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Mushroom Leek Chinese Dumplings

Hi, guys! Whew! I’m kind of amazed that I actually found the time to sit and write this post. You might vaguely remember way back when I mentioned that life has been pretty busy around here. Well, after three years out of the lab and then one year working as-needed contracting work, I’ve finally gone back to work full time.

Easy mushroom leek Chinese dumplings. Deliciously savory and vegetarian, too! Step-by-step folding tutorial plus three cooking methods!

It’s fun and exciting for me, but definitely a big change for the girls who are used to seeing me 24/7. I’ve been trying to make up for it when I get home from work, but that means less blogging and interacting with other blogger friends, which I’m kind of sad about. There just isn’t enough time in the day. I’m still trying to figure out the best way to fit it all in. It’s a work in progress. I know there are lots of bloggers out there who work full time and maintain a blog. Any tips for me?

Easy mushroom leek Chinese dumplings. Deliciously savory and vegetarian, too! Step-by-step folding tutorial plus three cooking methods!Easy mushroom leek Chinese dumplings. Deliciously savory and vegetarian, too! Step-by-step folding tutorial plus three cooking methods!

But anyway, we’re here to talk about mushrooms. If you didn’t know already, I’m kind of in love with mushrooms (see here, here, here and here.) They’re savory and flavorful but also the perfect vehicle to carry other flavors.

Easy mushroom leek Chinese dumplings. Deliciously savory and vegetarian, too! Step-by-step folding tutorial plus three cooking methods!Easy mushroom leek Chinese dumplings. Deliciously savory and vegetarian, too! Step-by-step folding tutorial plus three cooking methods!

So when I saw that this month’s Foodie Extravaganza theme was mushrooms, my wheels were spinning so hard. So many possibilities! In the end I decided to keep it “simple” with something I make all the time – dumplings.

Easy mushroom leek Chinese dumplings. Deliciously savory and vegetarian, too! Step-by-step folding tutorial plus three cooking methods!Easy mushroom leek Chinese dumplings. Deliciously savory and vegetarian, too! Step-by-step folding tutorial plus three cooking methods!

You noted the quotes around “simple”, didn’t you? 😉 There are some steps involved with making these. They definitely take some time, but they aren’t hard to make. Plus, home made dumplings are so worth it! I usually make (at least) a double batch and freeze the rest for easy lunches and dinners. Genius, right? Thanks. 😛

Easy mushroom leek Chinese dumplings. Deliciously savory and vegetarian, too! Step-by-step folding tutorial plus three cooking methods!Easy mushroom leek Chinese dumplings. Deliciously savory and vegetarian, too! Step-by-step folding tutorial plus three cooking methods!

Before I get into the recipe, how about a quick little tutorial on how I fold dumplings? I like to do a few pleat folds on just the front of the wrapper because it shapes the dumplings so that they have a bottom. I don’t pleat all the way across or with both sides of the wrapper because I find that really reduces the amount of filling you can add. So with that, here we go!

Easy mushroom leek Chinese dumplings. Deliciously savory and vegetarian, too! Step-by-step folding tutorial plus three cooking methods!Easy mushroom leek Chinese dumplings. Deliciously savory and vegetarian, too! Step-by-step folding tutorial plus three cooking methods!Easy mushroom leek Chinese dumplings. Deliciously savory and vegetarian, too! Step-by-step folding tutorial plus three cooking methods!Easy mushroom leek Chinese dumplings. Deliciously savory and vegetarian, too! Step-by-step folding tutorial plus three cooking methods!Easy mushroom leek Chinese dumplings. Deliciously savory and vegetarian, too! Step-by-step folding tutorial plus three cooking methods!Easy mushroom leek Chinese dumplings. Deliciously savory and vegetarian, too! Step-by-step folding tutorial plus three cooking methods!Easy mushroom leek Chinese dumplings. Deliciously savory and vegetarian, too! Step-by-step folding tutorial plus three cooking methods!Easy mushroom leek Chinese dumplings. Deliciously savory and vegetarian, too! Step-by-step folding tutorial plus three cooking methods!

Add a small amount of filling to the middle of your wrapper. Dip your finger in a bit of water and spread a thin layer around the edge of wrapper. Fold the wrapper in half and pinch at the top of the arc. While still holding that middle point with your left hand, grasp the front wrapper just to the right of the pinch and make a small pleat towards the middle, pinching against the back wrapper to seal. Using your left hand to hold that initial pleat, use your right hand to again make a small pleat with the front wrapper just to the right of the last pleat. Pinch against the back wrapper firmly to seal. Repeat this on the left side then pinch the edges closed. There! You have a cute little dumpling.

Easy mushroom leek Chinese dumplings. Deliciously savory and vegetarian, too! Step-by-step folding tutorial plus three cooking methods!Easy mushroom leek Chinese dumplings. Deliciously savory and vegetarian, too! Step-by-step folding tutorial plus three cooking methods!

