Curried Beef Dumplings

Curried Beef Dumplings Recipe

Servings: Makes 40 dumplings      Prep Time: 90 minutes      Cook Time: 15 minutes

You can use either wonton wrappers (square, thinner) or gyoza dumpling wrappers (round, a little thicker). You can find these frozen at the Asian market (preferred over the refrigerated kind found in regular supermarkets near the tofu section - which are too "doughy" for my taste)

Dumpling wrappers (and dumplings) dry out very easily. Make sure you cover the unused wrappers and any folded dumplings with a barely damp towel or plastic wrap until you are ready to cook.

We loved these dumplings as little appetizers. There's no need for a dipping sauce (the dumplings are so flavorful with the warming curry powder!) but if you like one, try using Mae Ploy Sweet Chili Sauce, it provides a nice sweet and fruity contrast.

Carla's tip: Set up an assembly line! Or better yet, get your kids or friends to help you out. There's little difference between making 25 or 125, so why not make more and freeze for later? To cook frozen dumplings, no need to defrost. Just add 'em to the pan and let them cook for additional 5 minutes.

Recipe adapted from Cooking with Love by Carla Hall

Ingredients:

3/4 pound lean (90%) ground beef sirloin
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1-2 garlic cloves, finely minced
1 tablespoon yellow curry powder
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon dark sesame oil
2 large eggs, divided
1 red bell pepper, finely diced
1 stalk green onion, finely chopped
cooking oil, for pan frying
40 round wonton wrappers or round dumpling wrappers (about 3-1/2-inch diameter)

Directions:

In a large bowl, combine: ground beef, ginger, garlic, curry powder, soy sauce cornstarch, salt, sesame oil, just ONE of the eggs, bell pepper and green onion. Mix thoroughly.

In a small bowl, combine the final egg and 1 tablespoon water and whisk to make the egg wash.

Place one wonton wrapper in your hand or flat on the table. Lightly brush a thin layer of the egg wash around the edges of the wrapper. Scoop 1 tablespoon of the beef mixture into the center of the wrapper. Pull the sides of the wrapper up and push together slightly to stick to the meat mixture. The bottom of the dumpling should be flat so it can stand up in the pan.

Repeat until all the wrappers and filling are used up, making sure to cover any finished dumplings and the unused wrappers with plastic wrap or a barely damp towel to keep them from drying out.

Dumplings can be cooked immediately or frozen for up to 1 month. If freezing, make sure they are not touching when they are first frozen, then once they're frozen, they can be gathered together and stored in a freezer bag.

To cook, in a large nonstick sauté pan or skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of cooking oil over medium heat. Add dumplings to the pan, making sure they are not too crowded. Cook for about 2 minutes, or until the bottoms are lightly browned.

Once the bottoms are browned, it's ready to finish cooking them by steaming. Hold the sauté pan lid (like a shield) to protect you from splatters. Carefully pour in 3-4 tablespoons of water into the pan and immediately cover. Turn heat down to medium-low and let the dumplings steam until they are cooked through and the water has mostly evaporated. This should take about 2 minutes.

Transfer the cooked dumplings to a plate and tent with a piece of foil to keep them warm. Repeat with the remaining dumplings. Serve immediately.