Chinese New Year Dumplings

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I love the Chinese New Year!  It is a time of being inspired to try new recipes, including dishes that have never been on your radar before and to celebrate and learn about a different culture.  The Chinese New Year is an important Asian festival celebrated at the turn of the Chinese Calendar. Known as the Spring Festival, it was traditionally a time to honor deities as well as ancestors.  The evening preceding the new year is an occasion for Chinese families to gather for the annual reunion dinner.  It is a tradition to cleanse the house thoroughly in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for good incoming luck.  My first traditional dish, are Chinese Dumplings.  Usually made with pork and cabbage, I made them vegetarian simply because I was having a vegetarian for dinner. Eating dumplings at midnight is said to bring prosperity and wealth for the new year.

Recipe Makes  20 – 25  dumplings

Ingredients:

For The Dumplings:

2   cups all-purpose flour

3/4   cup slightly cooled boiling water

Chopped cilantro for finishing (optional)

 

For The Filling:

Olive Oil

2 – 3   scallions, finely chopped

1   large garlic clove, peeled and finely chopped

12 or so   brussel sprouts, thinly sliced

12 or so   cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced

1   red pepper, small diced

sea salt to taste

 

For The Dipping Sauce:

1/4   cup low sodium soy sauce (I use Tamari)

1/4   cup rice wine vinegar

1/4   cup fresh squeezed orange juice

1   scallion, white and green parts, sliced thinly

 

Preparing:

For The Filling:

Heat a little bit of olive oil in a saute pan, add the scallions, garlic, brussel sprouts, mushrooms, and red pepper and saute until soft, adding more olive oil if needed.

Season with salt and let cool before filling the dumplings.

 

For The Dumplings:

Combine the flour and water until a dough forms.  Knead for about 5 minutes, cover and let rest for 30 minutes.

After resting, break off small pieces of dough and roll out to desired size and thickness.

Fill each dumpling with a bit of filling, fold over, and crimp.

Steam, boil, or fry your dumplings.  I love to steam them!  I sprinkle a little bit of chopped cilantro on top before serving!

 

Dipping Sauce:

Whisk together soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, and orange juice until well combined.  Add the scallions and it is ready.

 

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