pumpkin filled dumplings

Last year after Halloween my dad used our large pumpkin to make dumplings.  The result was surprisingly delicious and I've re-created his recipe this year.  For the filling, we use very little meat and a lot of pumpkin resulting in dumplings that are light, delicate and tasty.

-approx. 1/2 pound of ground pork
-approx. 1/2 cup water
-2 tbsp. soy sauce
-2 tbsp. sesame oil
-2 cups of grated raw pumpkin
-1/4 cup of minced scallions
-1 tbsp. minced ginger
-1 minced garlic clove

Before preparing the filling, the meat needs to be thinned out by adding water.  Start off by adding the soy sauce along with 2 tbsp. of water and mix vigorously with a fork.  At first, the meat will start to become thicker, but as you start adding more water it will become a little thinner.  You want it to have a thick paste-like consistency.  After this is done, add the rest of the ingredients and mix.  Here is what your filling should look like.

Dumpling dough is not always the easiest to make.  Asian grocery stores sell pre-made wrappers that work pretty well.  Use some warm water to help to seal the edges if needed.  (Hint: It's very helpful to take a small stack of store-bought wrappers, dunk the edges in water, and microwave for about 10 seconds.  This makes the wrappers softer and much easier to work with.)

I do prefer homemade wrappers because they have a better consistency.  For the dough, all you need is flour, water, and salt.  The proportion of flour to water is approximately 2 to 1, and you will only need about a tsp. of salt.  For the amount of filling made above, use about 2 cups of flour and 1 cup of water.  Gradually add in the water while you mix with a fork.  When the dough starts to come together, then use your hands and knead in a circular motion.  Always have extra flour on hand to add in if the dough becomes too sticky or soft.  Allow to dough to sit and rest for at least half an hour before using.

Boil dumplings in water over medium-high heat for 8-10 minutes.

Dipping sauce
-2 tbsp. soy sauce
-1 tbsp. chinese vinegar or rice vinegar
-1 tsp. sesame oil
This is just a basic dipping sauce.  You can also add some garlic, ginger or chilli oil if you prefer.


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