Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Pork Dumplings

I'm not a bit Asian...but My Family (including me!) loves Asian food.  I'm determined to learn the basics of their cooking....There's so much to learn, and each Asian culture has their own unique way of seasoning and preparing their food.  I love the simplicity and attention to aesthetics that the Japanese pay to their food....Really....I'm not even sure if the food I try in restaurants is really authentic....but I love the fact that there are lots and lots of veggies used in most dishes.  I love Thai food and the unique seasonings they use.....I know .....I'm rambling....but you get the idea.   I wanna learn to cook Asian food!  I am learning too!  Sometimes I even make up my own ginger garlic shrimp on bamboo skewers....served over rice...yummmmmm

This recipe calls for Chinese cabbage, which I did not have at the I just skipped it.  My family devoured them!
Basically it's as easy as mixing up the seasonings and the ground pork.  I bought a large pork roast on sale and ground it myself using the grinder attachment on my Kitchen Aid mixer  (Did I ever tell you I adore my Kitchen Aid mixer?  It's without a doubt the most used small appliance in my kitchen not including the microwave.).  After making 54 dumplings I still had 1/2 the Asian pork mixture left, and a 1 pound and 1 1/2 pound ziplock bag for the freezer.
Put a heaping teaspoon of the mixture in the wonton wrapper, moisten the edges and fold over...

steam for 20 minutes and yer dun!!!  I used a bamboo steamer I bought from our local Asian market.  Hong Kong Market.
Here's the recipe:

Pork Dumplings

100 wonton wrappers
2 lbs ground pork
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger (I used more)
4 cloves minced garlic
2 tblsp thin sliced green onions
4 tblsp of soy sauce
3 tblsp of sesame oil
1 egg beaten
5 cups of finely shredded Chinese cabbage  ( I skipped because I didn't have)

Mix it all up then make those yummy dumplings!   Serve with fried rice, broccoli, egg plant...whatever!

1 comment:

JeanSkirtGirl said...

Yummy :-) love Carmencaita