Today we’re making from-scratch pan fried pork dumplings. And when I say from scratch. I mean FROM SCRATCH.
No wonton wrappers for these dumplings, and a savory scallion and Swift Meats Ground pork stuffing that is out of this world.
And to give it a little kick, we’re going to add a little chili oil on top!
Fried pork dumplings from scratch takes time. BUT its fun to make and something you can get the family involved in making.
Or just do it on your own and have some therapeutic me time.
Making the dough takes a few minutes to make, but also needs about an hour of rest. You can make the pork filling before or after the rest, but I like to do it before.
When preparing the pork filling, I like to make it before so that it can really marinate in the seasonings.
Stirring in a little water into my Swift Meats Ground Pork, to get it sticky, then the seasonings.
And I am really in love with this type of recipe. It is simple, wholesome ingredients, starting with Swift Meats ground pork.
Swift Meats Ground Pork is great source of protein and combined with simple ingredients for the filling. It’s a great meal to put on the table for my family.
And that beautiful pork filling has soaked up the flavors of that ginger, scallions, sesame oil and white pepper and is ready to rock in the same amount of time!
Now for the dumpling dough, OF COURSE you can use wrappers if you want to make this a quick meal.
I of course, had to give a crack and from scratch dumplings, and to be honest – coming from someone who isn’t the most patient – it honestly wasn’t too hard.
After the dumpling dough has rested after an hour, I learned that flattening it, then forming it into a donut shape.
Then give it a roll to make a uniform tube. Then I’ll cut it in triangle shapes with a pastry cutter about 1 inch or so in length to make the dough roll out.
And of course, Kenzie, had to tome in and help. After the first one she says “Can I have it?”
And off she went playing with it like it was clay. Don’t worry she didn’t eat it.
After the wrappers for your fried pork dumplings are ready, either from scratch or store bought- it is time for the pork filling.
Now the next part is a little daunting, but don’t over think it when wrapping if it doesn’t look picture perfect, don’t sweat it!
Add in about a tablespoon-ish of the pork filling. If you are using store bought wrappers, you’ll want to have a little water in a cup to line the outer edges.
Now fold the wrapper in half over the filling and give it a pinch. Keep it in your palm or use a counter top for support.
While holding the top with your non-dominant hand, use your dominant hand’s thumb and index finger to make pleats every ¼ inch or so. The pinch of the top folder to make it watertight.
This takes practice, but as long as they’re sealed, it’ll get the job done.
It took me a batch or two to the the hang of this, but it wasn’t so much that they weren’t useable, they just weren’t “pretty”. But I kind of like that feel for home-made fried pork dumplings!
After you fry the pork dumplings and the bottoms are golden brown, you’ll want to add a little water to steam them off and finish them.
Then I added a little chili oil on top to give them a kick!
The dough of the dumplings is just as you’d expect from a fried dumpling – crispy on the bottom, a little soft and chew on the top!
And the pork filling? AMAZING!
The Swift meats Ground pork is SO JUICY and flavorful.
Along with the flavor of ginger and scallions coming through for that traditional dumpling flavor.
It’s a solid recipe that you’ll want to make again and again to hone in the technique.
Get the kids involved and you’ve got a crew. Just kick back and enjoy the finer things in life!
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