Steamed Pork Dumplings

by Renee on April 28, 2012

Steamed Pork Dumplings

Happy Birthday Buddha! The Holiday Recipe Club is celebrating this occasion by sharing recipes having gram masala, tofu, or sesame as one or more ingredients. I was excited when I received the information on today’s event from Erin. It gave me the reason to make steamed dumplings for the first time. The only Asian-inspired dish I have made before is Asian Slaw. This event caused me to expand my cooking skills and for that I am grateful.

The pork dumplings recipe has simple ingredients. When I went to my pantry to get the soy sauce I spotted the bottle of Intensity Academy Gourmet Green Tea Sauce next to it. I had received the sauce along with chili seasoning earlier this year as a part of the Super Bowl Sunday Supper event. I had decided to make my Loosen Your Belt Chili Skins with the seasoning and did not try the sauce. This HRC event has also given me a reason to try something else new. I decided to substitute the Green Tea sauce for the soy sauce. The extra seasonings in it fit right in with the recipe and doubled as a flavorful dipping sauce.

Making the dumplings was easier than I imagined. I do not know why I thought it would be somewhat difficult. I used pre-made wonton wrappers as called for in the original recipe. I had to modify the method because there is no way the amount of filling per dumpling would work. I also made them into crescent shapes instead of the extra fold to form a beggar’s purse.

How did my first Asian dumplings turn out? Well, absolutely yummy! On the day I made them, my husband called and said he would be working late and would not be home for dinner. After cooking and taking photos I thought I would eat a few dumplings and then make a small meal for myself. A few turned into, oh, about 18 or so (who is counting anyway?) and I filled up on them. Delish!

Have you tried something new in the kitchen lately? Perhaps a different technique or food? I did and now I am ready to head on to the next cooking adventure.

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Steamed Pork Dumplings

Steamed Pork Dumplings

  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onion (green part only)
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons Intensity Academy Green Tea Gourmet Sauce
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • 1 package wonton wrappers
  • Napa cabbage leaves
  • Intensity Academy Green Tea Gourmet Sauce
  • Toasted sesame seeds
  • Asian chili oil or sriracha sauce (optional)

In a food processor fitted with a knife blade, combine the pork, garlic, and green onions and process until smooth. Add the sesame oil, Green Tea Gourmet sauce, and heavy cream. Process until combined. Season with salt and pepper and pulse a few times to combine. Transfer the pork mixture to a small bowl and set aside.

Cut the wonton wrappers into a 2 1/2-inch circle. Place one teaspoon of the pork mixture in the center of each circle. Moisten the edges with water, fold in half, and press the edges together making sure there are no air bubbles.

Line a bamboo steamer with the cabbage leaves. Place the steamer over a wok or pan of simmering water, cover, and steam the cabbage leaves for a few minutes. Arrange the dumplings on the leaves and steam, covered, until the dumplings are tender and the pork is done, about 8 to 10 minutes. Serve the warm dumplings with the Green Tea Gourmet Sauce topped with toasted sesame seeds. For a spicy kick, add a dash chili oil and/or sriracha to the sauce.

Notes

Soy sauce may be substituted for the Green Tea Gourmet Sauce.

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Disclamer: I received the Gourmet Green Tea Sauce from Intensity Academy free of charge. I was not given any compensation for using the product nor was I obligated to give it a positive review. Opinions in this blog are my strictly my own.



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BigFatBaker April 28, 2012 at 1:55 am

Wow Renee, I am so impressed! I have always been intimidated to make dumplings but now I’m convinced. These look too good to pass up! I bet they were fabulous with the green tea sauce as well. I am so glad you were able to expand your cooking horizons and joined us for our first international holiday :)

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Renee May 2, 2012 at 10:34 am

Thanks Erin!

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K-bobo @ Gormandize with A-dizzle & K-bobo April 28, 2012 at 7:27 am

I love making dumplings! It’s definitely easier than you think once you try it! Thanks for joining the Buddha’s Birthday Hop!

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Renee May 2, 2012 at 10:36 am

Thank you and I am really enjoying the Holiday Recipe Club and hopping over to such great recipes from the group.

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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers April 28, 2012 at 9:19 am

I love dumplings and your recipe looks amazing!!! These would be a hit in my house!!!

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Renee May 2, 2012 at 10:36 am

Thanks Jennifer!

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Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts April 28, 2012 at 9:35 am

Yum!! These look amazing! I love dumplings, and haven’t made them in awhile!

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Renee May 2, 2012 at 10:37 am

Time to make some dumplings then! Hope you give this recipe a try.

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Jen @ Juanita's Cocina April 28, 2012 at 9:39 am

Renee!!!! DIVINE!!!!

I love making my own dumplings. But, mine never turn out as beautiful as yours! Gorgeous!

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Renee May 2, 2012 at 10:37 am

Thanks Jen! You will have to share your recipe one day.

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Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious April 28, 2012 at 10:07 am

I’ve been meaning to make dumplings for a while. They’re so much fun to assemble and if you make a lot, they freeze so well. Your dumplings came out absolutely perfect, and I can’t wait to try out this recipe. Well done!

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Renee May 2, 2012 at 10:39 am

Thank you for the tip on freezing them. I think it would be great to have them ready to defrost and steam when in a time crunch.

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Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious April 28, 2012 at 10:10 am

Also, if you plan on making a lot of dumplings in the near future, they have this nifty handheld dumpling folding thingy (sorry, I don’t know the name but it’s really cheap) that folds the dumplings for you and makes the creases. As Jen said above, your dumplings did come out perfect but this thing just makes life a little easier :)

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Renee May 2, 2012 at 10:40 am

Hmmm…dumpling folding thingy – I will have to look for it (I love kitchen gadgets).

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Karriann April 28, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Yum! I’m really a sucker for dumplings ;)

“Spice it Up”

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Renee May 2, 2012 at 10:40 am

Thanks Karriann!

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Rhonda April 28, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Won ton wrappers made life so much easier. Your dumplings sound divine.

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Renee May 2, 2012 at 10:41 am

One day I may tackle making homemade wonton wrappers but until then I am glad the pre-made are available.

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Liz April 28, 2012 at 8:10 pm

Oh, yeah, I could easily make these my dinner! They look fantastic, Renee!

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Renee May 2, 2012 at 10:41 am

Thank you Liz!

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Jennie @themessybakerblog April 29, 2012 at 9:04 am

Renee, these look extremely tasty. My husband adores steamed dumplings. I’m going to have to make him these.

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Renee May 2, 2012 at 10:42 am

Thanks Jennie! I will have make them again soon because my husband missed out due to working late. I know he would enjoy them too.

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Baker Street April 29, 2012 at 10:25 pm

WOW Renee! This is truly impressive. I’m really intimated when it comes to making dumplings at home but your post really gives me the much needed push. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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Renee May 2, 2012 at 10:44 am

I had fun making the dumplings (and eating them too). Hope you will make some soon.

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CJ at Food Stories April 30, 2012 at 1:23 pm

I’ve never made dumplings at home before but these don’t look hard at all :-)

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Renee May 2, 2012 at 10:46 am

They are way easy to make!

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amy @ fearless homemaker April 30, 2012 at 6:36 pm

oh yum! these sound awesome. i’m a huge fan of dumplings + pot stickers + these look amazing. i could definitely go for a bunch right now!

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Renee May 2, 2012 at 10:48 am

Thank you Amy! I have always like Asian dumplings and pot stickers so I am thrilled I can now whip up some in no time.

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Jenn and Seth (@HomeSkilletCook) May 2, 2012 at 3:17 pm

i love homemade dumplings! these sound so delicious that i’m totally craving some…

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