If you’re not following me on Instagram then be sure to do so. Lately I have been doing live little cooking demos with my kids. I have always said it’s so important to get the kids in the kitchen. This will help them develop so much from becoming open to trying new things to appreciating food. Anyway I have been picking out things that they love to eat and we have been making them live. They love being in front of the camera and interacting with everyone. Below is my daughter’s absolute favorite Chinese dumplings. Although this may not be a traditional recipe it still works. Some people prefer them steamed, but we actually like them pan seared with a steamed finish. I have also posted the live video on YouTube. The link is below. Enjoy!
1 lb Ground Pork
Salt & Pepper, to taste
2 teaspoon toasted sesame seed oil
2 teaspoons low sodium soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon ginger, grated
2 garlic cloves, grated
1/2 cup scallions, chopped
1/4 cup chives, chopped
1/3 cup shiitake mushrooms, finely diced
Dash of sugar, this will balance all of the flavors
Vegetable oil for searing
1 package wonton wrappers
In a large bowl mix mix all of the above ingredients except for vegetable oil and wonton wrappers.
In a cast iron skillet (or whatever skillet you may have) on medium heat, add a little bit of vegetable oil and cook a little of that ground meat mixture (about 1 teaspoon) taste for additional seasoning if needed. Set skillet aside with heat off.
Now begin to fill the wrappers. Start with the floured surface. Add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of filling in the center of a wrapper. Wet the edge of the dumpling with water, using your finger, and fold making a triangle. Pinch all the way around the edges like a little package. Repeat until all the dumplings are filled. Set aside.
Heat the vegetable oil over high heat in the same skillet. Working in batches, pan-fry the dumplings by placing them bottom-side down and frying until golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes.
Once the dumplings are golden brown, working carefully (it will splatter), pour 1/4 cup water into the skillet to cover the dumplings. Immediately cover with a lid, leaving a small crack for steam to escape. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes. Place the dumplings on a paper towel-lined plate to soak up excess oil. Repeat.
Serve with favorite dipping sauce.
YouTube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45Hf_NV_qpU