Muahaha, Karen graciously let me hijack her blog, so looks like you're stuck with me again! In an effort to hedge against the ballooning food costs plaguing the world, we've tried to cut down on our meat consumption as it's one of the most expensive items on our grocery list.
As a result, I've been faced with a new challenge - trying to keep dinners interesting without copious amounts of meat. To be fair, I did use some shrimp for the dumpling filling, but you could just as easily make it completely vegetarian by substituting bok choy or bell pepper. I ran the filling through a meat grinder to make it fine and well-blended. A food processor would probably achieve similar results. So here we are: my rendition of fried dumplings.
- 8-10 eggroll wrappers (you can find these in the refrigerated area of your produce section)
- 1/2 small head of cabbage, shredded
- 2-3 carrots, shredded
- 1/4 bunch of green onions, roughly chopped
- 1 Tbsp sesame seeds
- 2 Tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tsp fresh grated ginger
- 1 dozen cooked shrimp
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- Vegetable oil for frying
(Combine all dipping sauce ingredients in a ramekin)
- 2 Tbsp soy sauce
- 1/2 tsp fresh grated ginger
- 1/2 tsp grated garlic
- Dash of sesame oil
- Sprinkle of red chili flakes
Combine all of the dumpling ingredients, excluding the shrimp, into a sauté pan and cook over medium heat for about 5-7 minutes. Add the shrimp and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Process these ingredients (either through a meat grinder or in a food processor) until smooth. Use a tablespoon to add the filling to each wonton. If you have an awesome significant other (my obligatory shoutout to Karen), I suggest having him or her do the wrapping part. I may be great in the kitchen, but I lack the patience to wrap wontons.
Heat the oil in a medium saucepan until hot...but not smoking....nobody wants the fire department to show up. I added enough oil to fill the saucepan by about 1/4 inch (maybe 1/4 cup?). Drop a few wontons in at a time and cook for about 2 minutes per side, until golden brown.