Remember those beauties? Vegan Dumplings were the big winners in the poll for the first recipe I would test from Gwyneth Paltrow’s It’s All Good cookbook. You’ll remember from a previous post that I received the book as a birthday gift, and that Gwyneth and I have a long, complicated history. Mostly it’s me not being sure if I should love her or loathe her. It’s so hard to decide. Regardless, I love the look of many of the recipes in her cookbook and so I decided I would cook my way through it and report back. What I want to find out are: Are her recipes approachable? Can a middle aged busy mom without a nanny, a cook, a housecleaner and other household help actually find the time to make the creations within? The only way to find out is to try.
I accumulated the ingredients for the dumplings pretty easily (you know what, I like to say potstickers better, and I think the way I made them are more like potstickers, so let’s go with that from now on). It wasn’t a crazy list with lots of expensive, hard-to-find ingredients.
My kiddo has been in camp all week and I really wanted her help with this one, so I waited until today to make these. You’ll notice in the photos she’s wearing her Angry Birds pajamas. In this house, we cook in our pajamas.
The end result is that they turned out amazing. They were really delicious and perfect and we couldn’t stop eating them. They might not be as beautiful as the stock photo I used above. I’m thinking I should invest in a food styling course.
The downside is that they are really messy to make, including a lot of splattering if you choose to pan fry them (which we did, because PAN FRYING IS AWESOME). The cleanup wasn’t fun, but then again it never is. My best piece of advice is to always try to clean up as you go so it isn’t so overwhelming at the end. Here is my kitchen at the end of everything. SO. MUCH. MESS.
So here’s the recipe, adapted from Gwyneth Paltrow’s Vegan Veggie Dumplings (I can’t legally reprint the whole recipe here without her permission, and even though I emailed last week to ask for it, I’m guessing her people have better things to do, which may or may not include sourcing local and organic tomatillos for her kids’ lunches.)
Vegan Potstickers Ingredients:
- 1 1/2 cups green cabbage, roughly chopped
- 1/2 small red or yellow onion, or even two or three green onions, roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup crumbled firm tofu (I haven’t tested this but I bet you could use ground chicken, turkey or other animal protein in place of the tofu. You know it wouldn’t be vegan anymore, though, right?)
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- 1/2 cup frozen peas
- 1/2 cup cooked quinoa (I love adding a bit of vegetable Better Than Bouillon to my quinoa when it’s cooking. It adds flavor)
- 1 tablespoon reduced sodium soy sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons neutral oil (I used olive oil which technically isn’t a neutral oil but it worked out fine. You could also use canola)
- Pinch of coarse sea salt
- 48 square wonton wrappers found in the refrigerated section, typically near the tofu
- Dipping sauce for serving (see below for recipe)
Vegan Potstickers Directions:
- Pulse the cabbage, onion and garlic in the bowl of a food processor until finely chopped.
- In a large non-stick skillet heat the oil over medium-high heat and add the cabbage mixture with a hefty pinch of sea salt.
- Cook and stir occasionally until the veggies have softened, about 5 to 6 minutes.
- Add in the tofu, peas and quinoa and continue cooking until the peas are soft, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the soy sauce and sesame oil. Use a potato masher to smush up the mixture until it sticks together. We allowed some of the peas to stay whole because we wanted a bit more texture.
- Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature.
- Make an assembly line of several wonton wrappers and put 1 teaspoon of the filling mixture in the center of each wrapper. Wet your finger in a small bowl of water and use it to moisten the edges of each dumpling. Carefully fold the corners over making a triangle, making sure you press all the edges to form a good seal.
- Heat a bit of the neutral oil (like canola) in a large nonstick skillet set at high heat. Cook the dumplings for 2 minutes, or until they are golden brown on the bottom.
- When the potstickers are browned to your liking on the bottom, add 1/2 cup of water to the skillet, putting the lid on and allowing the dumplings to steam until the wrappers are completely soft, about 2 minutes. Serve with the dipping sauce recipe below. ***Make sure if you are using a skillet that isn’t non-stick that you pay close attention to the potstickers because they will cook a lot more quickly than in a non-stick skillet. (See the photo below for what happens when you don’t pay close enough attention.)
- Vegan Potsticker Dipping Sauce Ingredients:
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce (I use lower sodium)
- 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
- 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
Combine all ingredients with a fork or a whisk and serve alongside the potstickers.