Keyword: big batch recipes, dumplings, entertaining, party food, pickup food
1cupcabbageshredded or sliced thin; plus extra leaves for lining steamer
1tbspcornstarchplus extra for dusting wrappers
1tbspfresh gingerfinely chopped
1/2cupscallions (green onions)white and green portion
50-60dumpling or wonton wrappersthawed
waterfor sealing dumpling wrappers
soy saucefor dipping
peanut saucefor dipping
Assembling the dumplings:
In a large bowl mix together ground pork, shredded cabbage, soy sauce, chili paste, sesame oil, rice vinegar, 1T corn starch, ginger, fish sauce, scallions, shallots, and egg whites.
Lightly dust a full sized sheet pan with corn starch and set aside. Fill a small bowl or cup with water and set next to your work surface with a small pastry brush.
Spread one layer of wonton wrappers out on your work surface and place a scoop of pork filling in the center of each wrapper. I like to use a small spring loaded scoop to speed up the process, but a spoon will work fine. Dip your pastry brush in water and paint around the edges of each pork dollop to moisten the edges of each wonton wrapper.
One at a time pick up the dumpling and pinch the edges of the wrapper together to only leave a small opening at the top and create a “beggars purse”. Once the sides of the wonton wrapper are folded and formed around the pork filling place the assembled dumpling on the corn starch dusted sheet pan. Repeat until all dumplings are assembled and resting on the sheet pan ready to be steamed.
At this point the dumplings can be covered and frozen for steaming at a later date. Because the batch makes 4-5 dozen dumplings it’s a great recipe to split at this step and freeze half to enjoy another day.
Steaming the dumplings:
Fill your base pot with a couple inches of water and bring to a boil.
Line the bamboo steamer with cabbage leaves and place the steamer on top of the pot of boiling water. Leave for 3-4 minutes, enough time for the cabbage to wilt a bit for easier placement of dumplings.
Place dumplings directly on the cabbage leaves to prevent sticking and making sure not to over crowd the steamer. Cover with the steamer top and steam for 7-10 minutes until pork is cooked fully through.
Continue steaming in batches until all dumplings are cooked. You may have to replace the cabbage liners half way through if they become too small to cover the surface of the bamboo steamer. Serve immediately with soy sauce and peanut sauce for dipping.
If you froze the assembled dumplings do not thaw them befor steaming. Place frozen dumplings directly on top of the cabbage leaves in the steamer and cook for 11-13 minutes.