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Pork and Edamame Garlic Dumplings in a Green Curry Sauce

It's been a while since I have felt motivated or excited about cooking, but I woke up this morning with a desire to make some dumplings, and then ate some dumplings in green curry for lunch and decided I wanted to make my own version.  So I hope you enjoy this recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 cup boiled edamame
  • 1 garlic bulb
  • 1/3 cup minced cilantro
  • 3 tbsps soy sauce
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 1/2 tsps sesame oil
  • 1 tsp white pepper
  • 2 tsps minced ginger
  • 70-80 wraps (I used Nasoya wraps this time, but you can also make your own)
  • 1 can light Coconut Milk
  • 3 tbsps green chili paste
  • 1 tsp sriracha sauce
  • Chicken broth
  • Oil

Directions:

  1. Grab a large bowl and put the ground pork into it
  2. Coarsely chop the edamame, I prefer to keep them chunky so I barely chop them, just enough to break each one into about 3 pieces
  3. Toss those green nubs into the bowl with the pork
  4. Take the WHOLE bulb apart, you heard me right. The whole thing.  And use your garlic press to add each clove into the bowl so that you have more garlic than you think you could ever need
  5. Add about 1/4 cup of the minced cilantro, save the other bit for your curry
  6. Mix in the soy sauce, sesame oil, white pepper, ginger and both kinds of salt
  7. Fill a small glass with warm water and now it's time to fold!
  8. For this dumpling, I wanted it lying on it's side, so this time rather than doing creases along the top, I grabbed a corner, and started folding one side over and over again until one side was creased, and the other side was flat
  9. Continue in this manner until all the dumplings are folded
  10. If you are lucky, and have a second pair of hands, they can keep folding while you make the curry
  11. Bring the coconut milk to a boil and stir in the green chili paste, the rest of the cilantro, and sriracha sauce
  12. Stir lightly until it thickens a bit and lower the temperature to simmer 
  13. Heat up a frying pan with a bit of oil (I use canola oil this time)
  14. Place as many dumplings in the pan flat side down
  15. Fry until bottoms are golden brown and crispy
  16. Add about 2 tbsps of chicken broth and cover with a lid
  17. Cook for a few more minutes until the broth has cooked off
  18. Remove lid and let the dumplings get a little bit crispy on the bottom
  19. Spoon some curry into a bowl and add your dumplings, spoon some more curry on top and enjoy!
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Orange Beef and String Beans

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lb flat iron steak
  • 6 scallions 
  • 2 tsps ginger
  • 4 tsps garlic
  • 2 eggs whisked
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 3/4 cup potato starch
  • 1 orange -- zest and juice (Some oranges are more difficult than others, but I would shoot for about 1 1/2 tbsp zest and 1/2 cup juice)
  • 2 heads of cauliflower
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk 
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 cups string beans
  • 7 tbsps cooking oil (Normally I would use coconut oil, but I only had peanut oil available for this instance)

Directions:

  1. Cut your steak into small quarter inch slices
  2. Place slices into large ziplock bag
  3. Add soy sauce, 1 tsp ginger, 2 tsps garlic, whisked eggs and potato starch 
  4. Place the rest of the ginger and garlic in a bowl
  5. Cut the dark green leafy parts of the scallion into 2 inch slices and add to the bowl
  6. Mince the remaining light green and white parts of the scallion
  7. Add half of the minced scallions to the bowl and half to your ziplock bag
  8. Finally, add the zest and juice to the marinade 
  9. Seal your ziplock bag and use your hands to make sure that the meat is entirely coated with all the marinade
  10. Set aside for at least 30 minutes.
  11. Cut your cauliflower into florets and place into a food processor
  12. Pulse until they are the consistency of rice
  13. Add the cauliflower to a large pot
  14. Add 1/4 cup water, 1/4 cup coconut oil, 1 tsp salt
  15. Cover with a lid and simmer on low for about 20 minutes while you prepare the rest of the meal
  16. Put 1 tbsp cooking oil into a wok
  17. Add the bowl full of scallions, ginger, and garlic
  18. Stir until fragrant
  19. Add the string beans and cook for about 10 minutes, or until the beans are tender
  20. Remove from the wok
  21. (By now, assuming your steak has marinaded sufficiently)Add 3 tbsps cooking oil to the wok
  22. Using a fork, add the steak to the hot oil (try not to allow too much excess liquid)
  23. Cook steak until lightly browned
  24. Remove and place onto a paper towel to drain some of the oil
  25. Repeat the process with the second half of the steak
  26. Now add all of the ingredients back into the wok (beans and steak)
  27. Push the food to the edges of the pan so there is a hole in the middle (looks like a donut)
  28. Pour the remaining marinade into that hole.
  29. Wait until the sauce is boiling and thickened a bit, and then stir it into the dish
  30. Scoop out some cauliflower rice, place the steak and beans on top, and enjoy!
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Chicken Classic Dumpling

Chicken Classic

This was the first dumpling I ever learned how to make.  It started with a recipe in a cookbook at my parents' house in high school.  I have since adapted it a bit, but it's hard to stray too far from a classic.

Filling Ingredients:

Photo by  Nikki McFadden
  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 6 scallions minced
  • 1 large carrot minced 
  • 3 heaping tsps of ginger minced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground white pepper
  • 1 tbsp spicy chili sauce

Note: If you have a food processor, add your produce cut into pieces and run on high until desired consistency is reached

Other Ingredients:

  • ~60 wraps
  • Cup of warm water
  • Cooking oil (I prefer peanut oil or coconut oil)
  • Chicken broth (if unavailable, use water)
  • Frying pan with lid

Directions:

  1. Combine all your ingredients in a large mixing bowl
  2. Using a fork or a spoon, scoop a small dollop into the middle of your wrapper(there should be enough dough around the meat so that you can seal the wrap without any leakage)
  3. Dip your finger in a cup of warm water and moisten half of the circumference of the wrapper
  4. Folder in half so the dry side lines up with the wet set, press and seal
  5. Using both hands, pinch the wrap with your thumb and forefinger, fold the dough in your left fingers over your right, and pinch the layers together.  
  6. Repeat three times
  7. Heat a pan with your choice of oil (I prefer peanut or coconut oil)
  8. Place dumplings in oil, creases up
  9. Cook until bottoms have browned
  10. Pour in the chicken broth to cover the bottom of the pan (about 1/3 cup)
  11. Cover with a lid and steam
  12. Once the broth has cooked off, remove the lid 
  13. Cook until the bottoms have desired crispiness
  14. Remove from the pan and enjoy!
                   Photo by   Nikki McFadden

                   Photo by Nikki McFadden

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