Dumplings

When we think of dumplings, we tend to picture the stuffed wontons you'd get at a Chinese restaurant. In reality, a dumpling refers to anything from empanadas to pot stickers to ravioli—these are all made with dough and filled with something. If you're looking for something Asian-inspired, try making easy chicken and lemongrass dumplings. The filling is a mix of chicken, cabbage and herbs, and lemongrass and fresh ginger give these dumplings a light, fresh flavor. For something different, try dumplings for dessert. We love to wrap whole apples, doused in cinnamon and sugar, in flaky puff pastry and bake for around twenty minutes. It's a five-ingredient apple pie solution for any time of year! Get these recipes and more from F&W's guide to dumplings.

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Ricotta and Parmesan Gnudi
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These savory, cheesy, herb-flecked Italian dumplings are a simple and elegant early spring dinner. The fresh ricotta and parmesan gnudi are buried in semolina flour overnight (or up to a few days), which allows a thin skin to form around each dumpling. That skin helps these delicate dumplings hold their shape while they simmer. 
11 Recipes to Celebrate Lunar New Year
The Year of the Tiger starts February 1, when the Lunar New Year is celebrated in Chinese, Taiwanese, Vietnamese, Tibetan, South Korean, Indonesian, Singaporean, and Malaysian communities around the world. Not surprisingly, food is one of the most popular ways to celebrate the holiday, especially with dishes like dumplings, spring rolls, noodles, and whole fish and chicken that symbolize good luck and fortune in the year ahead. Here are a few recipes to help you ring in the Year of the Tiger.
Cabbage, Pork and Shrimp Dumplings
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The ideal combination of crispy and chewy, these garlicky pork and shrimp dumplings from Anita Lo are weeknight-friendly thanks to store-bought wrappers. The filling, a quick stir-together mix of pork, shrimp, napa cabbage, garlic chives, ginger, garlic, and pantry staples such as soy sauce, Shaoxing wine, and oyster sauce, comes together in a flash. Before pleating the filled dumplings, moisten the edges just slightly so they stick together. Lo prefers white store-bought wrappers over yellow ("the yellow is just food dye," she says) and as fresh as you can find. As a tip for determining freshness, she suggests looking at them through the package: Avoid any that are dry and cracked at the edges; those will be less fresh—and less pliable—when it's time to fold them.
Pretzel-and-Mustard Dumplings
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Dumplings made of day-old pretzels and bound with egg are common in Germany; they're a delicious way to use up stale bread and are great to serve alongside Roasted Goose Legs, soaking up gravy on the plate. Food & Wine editor Melanie Hansche's version, an homage to the flavors of her hometown of Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Bavaria, uses pretzel rolls, which she leaves out on the kitchen counter, uncovered, overnight. If you can't source pretzel rolls, any plain bread rolls will do. You can make the dumplings the day before and refrigerate overnight before simmering them to serve. It's not traditional to make them with mustard, but Hansche likes to add some to hers: "It's a such a lovely bedfellow with pretzels!" she says. These dumplings can be made 1 day ahead; just cover and chill until you are ready to cook them.
Pork Bakso Dumplings
An aromatic blend of ground coriander, ginger, and lemongrass pairs with umami-rich fish sauce to season these delicate pork dumplings. "The first thing I think about when I dream of my visits to Indonesia are kaki lima, the multicolored carts selling noodles, snacks, and very often bakso (Indonesian meatballs)," says chef Tom Pisha-Duffly of Gado Gado in Portland, Oregon, one of Food & Wine's Best New Restaurants in 2020. "The loud signs painted on the glass of the cart barely obscure the piles of bouncy meatballs and delicately piled bunches of noodles waiting to be drowned in steaming, aromatic soup. This dish incorporates that feeling in a smaller package, using a wonton skin to mimic the noodle but still paying homage to the springy, funky meatball and its slippery, rich broth."
Mushroom Dumplings in Toasted Ginger and Garlic Broth
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Make-ahead mushroom duxelles makes a rich filling for these tender, satisfying dumplings. The broth, infused with toasted ginger and garlic, gets an extra layer of rich mushroom flavor from dried white flower shiitake mushrooms, which have a bolder flavor than regular dried shiitakes, which are a fine substitute.
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Lunar New Year Dumplings
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Plump and tender dumplings symbolize longevity and wealth. As part of her Lunar New Year spread, Lucky Chow producer Danielle Chang fills hers with a fragrant and flavorful blend of garlic, ginger, scallions, and Chinese chives bound with tender ground pork. Store-bought wonton wrappers may be substituted for freshly made dough. Gently steaming the dumplings in bamboo baskets lined with cabbage leaves helps them keep their pleated shape without tearing and renders the filling juicy and the wrappers supple. For an extra dash of color and heat, drizzle them with with hot chile oil and sprinkle them with with pungent Chinese chives before serving them with dipping sauce.
Pot Stickers
"Pot stickers, known as jiaozi in China, are a kind of meat or vegetable-filled dumpling commonly eaten across Asia,” says cookbook author Kei Lum Chan. "While the dumplings can be boiled, steamed or fried, the popular method is to fry the dumplings in a little oil, add a bit of water, and then cover to steam and cook the filling. Once the water has evaporated, the dumplings are pan fried on one side for a crispy outside texture."This recipe originally appeared in CHINA: THE COOKBOOK by Kei Lum and Diora Fong Chan.