14 Deliciously Doughy Dumpling Recipes
Dumplings are universal; every single culture has a version of them, and really, it is no wonder why: These glutinous balls of flavor are unanimously delicious and incredibly satisfying.
From Low Country chicken and dumplings to Italian stuffed pastas, panzerottis, and gnocchi; South American empanadas; Shanghai-style soup dumplings, bao, and potstickers (both boiled and pan-fried); and Polish pierogis — the list could go on and on. Historically, making dumplings was a way to stretch meat and other ingredients to feed large groups of people, so they are usually as economical as they are delicious.
This week, we asked our talented Culinary Content Network of food bloggers for their favorite dumpling recipes — of any culture — for this installment of SWAT (Sharing With A Theme). Now, for you, we share 14 well-executed dumpling recipes of their own creation. So pick a culture, check out a recipe, and you too can enjoy the wonderful world of dumplings.
Authentic Chinese Restaurant Dumplings
Savory Experiments shows you the proper way to fold dumplings, and these ones are made with pork and shrimp.
Chicken Wasabi Dumplings
“These are filled with shredded veggies, fresh ginger, and nose clearing wasabi! These can easily be made ahead and freeze well,” writes Savory Experiments.
Chinese Pan-Fried Pork Soup Dumplings
“These shen jian bao (生煎包) are one of my family's favorite things to eat in Chinatown!” writes Eva Bakes.
Dim Sum Char Siu Bao
These Char Siu Bao buns are lovingly filled with pork, onion, chives, and a plethora of flavors.
Zestuous uses Gochujang in her dumplings. In her words, “Gochujang is a fermented Korean red chili paste that has a little bit smokier flavor than sriracha. It has a thick consistency like tomato paste and is made from red chilies, glutinous rice, soybeans, seasoning, and sweetener.”
Pennsylvania Dutch Apple Dumplings
Whole, peeled apples are coated in cinnamon sugar and then wrapped in pastry. Then, the apple dumplings are baked in an oven until the apples are soft and tender.
Praiano Shrimp Gnocchi
“This was such a good dish and tasted just like I remember from that balcony in Praiano, [Italy]. A sweet sauce, light with flavors of the roasted pepper, lemon, and fresh shrimp. It was amazing. Give it a try,” says Blog By Bins.
Spicy Chicken Dumplings
The Village Cook writes, “These were filled with a mixture of ground chicken breast, green onions, ginger, garlic and chili pepper flakes for a slight kick.”