Dumplings have been around for thousands of years. There’s some variation of them in almost every culture. They’ve been known to show up in Roman prints dating back over 1,800 years ago and it’s more than likely Chinese dumplings go back further than that.
Imagine how many different variations of this ubiquitous dish have been made over that time period. Endless! They can be filled with pork, beef, vegetables, mushroom, etc. They can be fried, steamed, boiled, baked. If it were possible, I would try every single variation of dumpling and be perfectly content. However, for this recipe I used ground turkey and they came out perfectly packed with flavor.
How to make dumplings
Just the way you would combine all your ingredients to make homemade meatballs, you’ll want to do the same with your dumpling filling. Mix everything in a bowl until fully combined and prepare your wrappers.
You can find wrappers in almost any grocery store. First, cover a baking sheet with parchment paper and sprinkle some flour over it to prevent the wrappers from sticking. Then, lay out 4 wrappers and place a spoonful of filling in the center. To secure the edges, wet your pointer finger and outline the perimeter of the wrapper. Fold the top part and align it with the bottom and pinch to secure both sides together.
To create the pleats in the dumpling, make small folds on one side of the wrapper and pinch after each fold. Each fold should the width of your pointer finger. When you’ve finished assembling the dumplings, you’re ready to cook ’em up! Pan fry them on each side for about a minute and steam them to cook them through.
If you buy the wrappers at the grocery store, they usually come in packs of 60. So, if you are looking to bring an appetizer to a super bowl party or get together with friends, these are the perfect way to feed (and impress) a crowd.
And there you have it. So easy and it all comes together in less than 30 minutes. What’s great about this recipe is that it’s totally customizable to your palette. Have fun with it and enjoy!
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- dumpling wrappers
- flour for dusting
- 1 lb. of ground turkey
- 1/4 cup of chicken or vegetable broth
- 1/4 cup of scallions
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 2 tbsp of soy sauce
- 2 tsp of fish oil
- 2 tsp grated fresh ginger
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp of hoisin sauce (optional)
- 1 tbsp of vegetable oil
- Sprinkle flour on a cutting board, add 4 dumpling wrappers and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, add ground turkey, chicken broth, scallions, garlic, soy sauce, fish oil, ginger, egg, and hoisin sauce and mix together until all ingredients are combined.
- Scoop a teaspoon size amount of dumpling filling into the center of the wrapper. Wet perimeter of the wrapper with water with finger and fold top half with the bottom half. To make pleats, fold one side of the wrapper as you close it and pinch after each fold. Repeat with the remainder of ingredients.
- In a large skillet, add 1 tbsp of oil and heat up over medium heat.
- Pan fry each side of the dumpling about 1 -2 minutes on each side.
- Pour 1/3 of a cup of water into the pan and cover to steam the dumplings for 3 minutes. Turn heat down to low.
- Remove cover and let dumplings cook on low heat for another 3 minutes.
- Serve with favorite soy sauce.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 540Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 176mgSodium: 819mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 37g
The information shown is an estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.