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Beef and Lamb Empanadas

Does this sound a little familiar?  This is the "dumpling" version of the awesome Stuffed Poblano Pepper recipe that I adapted from Julie at Paleomg.  Her recipes helped me learn how to eat "paleo" and not hate myself or empty my wallet.  For my peppers I substituted out some beef for lamb and added squash.  Check out her website for seriously delicious recipes!

We ate them with a LOT of guacamole.  Check out my recipe for guacamole here.

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 lb ground lamb
  • 1/2 white onion minced
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1/2 8oz can tomato paste
  • 1 small can medium heat green chiles
  • 1/2 of a jalapeño, diced
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • ~ 50 wraps
  • 1 jar coconut oil

Directions:

  1. This is stupid easy.
  2. Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl
  3. You're almost done!
  4. But actually, if you feel like it's too dry, add a little bit more tomato paste, but keep in mind both of the meats are fatty so it will moisten up a bit.
  5. Take one of your wraps in your hand, scoop a large teaspoon in the center of the wrap
  6. Dab your finger in warm water and wet the edges
  7. Carefully seal so it is a half moon with no meat coming out of it
  8. If you want to get fancy, there is about 1/4 of an inch of dough around the edge, and I fold it over itself in small increments so it kind of looks like a braid or a fancy crust
  9. Continue until you have stuffed and folded all of your dumplings
  10. Heat up your jar of oil in a small sauce pan
  11. Place your dumplings into the oil in small batches, try to fill the pan without them touching edges
  12. Cook for about 2-3 minutes each side until it is a nice golden brown
  13. Remove from the oil to drain, and add more dumplings
  14. Continue like this until all of the dumplings are fried
  15. Throw together some guacamole to dip them in, and Enjoy!
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Valentine's Day Strawberry Nutella Dumplings

Ingredients:

  • 1 tube of crescent rolls (I bought the brand Immaculate from Whole Foods)
  • 1 jar of nutella
  • 1 case of strawberry
  • 10 raspberries (if you like a little tart)
  • 1 jar coconut oil
  • confectioner sugar

Directions:

  1. Start by dicing your strawberries.  I like to do this by cutting an X in the strawberry from the tip to the stem.
  2. Then I turn it sideways and cut horizontally so four small pieces fall off on each slice.
  3. Place all your strawberries into a bowl and set aside.  
  4. If you like a tart in your dumpling, if you are sweet with a kick, mush the 10 raspberries and add to your strawberries.  You definitely don't want the tart to overpower the sweet so feel free to scale back on the raspberries if it seems like too much.
  5. Empty your coconut oil into a small sauce pan and place on low heat to let it melt and heat up
  6. Open your crescent roll container.  Nothing is more satisfying than the terror and the "Pop!" as the tube explodes open.  
  7. Take all of the dough and mush it all together.  Break into small tablespoon size balls to be rolled out.
  8. Cut one of your balls in half. (The dough one please... I know V-Day is stressful...) Roll the two halves out into large circular discs.  Shoot for about a 3 inch diameter.
  9. Scoop about 1 teaspoon of Nutella into the center of one of the discs.
  10. Add about 1 teaspoon of the fruit
  11. Place the second disc on top and press down all of the edges so it fully seals.
  12. Using your fingers flatten the edges a bit more so there is about an inch of dough surrounding your filling
  13. Now taking a knife and cut two diagonal lines meeting at a point to make the base of the heart
  14. Cut a small triangle out of the opposite side of the dumpling and then use your hands to fold over the two large and rounded sides to complete the heart shape.
  15. If you feel lazy, just resort to the classic fold.  Take one disc, place the filling in the middle, fold in half and seal all the edges.  No shame in that!
  16. Continue this process until you have your desired number of dumplings
  17. Now carefully put the dumplings into the hot oil in small groups
  18. Be sure not to put so many that they touch.  This is ONE part of this holiday where we are NOT promoting touching ;)
  19. Cook until you see the edges start to brown and flip. (usually about 2-3 minutes)
  20. After the second side has browned evenly remove and place on a paper towel to drain.
  21. Sprinkle with a bit of confectioner sugar and enjoy your sweet treat with your sweet!
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French Toast Dumpling

