|These were not intended to be fried--but turned out fabulously nonetheless.|
Also, lurking in the fridge: wan ton wrappers. Wantonly languishing, wanton wrappers. So then I was like: what can you make with shrimp and wanton wrappers? Think, think: SHRIMP DUMPLINGS!!!!
|Shrimp dumpling ingredients!|
These tasted awesome, just like dim sum. But the real winner was the ginger-scallion sauce: it was great. It would be the perfect sauce for noodles, stir-fry or any kind of meat or veggies.
2 pounds peeled, de-veined shrimp: chop finely
1 can of water chestnuts (small can), finely chopped
2 bunches of scallions, finely chopped
1 TB sesame oil
1 TB chili paste or Sriracha
2 inch fat piece of ginger, chopped
1 TB soy sauce
1 egg white
1 TB brown sugar
12-15 wanton wrappers.
What to do:
1. Mix the shrimp, chopped water chestnuts, scallions, soy sauce, sugar, egg white, ginger and sesame oil in a bowl.
|Half-chopped scallions on a still-shrimpy cutting board.|
|All the ingredients, prior to mixing.|
|Raw shrimpy filling goodness|
|My dumpling factory|
|Edges brushed with water. !|
|Pinch all the sides firmly together|
|Pinch the edges into ruffles|
Originally, I had been planning to steam these. But we didn't end up cooking these until the day after I made them--as they sat raw in the fridge, the wet filling got the wrappers all soggy, and little tears formed in the wantons as I took them off the tray. I figured frying them would be better in this situation--filling wouldn't spill out and they wouldn't get soggy.
Ginger-Scallion-Garlic Dipping Sauce
1 3-inch piece of ginger, minced or grated
2 fat garlic cloves, minced or grated
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup neutral oil, like canola or a light olive oil
3 TB sesame oil
2 TB cold water
2 TB brown sugar
1 bunch scallions, sliced thin
Spicy element to taste (I used about a teaspoon of red pepper flakes. Sriracha or cayenne pepper would work well here too, or some minced jalapenos)
What to do:
Put all the ingredients into a container with a tight lid. Shake till emulsified!
Pour onto dumplings or serve on the side as a dip.
Looking at this recipe, it seems like a lot of ingredients--but really it's pretty easy, Other than the scallions and ginger, I had all of these ingredients on hand before I went shopping.
Again, this sauce is GREAT. It would be amazing dripped over steamed green beans, plain chicken, anything. You must make it!
|Saucy dumpling goodness|