Pork and Vegetable Dumplings

Pork and Vegetable Dumplings
Staff Writer
Pork and Vegetable Dumplings

Will Budiaman

Pork and Vegetable Dumplings

These dumplings are always a hit and are great boiled or pan-seared. Try substituting ground chicken or minced shrimp as a variation. They freeze well, so be sure to double the recipe to make more.

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Ingredients

For the ginger-soy dipping sauce

  • 3  Tablespoons  light soy sauce
  • 2  Tablespoons  black or rice vinegar
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  toasted sesame oil
  • 1  Teaspoon  warm water
  • 1/4  Teaspoon  sugar
  • 1  Teaspoon  minced red chiles
  • 1  Teaspoon  minced scallions

For the dumplings

  • 3  Cups  minced Napa cabbage
  • 1  Teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2  Pound  ground pork
  • shiitake mushrooms, dried, reconstituted, stemmed, and minced
  • scallions, minced
  • 1  Tablespoon  minced fresh ginger
  • cloves garlic, minced
  • 1  Tablespoon  light soy sauce
  • 1  Teaspoon  toasted sesame oil
  • 1  Tablespoon  cornstarch, plus more for the baking sheet
  • 1/8  Teaspoon  ground white pepper
  • 30  thin, round dumpling wrappers
  • 1/4  Cup  canola oil
  • 3/4-1 cup water

Directions

For the ginger-soy dipping sauce

To make the dipping sauce, whisk together all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside until ready to serve.

For the dumplings

Place the cabbage and salt in a large bowl and mix well. Set aside for 20 minutes to let the salt leach excess water from the cabbage.

In a large bowl, combine the pork, mushrooms, scallions, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil, cornstarch, and white pepper and mix well.

Use your hands to squeeze all the water out of the cabbage. Discard the excess water, add the cabbage to pork filling, and mix until well combined.

To make the dumplings, place a dumpling wrapper on your palm, brush water around the edge, and fill the center with a heaping tablespoon of filling. Fold the wrapper in half to form a half-moon. Use your thumb and index finger of one hand to fold 4-5 pleats across the back side of the dumpling, pressing the edges together to seal the dumpling. Gently curve the dumpling so that it sits up when placed on a flat surface. Repeat to make the remaining dumplings.

Lightly dust a baking sheet with cornstarch. Place the finished dumplings on the baking sheet and cover with a damp towel. (To serve at a later date, freeze the dumplings in a single layer until they are hard and then transfer to a sealable plastic bag. Steam the dumplings directly from the freezer for 10 minutes.)

To cook the dumplings, heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon of the canola oil to the hot pan. Place 8-10 dumplings in the pan and brown the bottoms until golden brown, 1-2 minutes.

Add ¼ cup of the water to the pan, cover with a lid, and steam until all of the water evaporates, 6-7 minutes. Transfer the cooked dumplings to a warmed platter and cover with foil. Cook the remaining dumplings and serve warm with the ginger-soy dipping sauce.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
10g
14%
Saturated Fat
2g
8%
Cholesterol
16mg
5%
Carbohydrate, by difference
4g
3%
Protein
5g
11%
Vitamin A, RAE
105µg
15%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
7mg
9%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
3µg
3%
Calcium, Ca
28mg
3%
Choline, total
13mg
3%
Fiber, total dietary
1g
4%
Folate, total
16µg
4%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
23mg
7%
Niacin
2mg
14%
Phosphorus, P
65mg
9%
Selenium, Se
7µg
13%
Sodium, Na
290mg
19%
Water
48g
2%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Pork Shopping Tip

Bone-in cuts tend to be slightly less expensive than their boneless counterparts, and have more flavor.

Pork Cooking Tip

According to the USDA, the recommended internal temperature for cooked pork should be 145 degrees Fahrenheit.

Pork Wine Pairing

Tempranillo, dolcetto, gewürztraminer, or muscat with roast pork; carmènere with  pork sausage; sangiovese, pinotage, or richer sauvignon blancs for stir-fried or braised pork dishes or pork in various sauces; syrah/shiraz, mourvèdre, Rhône blends, zinfandel, petite sirah, nero d'avola, or primitivo with barbecued spareribs or pulled pork, or with cochinito en pibil and other Mexican-spiced pork dishes.