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of cinnamon rolls
  • ~ 12 strawberries
  • 1/2 container raspberries
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese (I used sheep's milk ricotta)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 jar coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup

Directions:

  1. Wash and dry the strawberries and raspberries
  2. Using the back of a fork, mush the raspberries into a bowl
  3. Holding the strawberry at the stem, slice in a "x" from the end of the berry to the white portion.  The turn the strawberry and slice horizontally over the bowl so the small pieces of strawberry will cover the maroon of the raspberries.
  4. Add the ricotta cheese and stir all together until it's creamy.
  5. In a small bowl whisk the egg until it is a smooth yellow
  6. Open your container of cinnamon rolls (this is always my favorite part with the satisfying *pop* when the container bursts open)
  7. Cut a thin slice horizontally from the roll so you see the swirl of dough and cinnamon.
  8. Using your hands, mush and mold the dough into a flat piece
  9. Spoon a dollop of the fruit mixture into the center of the dough and seal the dough around it.  Try not to let the filling seep out, but don't worry too much -- the egg will seal it. 
  10. Continue making dumplings like this until your dough or filling runs out.  
  11. Once you get close to finishing wrapping, empty your jar of coconut oil into a sauce pan and allow to heat up on medium while you finish the last few.
  12. Dip a morsel into the egg and drop into the hot oil, repeat for 3-4 more dumplings until the sauce pan is full but none are not touching.
  13. Cook for 2-3 minutes flipping occasionally to be sure each side is cooked.
  14. Remove from the oil and set on a paper towel to cool.
  15. Continue the process until all of your dumplings have been fried
  16. Swirl the maple syrup into the frosting included in your cinnamon roll package and set onto a plate for dipping.
  17. Dip a dumpling and enjoy!
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Eggplant Chicken Parm Stackers

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lbs chicken thigh
  • 1/2 green pepper diced
  • 1/2 red pepper diced
  • 2 tsps garlic
  • 1 onion (half diced, half sliced)
  • 1 bag of brussel sprouts
  • 2 tbsps olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 tsp oregano 
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1 jar marinara sauce
  • 1 eggplant
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups almond meal mixed with 2 tsps garlic salt and pepper 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Cut the stems off the brussels sprouts and slice in half
  3. Combine with large slices of onion in a baking pan
  4. Toss with olive oil and garlic salt
  5. Let these roast while you prepare your eggplant
  6. Cut your chicken into tiny pieces and place into a bowl
  7. Mix with peppers, minced onion, garlic, oregano, parsley, and ricotta cheese
  8. Stir together
  9. Slice your eggplant into large, thin disks
  10. Build the eggplant chicken parm stackers by placing a generous spoonful of chicken mix onto an eggplant disk. 
  11. Spoon half a tablespoon of marinara sauce onto the chicken mix and close stacker with another eggplant disk on top. 
  12. Prepare an egg wash and flour basin with three eggs and 2 cups of flour, respectively. 
  13. Take each eggplant chicken parm stacker, and fully submerge it into the egg wash so that it gets fairly saturated. Then quickly move it to the flour basin to lightly coat both sides.
  14. Bring a saucepan of cooking oil to a medium/high temperature and place each stacker so that there is a rolling boil around each. 
  15. Flip each stacker once during a total cooking time of about two minutes to ensure the chicken is fully cooked. 
  16. Then in a pyrex baking dish, spoon the remaining marinara and place each stacker in the sauce.
  17. Once one full layer of stackers is laid down in the sauce, put about two tablespoons of mozzarella cheese on top of each stacker, and place the next new layer of stackers directly on top of the cheese layer. 
  18. Once all the stackers are cooked in the oil and placed in the baking plan, transfer the dish to the oven set at 350 degrees for 12 minutes. 
  19. Remove the stackers from the oven and place about a tablespoon each of the remaining mozzarella on top of each stacker. 
  20. Switch oven temperature to broil and place the stackers back in the oven for five minutes or when the cheese is melted and browned. 
  21. For my resident overachievers, feel free to stir the sauce around the stackers to fully incorporate mix around the entire dish. 
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Thai Basil Chicken Dumpling

