March 15, 2011

Dumplings (steamed)

Dumplings, translates to "pockets of goodness" in Chinese.

Dumplings are traditionally steamed but, can be boiled,
pan fried and or deep fried.

When you are steaming dumplings... the best way is with a
bamboo steamer. You can use a small 4" bamboo basket
(about $5.00) which will fit about 8-10 dumplings
(4-5 in each tier). You can steam directly on the bamboo surface,
by laying some lettuce down- (you know, the first layer of lettuce
that is slightly torn or brown or you just don't want to use.)
Laying the lettuce down helps in the prevention of the dumplings
sticking. If you love dumplings, you can purchase an 8 or 10"
bamboo steaming basket for about $13-$15
(all sizes come in 2 tiers) that will allow you to steam closer
to 20 or so yummy dumplings.

When you are not steaming dumplings - the bamboo baskets
come in handy for storing onions, garlic or potatoes.
The open slots allow air to get to your vegetables.

Chicken Dumplings
1/2 lb. ground chicken
1 tsp grated ginger
1 garlic clove
1/2 bundle chopped cilantro
1 TBSP  hoisin sauce
1 TBSP soy sauce
dumpling wrappers

Shrimp & Pork Dumplings
1/2 lb shrimp
1/2 lb ground pork (equal parts shrimp & pork)
1 Tbs grated ginger
1-2 grated garlic cloves in hot oil from pan
1/2 bundle chopped cilantro
2 stalks chopped scallions
dumpling wrappers

Pork  & Ginger Dumplings
1lb ground pork
1 TBSP sesame oil
2 TBSP grated ginger
1-2 grated garlic cloves
1/4 bundle of chopped cilantro
2 stalks chopped scallions
5 TBSP of hoisin sauce
dumpling wrappers

Tofu Kimchi Dumplings
1/2 pack tofu
1/2 cup chopped chives
1 bundle scallion chopped
1/8 cup kimchi
1 TBSP soy sauce
1 TBSP sesame oil
dumpling wrappers