In his superdelicious mash-up of cuisines, Chicago chef Mike Sheerin packs a flavorful Greek gyro–inspired lamb filling into dumplings, steams them and serves them with tzatziki.
Slideshow:How to Make Dumplings
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1/2 English cucumber, grated on a box grater and squeezed dry
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest plus 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon chopped dill, plus more for garnish
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
1 pound ground lamb
1 tablespoon canola oil
2 teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried mint
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 garlic clove, minced
30 small round gyoza wrappers
How to Make It
In a medium bowl, whisk the yogurt with the cucumber, lemon zest, lemon juice, the 1 tablespoon of chopped dill and the cayenne. Season the tzatziki with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled, about 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the lamb with the oil, onion powder, garlic powder, mint, oregano, garlic, 2 teaspoons of salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper and mix well.
On a work surface, brush the rims of 5 gyoza wrappers with water and spoon 1 tablespoon of the filling into the center of each. Fold the wrappers over to form half-moons. Seal the edges, pressing out any air, and crimp decoratively. Transfer the dumplings to a parchment paper–lined baking sheet; keep them covered with a moist paper towel. Repeat with the remaining wrappers and filling.
Fill a wok or large skillet with 2 inches of water and bring to a boil. Working in batches, arrange the dumplings in a double-tiered bamboo steamer lined with parchment paper. Set the steamer over the boiling water, cover and steam the dumplings until the filling is cooked through and firm, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer the dumplings to a platter and garnish with chopped dill. Serve with the tzatziki.
The uncooked dumplings can be frozen on a parchment-lined baking sheet in a single layer, then transferred to an airtight container and frozen for up to 1 month.
Pair these dumplings with a hoppy, slightly tangy Belgian pale ale.
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