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Garlic Chive Dumplings 韭菜水餃

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Dumplings are a must during Lunar New Year as they symbolize wealth and good fortune for the coming year. Garlic chive “韭菜 JiǔCài” symbolizes longevity and tastes amazing paired with pork to create the juicy pork dumpling.

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Wrapper Dough
2½ cups flour
1 cup warm water
¼ teaspoon salt
1 pound HORMEL® Ground Pork
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons HOUSE OF TSANG® Sesame Oil
1 inch fresh ginger, grated
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground white pepper
3 cups finely chopped garlic chives
¼ cup water


For the Wrapper Dough

  1. In bowl, Mix Wrapper Dough ingredients together. Let rest 5 minutes.

  2. Knead dough 5 minutes, or until smooth and shiny. Cover. Let rest for at least 15 minutes and up to 1 hour to relax dough.

  3. Divide dough into 45 (1 tablespoon or approximately 11 grams) portions. Using a rolling pin, roll each portion into a 3½-inch disc. Dust each with corn starch to prevent sticking; covering with a dampened towel as needed.

For the Filling

  1. Dumpling Filling:

    In bowl, combine pork, soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, salt and pepper. Using a fork, mix vigorously 4 to 5 minutes or until mixture is smooth and sticky. Add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until liquid is absorbed. Mix in garlic chives.

  2. Assembly:

    Place about 2 tablespoons of filling in the center of wrapper, rim edge of wrapper with water. Fold the dumpling in half and pinch the wrapper together at the meeting point in the center.

    On right side of the dumpling facing you, make three pleats starting with the closest point to the center.

    Repeat the same motion on the left side. Both sides of the pleats go towards the center from each side, meeting in the middle of the dumpling.

    Pinch the seams shut and make sure everything is completely sealed.

  3. Cooking the Dumplings:

    Bring a large pot of water to a rapid boil over high heat. Add dumplings. Cook 6 minutes. Frozen dumplings may take a little longer.

  4. Freezing the Dumplings:

    Line prepared dumplings on a baking sheet. Freeze. When dumplings are frozen, you can easily peel them off and keep in a zip top bag until ready to cook.

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