Monday, April 8, 2013

Jiaozi (Chinese Dumplings)

Do you remember when you fell in love with your mate? Remember all those butterflies, the first kiss, the first "I love you"? Ponder that for a while. It brings a lot of feelings back doesn't it? Now try it with your love. 

Romantic Tip: Revisit a first date or first meeting place and reminisce about what brought you together, what you have learned since and what you’re looking forward to together.

Now on to today's food... I am a major dumpling fanatic. I love them all ways, but savory is my favorite. There is nothing that beats a hand made dumpling. The fresh noodles call my name.  Most people are too scared to try them on their own, but you can do it. These are not hard to make at all. It just takes a little time and patience and you will have your love eating them out of your hands. Do it!

Jiaozi (Chinese Dumplings)
adapted from Closet Cooking
Makes 30 dumplings

2 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup water (warm)
1 pound ground pork
1/2 cup finely diced cabbage
1/4 cup finely diced green onion
1 tablespoon ginger (finely diced)
1 tablespoon garlic minced
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tablespoons gluten-free soy sauce -or- braggs amino acids
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon cornstarch

Mix the flour and water in a large mixing bowl until it is fully incorporated.
Knead the dough on a floured surface until smooth.
Cover the dough with a damp cloth while you let it rest for 30 minutes.
Roll the dough into long cylinders about 1 1/2 inches thick and cut the cylinders into 1/2 inch pieces.
Flatted the pieces with the palm of your hand forming discs and then rolled them out to about 2 inch diameter.
Mix the pork, cabbage, green onions, bamboo shoots, ginger, garlic, gf soy sauce, salt, pepper, sesame oil, and cornstarch.
Place a small spoonful of the filling in the center of the wrapper, 
fold the two sides over the center and pleat the edges to seal the filling in.
Heat some oil in a large pan over medium-high heat, add the dumplings and fry until their bottoms are golden brown, about 3 minutes.
Carefully add 1/2 cup of water, cover and steam until the water has disappeared, about 3-5 minutes.
Uncover and cook for another 2 minutes over medium low heat.
Serve with Garlic Chili Sauce. (Recipe Below)

Garlic Chili Sauce
3 tablespoons gluten-free soy sauce -or- braggs amino acids
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1 green onion (thinly sliced)
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon chili sauce
Stir together and serve with your dumplings.

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  1. Such dumplings always seemed so difficult to make.. :) They look just yummy and are so it

  2. ice work .Thanks for the share. Keep up writing so that we can get more yummy recipe like this one.
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