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Dumplings are a staple in our home. Multiple times a year, we gather to crank out dumplings to enjoy that night and then load extras into the freezer. On busy weeknights when we're craving a homemade meal, we head to said trusty freezer to enjoy those made dumplings. Cozy enough for winter, but light enough for summer - dumplings make the perfect dinner. Learning how to make dumplings is easy and fun for the family to enjoy together.


Pork and Wild Garlic Dumplings with a Wild Garlic & Soy Dipping Sauce

This dumpling recipe is an authentic Japanese dumpling you would find made in any Japanese home. Wild garlic adds a delightful twist to traditional pork dumplings, giving them a fresh, spring-like flavor.


Pork & Wild Garlic Dumpling Recipe

serves 4-6


Ingredients

For the Dumpling Filling:

1/2 pound ground pork

1 cup wild garlic leaves, washed and finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1-inch piece of fresh ginger, minced

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon sesame oil

1 teaspoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1 green onion, finely chopped


For the Dumpling Wrappers:

1 package of dumpling wrappers (usually about 40 wrappers)


For Dipping Sauce:

1/4 cup soy sauce

2 tablespoons rice vinegar

1 teaspoon sesame oil

1 teaspoon honey

1/2 teaspoon finely grated ginger

Handful of wild garlic, minced

Red pepper flakes (optional, for heat)



Cooking Instructions

Prepare the Dumpling Filling

- In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground pork, finely chopped wild garlic leaves, minced garlic, minced ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar, salt, black pepper, and chopped green onion. Mix everything together until well combined. You can use your hands or a spoon to do this.


Assemble the Dumplings
  1. Take a dumpling wrapper in your left hand, and place about 1 tablespoon of the pork and wild garlic filling in the center. Don't overfill on your first ones.

  2. Moisten the edges of the wrapper with a little water, then fold it in half to create a semi-circle shape. Press the edges together to seal the dumpling.

  3. Using your pointer finger and thumb, pinch, pull and slightly pleat the dumpling to create a shaped half-moon.


Cook the Dumplings:

You can choose to either boil, steam, or pan-fry the dumplings. Here are instructions for each method:


Boiled Dumplings

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the dumplings and cook for about 5-6 minutes, or until they float to the surface. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain.


Steamed Dumplings

Place the dumplings in a steamer basket lined with parchment paper, cabbage leaves or carrot slices to prevent sticking. Steam for about 10-12 minutes until the wrappers tender and translucent.


Pan-fried Dumplings (Potstickers)

Heat a skillet with a good glug over medium-high heat. Place the dumplings in the pan and cook until the bottoms turn golden brown. Don't disturb. Allow them to form a nice crust. Then, add about 1/3 cup of water and cover with a lid. Allow the dumplings to steam for an additional 5-7 minutes, or until the water has evaporated.


Make the Dipping Sauce

In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, honey, grated ginger, minced wild garlic and red pepper flakes if you like it spicy. Adjust the ingredients to your taste.


Enjoy!


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How to Make Wild Garlic & Pork Dumplings | Recipe and Step-by Step

Dumplings are a staple in our home. Multiple times a year, we gather to crank out dumplings to enjoy that night and then load extras into the freezer. On busy weeknights when we're craving a homemade meal, we head to said trusty freezer to enjoy those made dumplings. Cozy enough for winter, but light enough for summer - dumplings make the perfect dinner. Learning how to make dumplings is easy and fun for the family to enjoy together.


Pork and Wild Garlic Dumplings with a Wild Garlic & Soy Dipping Sauce

This dumpling recipe is an authentic Japanese dumpling you would find made in any Japanese home. Wild garlic adds a delightful twist to traditional pork dumplings, giving them a fresh, spring-like flavor.


Pork & Wild Garlic Dumpling Recipe

serves 4-6


Ingredients

For the Dumpling Filling:

1/2 pound ground pork

1 cup wild garlic leaves, washed and finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1-inch piece of fresh ginger, minced

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon sesame oil

1 teaspoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1 green onion, finely chopped


For the Dumpling Wrappers:

1 package of dumpling wrappers (usually about 40 wrappers)


For Dipping Sauce:

1/4 cup soy sauce

2 tablespoons rice vinegar

1 teaspoon sesame oil

1 teaspoon honey

1/2 teaspoon finely grated ginger

Handful of wild garlic, minced

Red pepper flakes (optional, for heat)



Cooking Instructions

Prepare the Dumpling Filling

- In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground pork, finely chopped wild garlic leaves, minced garlic, minced ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar, salt, black pepper, and chopped green onion. Mix everything together until well combined. You can use your hands or a spoon to do this.