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Delicious Hunan Dumplings

Hunan Dumplings are meat filled wontons generously covered during a sweet and spicy spread sauce. a favourite in Quebec, they’ll little question win your heart!

I’m almost able to bet that you simply haven't heard of Hunan Dumplings before. i attempted researching them online and didn’t find much information in the least . To be honest, I’m not even sure that they're actually a thing in Asia, or wherever it's that they're alleged to originate from… but they sure are here in Quebec! They’re an enormous favorite in Szechuan / Thaï restaurants. I’ll make certain to ask about their origin and history subsequent time i'm going to my favorite place!

Delicious Hunan Dumplings
Delicious Hunan Dumplings

But for the nonce , you’re probably left wondering just exactly what are Hunan Dumplings? Simply put, they’re meat filled wontons generously covered during a deliciously thick, sweet and spicy spread sauce. Deeeeeee-li-cious!

I’m telling you, if you’ve never tried them, you totally need to . I’ve little question that they’ll win you over, too! Especially if you’re a lover of peanut butter!

They are a food of affection , though, and take a touch little bit of time to form , especially since you've got to make all the small dumplings. But trust me, they're worth every single second you’ll spend within the kitchen, then some!

Delicious Hunan Dumplings

For the dumplings:

  • 8 oz lean ground beef or pork
  • 1 green onion, minced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1/2 tsp sambal oelek
  • 1/2 tsp fish sauce
  • 1/4 tsp ground white pepper
  • 48 wonton wrappers
  • 2 tbsp whole milk

For the peanut butter sauce:

  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup unpasteurized honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tbsp unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2-3 dried birds eye chilis, crushed (optional)

To garnish:

  • Toasted sesame seeds

To make the dumplings:

  1. In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients for the dumplings (except for the wrappers and milk) and mix with your hands or large spoon until well combined.
  2. Lay 9 to 12 wonton wrappers on a work surface and place about half a teaspoon of stuffing right in the center of each wrapper. Brush the edges with a little bit of milk and then fold the wrappers in half, bringing one corner slightly passed the center of the opposing edge (see picture in post for visual reference). Press to seal, taking care to remove as much air as you can.
  3. Brush a little bit more milk on both sides of the edges of the folded wontons and then crimp the edge "accordion" style to form a little purse, pressing lightly as you go to ensure that they stick well.
  4. Repeat with the rest of the wonton wrappers until you run out of stuffing.
  5. Be sure to keep the wrappers and finished dumplings covered with a damp cloth while you are working to ensure that they don't dry out.
  6. Once all the dumplings are done, you can choose to cook them immediately or refrigerate or freeze them in airtight containers to cook at a later time; just make certain that they do not touch until completely refrigerated or frozen to prevent them from sticking together. Refrigerated dumplings will keep for maximum of 24 hours, while the frozen ones will keep for up to several months. You can cook the frozen dumplings directly from the freezer without thawing them first.

To make the sauce:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium-low heat, whisking constantly, until smooth and creamy. Note that you can make the sauce while the dumplings are cooking.

To cook the dumplings:

  1. Bring plenty of salted water to a roaring boil; Delicately add the dumplings to the boiling water and boil until fully cooked, about 2 to 3 minutes for fresh dumplings, 6 to 8 minutes for frozen.
  2. Remove the cooked dumplings with a slotted spoon, letting excess water drip, and place them in a large serving plate or shallow bowl. Pour the sauce directly over the dumplings, garnish with toasted sesame seeds and serve without delay.

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