Cheddar-Apple Dumpling

Nothing goes together quite like cheddar cheese and apple pie, so why not try cheddar-apple dumplings? Try trading that...
Cheddar-Apple Dumpling Recipe

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Cheddar-Apple Dumpling Recipe

Nothing goes together quite like cheddar cheese and apple pie, so why not try cheddar-apple dumplings? Try trading that tired apple pie recipe for this creative twist on the classic apple and cheese pairing.

Ingredients

For the filling:

  • 3  Tablespoons  unsalted butter
  • 1/4  Cup  onion, diced
  • small apples, peeled, cored, and diced
  • 1  Teaspoon  fresh thyme, minced
  • Pinch of  black pepper
  • Pinch of  salt
  • 1/2  Cup  cheddar cheese, shredded

For the dough:

  • 3  Cups  all-purpose flour
  • Pinch of  salt
  • 3/4  Cups  water
  • Vegetable oil, for cooking

Directions

For the filling:

Heat the butter in a medium sauté pan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 3 minutes until the onion has softened. Add the apples to the pan thyme, pepper, and salt and stir. Cook the apples for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove the pan from the heat and transfer the apples to a bowl to cool. Once cooled, stir in the cheddar cheese. 

For the dough:

In a large bowl, add the flour and make a well. Pour the water in the well, and using a fork, slowly incorporate the flour and water. Continue to add flour until a soft dough has formed; you may not need all of the flour. Knead the dough for about 7 minutes, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 20 minutes.

Then, divide the dough into 1-inch round balls. Place the divided dough piece in the palm of your hand, and flatten the dough to form the outside of the dumpling. Place on a floured work surface. Add about a tablespoon of filling to each dumpling, and fold in half. Pinch the edges to seal.

To cook the dumplings, coat a large skillet in vegetable oil. Heat over medium-high heat. Add the dumplings to the pan, working in batches to not overcrowd the pan. Cook the dumplings for 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown. Once all the dumplings are browned, turn off the heat and return all of the dumplings to the pan. Add enough water to the pan to just cover the dumplings, and cover with a lid. Steam the dumplings for 4 to 5 minutes or until done. 

Cheddar Shopping Tip

If a piece of cheese smells strongly of ammonia, don't buy it. This is typically a sign of spoilage.

Cheddar Cooking Tip

Allow cheese to come to room temperature before serving. This will accentuate the flavors and aromas.

Cheddar Wine Pairing

Rich white wines and full-bodied reds go well with most cheeses and cheese-based dishes. Some specific recommendations: chardonnay or pinot blanc with goat cheese; dry chenin blanc with earthy cheeses; rosé or sercial madeira with melted-cheese appetizers; port with blue cheese (especially stilton); amontillado sherry or syrah/shiraz with strong cheeses; olooros or palo cortado sherry with creamy cheeses; merlot or carménère with mild cheeses; cabernet sauvignon, malbec, mourvèdre, Rhône blends, or petite sirah with cheddar- or gouda-type cheeses; nero d'avola with full-flavored Spanish or Italian cheeses; sangiovese with dishes using parmigiano-reggiano and similar cheeses.