Pleating too much for you? After spreading water around the edges of the wrapper, you can simply fold them in half and seal all the way across to make little half moons. Easy peasy. Confession – aside from preferring my dumplings stand upright, I also don’t fold them this way because…I’m slower at it. I’ve done the pleat method for so long that I’m somehow faster at it than just folding in half and sealing. I don’t know why. I’m weird, okay?

Easy mushroom leek Chinese dumplings. Deliciously savory and vegetarian, too! Step-by-step folding tutorial plus three cooking methods!Easy mushroom leek Chinese dumplings. Deliciously savory and vegetarian, too! Step-by-step folding tutorial plus three cooking methods!

Side note – If you happen to be following a gluten free or grain free diet, check out my almond flour dumpling wrappers. They work perfectly with these. Otherwise, your standard dumpling wrappers work fine.

Easy mushroom leek Chinese dumplings. Deliciously savory and vegetarian, too! Step-by-step folding tutorial plus three cooking methods!Easy mushroom leek Chinese dumplings. Deliciously savory and vegetarian, too! Step-by-step folding tutorial plus three cooking methods!

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Mushroom Leek Chinese Dumplings
 
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Serves: 40 dumplings
Ingredients
  • 1 lb mushrooms
  • 1 lb leeks
  • 0.5lb - 1lb napa cabbage
  • 2 Tbs liquid aminos or soy sauce
  • 2 Tbs sesame oil
  • 40 dumpling wrappers
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp fresh, grated ginger (optional)
Instructions
  1. Cut the dark green leaves off the leeks, leaving just the pale green and white parts. Cut this part in half and slice thinly. Place leeks in a bowl of cool water and swish to get rid of any dirt or sand. Remove the leeks from the water and allow to drain.
  2. Dice the mushrooms.
  3. Dice the cabbage.
  4. In a large pot, add a little olive oil (if desired) and cook the leeks a couple minutes until just softened.
  5. Add the mushrooms and cabbage and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste and cook until the mushrooms have reduced in volume, about 5 minutes more. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  7. When mixture is cooled, add the liquid aminos/soy sauce, sesame oil and ginger if using and mix well.
  8. Place a couple teaspoons filling in the middle of each wrapper and fold as desired (instructions on how I wrap in the post above).
  9. Cook immediately or freeze for later.
To cook the dumplings:
  1. Steam for 10 to 12 minutes OR
  2. Boil by adding dumplings to boiling water and cooking until they float OR
  3. Heat a little oil in a fry pan over medium heat. Add the dumplings and about ¼ cup of water. Cover and cook about 5 minutes or until most of the water has evaporated. Remove the lid and cook 1-2 minutes more until the bottoms are browned and crispy.

 

Easy mushroom leek Chinese dumplings. Deliciously savory and vegetarian, too! Step-by-step folding tutorial plus three cooking methods!

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12 Comments

  1. Those pleated dumplings look amazing! I am not sure I could do it, but now I am inspired to try! We have only made dumplings at home a time or two, so this definitely inspired me to try again soon!
    Carlee recently posted…Chicken and Mushroom Crepes #FoodieExtravaganzaMy Profile

  2. I love Chinese dumplings like these but sadly never get round to making them quite as often as I might like. These look great!

  3. You know, I could probably enjoy mushrooms in these dumplings. They look perfect!
    Lauren @ Sew You Think You Can Cook recently posted…#FoodieExtravaganza: MushroomsMy Profile

  4. These are GORGEOUS and look so tasty!! YUMM!!
    Rebekah @ Making Miracles recently posted…#FoodieExtravaganza ~ Marinated MushroomsMy Profile

  5. I love dumplings and I love the filling you made for in these. I can’t wait to try them.
    Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm recently posted…Gluten Free Mushroom Bread Pudding for #FoodieExtravaganzaMy Profile

  6. Your dumplings and recipe look fabulous! I’ve made dumplings once, just the half moon. You’ve inspired me to try pleating them! Pinned!
    Christine recently posted…Portabella and Butternut squash Crepes with a Creamy Parmesan Sauce #FoodieExtravaganzaMy Profile

  7. Your dumplings look perfect! I am quicker at pleating than half moons too. Now I am really craving dumplings.
    Tara recently posted…Foodie Extravaganza Mushrooms: Rántott Gomba (Hungarian Fried Mushrooms)My Profile

  8. What beautiful dumplings! Love them!
    Teri@The Freshman Cook recently posted…Crusted Seafood Mushroom Caps/#Foodie ExtravaganzaMy Profile

  9. Wow, you know about liquid amino too!

    You should bake some Star Wars cookies. And make light saber jello.

  10. These little dumplings are perfect! Great recipe and the tutorial on the wrapping was great! Thanks for sharing!
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  11. Joy, your dumplings are absolute perfection, both inside and out. Love the flavors in your filling and your symmetrical pleated folds.
    Stacy recently posted…Duxelles #FoodieExtravaganzaMy Profile

  12. Your dumplings are so pretty. When we lived in China, we loved to eat the dumplings. So good. I learned that I loved leeks too. This sounds really great!
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