Pork-and-Cabbage Dumplings

These juicy dumplings are easy to make. When cooking for a crowd, Eunsook Pai sears the dumplings a couple of hours in advance and then steams them just before serving. Although she makes her dumpling wrappers from scratch, store-bought ones also do the trick.

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  • Yield: Makes 80
Pork-and-Cabbage Dumplings

Photography: Jen Causey

Source: Martha Stewart Living, June 2012

Ingredients

  • 7 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more if needed
  • 6 cups thinly sliced napa cabbage (about 1/2 head)
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons fine sea salt, divided
  • 2 cups thinly sliced Vidalia onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh chives (about 1 bunch)
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced scallions (about 4 scallions), plus more for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped garlic (about 6 cloves)
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground pork
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds, plus more for garnish
  • 1/4 cup sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • Homemade Dumpling Wrappers or 80 store-bought (3-inch rounds; from two 12-ounce packages)
  • 2 large egg whites

Directions

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a large saute pan or wok over high heat. Saute cabbage, stirring occasionally, until translucent, 2 to 3 minutes. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt, and transfer to a large bowl. Heat another tablespoon vegetable oil, and saute onion, stirring occasionally, until just softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt, add to bowl with cabbage, and let cool 5 minutes. Process in a food processor until just coarsely chopped, and return to bowl.

  2. Heat 2 teaspoons vegetable oil in pan over medium heat, and saute chives until just tender, about 1 minute. Transfer to chopped cabbage mixture, and let cool. Stir in scallions, garlic, pork, sesame seeds, sesame oil, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

  3. Stir together soy sauce, vinegar, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl; set dipping sauce aside.

  4. Working with 1 wrapper at a time, moisten edge with egg whites, then place 2 teaspoons filling in center. Fold in half to form a half-moon, press edge to seal tightly, and place on a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet.

  5. Wipe out pan. Working in batches and wiping out pan between each, heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil until shimmering, and sear dumplings until browned, about 1 minute per side. (If preparing in advance, stop here and steam before serving.) Add 1/4 cup water, and cover with a tight-fitting lid. Steam dumplings 2 minutes. Transfer to a platter, and loosely tent with foil to keep warm. Repeat with rest of dumplings. Garnish with scallions and sesame seeds. Serve dumplings with dipping sauce.

Cook's Notes

Sage Advice
For a beautiful presentation, Eunsook Pai serves her dumplings on banana leaves and frames the platter with big bunches of sage.

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