Ingredients:

  • ~50 wraps 

  • 1 lb ground chicken

  • 1/2 red pepper

  • 1/2 green pepper

  • 1 cup thai basil

  • 3 tsps garlic

  • 1 1/2 tbsps oyster sauce

  • 1 tsp soy sauce

  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt

  • 2 cups frying oil

Directions:

  1. Mince the peppers and basil in a food processor
  2. Add the vegetables to the chicken
  3. Mix in garlic, oyster sauce, soy sauce and garlic salt
  4. Place a large spoonful of the mixture in a wrap
  5. Bunch all the edges together and twist to make a top
  6. Pinch off the excess dough
  7. Heat up oil in a sauce pan
  8. Cook in batches until golden brown 
  9. Drain dumplings on a paper towel and enjoy!
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Apple Pie Dumplings

Everyone  loves apple pie right?  So why not make it bite size!  

Ingredients:

  • 5 apples (I like granny smith apples for this)

  • 1 cup of sugar

  • 1 tbsp cinnamon

  • ~50 wraps

  • 1 cup sugar and 1 tbsp cinnamon mixed in a tupperware container with a lid

Other Ingredients:

  • ~40 wraps
  • Cup of warm waterr
  • Deep Fryer or Sauce pan
  • Cooking oil (I prefer peanut oil or coconut oil) 

Note: If you are using a deep fryer you will need a large amount of oil, and coconut oil doesn't agree with deep fryers.  If using Coconut oil, use about one jar in a sauce pan

Directions:

  1. To prepare the apples, peel them and dice into small pieces no larger than 1/2 inch (too large of apple pieces can break through the dumpling wrap)
  2. Stir in the cinnamon and sugar (if you like it sweeter add a bit more sugar, tarter-less)
  3. Scoop a small spoonful into the center of your wrap
  4. For apple dumplings I prefer the "pillow fold"
  5. If you have a square wrap, grab one corner and fold it about 60 percent across towards the opposite corner (if you have a round wrap, just choose any part)
  6. Dab that corner with water and fold it over the top
  7. Then repeat with the other two corners
  8. Be sure to seal the edges to prevent leaks
  9. Either crank up your deep fryer, or add a jar of coconut oil to a sauce pan
  10. Add the dumplings in batches to the oil
  11. Cook until golden brown and then place on a paper towel to drain
  12. Toss in sugar and cinnamon if you like, and Enjoy!
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Nutella And... Dumpling

The fact is, there is nothing surprising about this "recipe".  Seems almost silly to call it a recipe.  Every crepe maker in the world knows it... Warm nutella with just about anything tastes awesome.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Jar of Nutella
  • Equal parts of whatever other filling you'd like (Strawberry, banana, pumpkin pie, peanut butter, etc)
  • 1 cup sugar and 1 tbsp cinnamon (optional)

Other Ingredients:

  • ~40 wraps
  • Cup of warm waterr
  • Deep Fryer or Sauce pan
  • Cooking oil (I prefer peanut oil or coconut oil) 

Note: If you are using a deep fryer you will need a large amount of oil, and coconut oil doesn't agree with deep fryers.  If using Coconut oil, use about one jar in a sauce pan

Directions:

  1. Smear a spoonful of Nutella on your wrap
  2. Add the same amount of your filling on top
  3. For Nutella dumplings I prefer the "pillow fold"
  4. If you have a square wrap, grab one corner and fold it about 60 percent across towards the opposite corner (if you have a round wrap, just choose any part)
  5. Dab that corner with water and fold it over the top
  6. Then repeat with the other two corners
  7. Be sure to seal the edges to prevent leaks
  8. Either crank up your deep fryer, or add a jar of coconut oil to a sauce pan
  9. Add the dumplings in batches to the oil
  10. Cook until golden brown and then place on a paper towel to drain
  11. Toss in sugar and cinnamon if you like, and Enjoy!
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