to make soup, for the wontons. The pot stickers were fried, of course.
Review: I have a long way to go on the soup front (I used packaged chicken broth in the essence of time) because I just “winged” it. The soup was a little too chicken-y and didn’t have the familiar Asian flavors. The dumplings, on the other hand, were terrific. Great flavor. Juicy. Next time, I’d like to try making the wrappers, too.
Wonton and Dumpling Filling
Adapted from Everyday Food, April 2006 (see this recipe on the web-site, it is the same as the magazine, but must have been in Martha Stewart Living as well)
1 lb. ground pork (can use part pork, part ground shrimp)
1 cup finely chopped napa cabbage
6-8 finely chopped scallions (white parts and about 2/3 of green)
2 Tbsp. minced fresh ginger
1 clove garlic, minced
1 1/2 tsp. cornstarch
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 Tbsp. soy sauce
2 tsp. sesame oil
1 tsp. salt
1 package (about 48) wonton wrappers
Put cabbage in a small bowl. Sprinkle with 2 tsp. kosher salt. Mix and let rest for 10 minutes. Drain in a strainer, pressing out all of the liquid that you can.
Combine pork, cabbage, scallions, ginger, garlic, cornstarch, soy sauce, sesame oil, and pepper in a bowl. Mix with your hands until well incorporated.
Fill wonton wrappers as desired for pot stickers (moon shape) or wontons (triangle). How do you get a moon shape from a square wrapper? Cut the corners off and make the wrapper approximately round, no problem.
Makes approximately 48 dumplings.