Recipe for Vegetable Dumplings


    Yield: 16 dumplings

    2 tsp Vegetable oil
    3 tbsp Finely chopped sweet red bell pepper
    1 ea Green onion, finely chopped
    1 oz Fresh shiitake mushrooms, finely chopped
    2 tsp Ginger, chopped
    1/2 cup Green cabbage, chopped
    1/4 cup Carrot, grated
    1 tbsp Light soy sauce
    1 tsp Oriental sesame oil
    16 ea Gyoza skins*
    Vegetable oil
    4 sm Sprigs cilantro, optional

    *Gyoza skins are 3" wide rounds similar to wonton skins, although they are slightly thinner. They're available fresh or frozen in most Asian markets. If necessary, use wonton skins.

    In skillet, heat vegetable oil over medium heat. Add red pepper, green onion, mushrooms and gingerroot; cook, stirring, 2 minutes. Add cabbage, carrot, soy sauce and sesame oil; cook, stirring occasionally, 3 minutes. Remove from heat and cool slightly.

    Working one at a time to prevent Gyoza skins from drying out, place a heaping teaspoon of vegetable mixture in center of each round. Moisten edge of round with water and fold in half to enclose filling. Pinch edges to seal completely. Set filled dumplings on a plate and cover with plastic wrap.

    To make fried dumplings, heat 1" vegetable oil over medium-high heat in 2-quart saucepan. In batches, fry dumplings, turning, until browned on both sides - about 2 minutes. Drain on paper towels and serve.

    To cook dumplings in broth, in 2-quart saucepan heat bouillon mixture to simmering. In batches, cook dumplings in simmering broth 3 minutes. Remove with slotted spoon, dividing among 4 serving bowls or deep plates. When all dumplings are cooked, spoon 2 tb. remaining broth over each serving. Garnish with cilantro, if desired, and serve.