Monday, July 16, 2007

Steamed dumplings!!

We had a fun family supper tonight! We made Asian steamed dumplings.

I mixed a pound of ground beef, a bunch of freshly chopped cilantro, sliced shiitake mushrooms, several generous dollops of soy sauce and sesame oil, kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, chopped pickled ginger, and minced onion together in a bowl:

The bright red bits are the chopped pickled ginger, which arrived today via the USPS. I like it better than the shaved ginger you usually get with sushi.

Put a small bit onto a wonton wrapper, wet the edges of the wrapper with water, and fold the wrapper over, pressing the edges well to secure them from popping open in the steamer:

The kids really enjoyed this process:

Steam them in a bamboo steamer for no more than ten minutes:

And they come out looking like this:

The kids, who thought the mushrooms and onions and ginger were a bit dodgy at first, snarfed them up joyously (I think that sharing in the making process was a huge plus in this instance):

If I were doing it just for the grownups, I probably would've jacked up the ginger a bit and perhaps added some hot pepper... but they were grrrreat nonetheless. You should give this a try!

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