I just love wonton’s! Before the kids came along we used to have wonton Saturday’s where we would experiment and make different things out of wontons. I really miss those days, having hours to prepare a delicious meal and then sit down and enjoy it while it is still hot. Ahhh the good old days.
One of my favourite things to make with wontons is vegetable dumplings. Unfortunately, being a vegetarian there are not a lot of pre-made vegetable dumplings in the stores, lots of one’s filled with meat, but not with vegetables. Where I live there are not even any restaurants I have found with some vegetable dumplings. When we lived in Montreal there were a number of restaurants with delicious vegetable dumplings and I really miss that!Do you love #vegetariandumplings? Try out this easy recipe Click To Tweet
Here is my favourite dumpling recipe. As with everything, I adapt it based on what I have in my fridge and what is available at the grocery store.
- •A package of wontons (found usually in the produce section by the bagged salads or tofu). I prefer the smaller ones to the bigger ones but they both work
- •Firm tofu - crumble it manually by hand
- •Bean Sprouts - wash and roughly chop
- •A bag of coleslaw (precut cabbage, if you want to buy a cabbage and do this manually you can too)
- •Green onions - chopped
- •Mushrooms - chopped
- •Carrots - grated or finely chopped
- •Pepper - chopped (I prefer red)
- •Soy sauce to taste (usually a tablespoon or two)
- •Sesame Oil (a teaspoon or two)
- •Wash and cut the veggies. Or you can use a food processor if you don't feel like cutting.
- •In a frying pan sauté the onions, mushrooms and pepper. Add the crumbled tofu and start to brown. Add the carrots and coleslaw and cook until soft. Add soy sauce and sesame oil to taste. Add bean sprouts and cook until they are tender but cooked too.
- •This is the time consuming part, the assembling. I have a little dumpling press which makes this part much easier, but you can do it manually too. I grab a wonton, use my fingers to brush water along the edges, add a spoon of filling and close it up. How you choose to close it is a personal preference, you can do it like a present (the edges overlapped at the top) or like a triangle and press the edges together. Experiment with what you prefer and what tastes best.
- •I have a bamboo steamer and I love it! I put some water in a saucepan (a few inches) and boil it. I add the dumplings to the steamer and put it in the pan on the water (you don't want the water to touch them). I like to cook them for 3 minutes, but again personal preference.
- •Use a small spatula to carefully take out the dumplings (they can be pretty fragile).
That’s it! Douse in your favourite sauce, mine is the peanut sauce that I linked below. If you have kids who like to help in the kitchen they will be great assembling, my daughter loves to work the dumpling press. It’s a great way to encourage kids to help in the kitchen.
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