Pork Dumplings

Ever had a craving for dumplings that just wouldn't stop?  Well, I certainly did earlier this week.  Dumplings from a restaurant or frozen in the grocery store have all sorts of unhealthy additives, so why not make them yourself?  It's much simpler than one would think.

The dough is simple to whip up with only 4 ingredients and minimal work.

Dumpling Dough

-10 oz AP flour
-1/4 tsp. salt
-1 T vegetable oil (I used walnut)
-3/4 cup boiling water

Stir up the flour and salt in a bowl.  Pour the oil into the hot water and add to the flour in two additions, stirring with a wooden spoon.  The mixture will be lumpy, knead on a counter top until smooth, about 3 minutes.

Place sough in a resealable bag and let rest for at least 30 minutes.

The filling can include whatever your heart desires. I used the following:

-3/4 lb ground pork
-1 tsp salt
-1 T Chinese chives,
-ground pepper
-1 T oil
-3 minced cloves of garlic
-ground ginger
-1 T soy sauce

Pinch one piece of dough into a circle at a time.  Use a skewer or a rolling pin to thin out the dumpling wrapper.

Dollop a mound of filling into the center of the round and wet the edge of 1/2 of the circle.  Fold over and pinch.  Shape as desired.

Boil or steam for 4-5 minutes or freeze to store and boil/steam for 6-8 minutes straight from the freezer.

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