A Fun Recipe for a Young Chef: Chinese Dumplings from Scratch

My oldest daughter would eat sushi and dumplings every single day of her life.

Since it’s a snow day and -30 degrees outside, she’s stuck inside and hungry. Can we get dumplings? 

There’s no way I’m even opening my door to go outside. Can we make them? 

I don’t have the wrappers. I don’t have the fillings.

We find out that you can make amazing Chinese dumplings from scratch. This recipe worked perfectly.

My little chef has to improvise for the filling because I refuse to go to the grocery store. Here’s what we did:

We finely chop chicken breasts that we then sauté in sesame oil, ginger, 1/2 cup diced onion, and some soy sauce. We continue with the original dumpling recipe and combine our filling with the listed ingredients (more ginger, cooking wine, soy sauce, etc.)

This was a fun recipe: not too difficult but challenging enough for a young chef to feel accomplished!

We boiled 20 dumplings for 15 minutes.

Yum, yum, yum. Lunch and probably dinner, too. Or at least lunchbox treats for school!


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