Sweet Ginger Pork Dumplings
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A slightly sweet take on cozy, classic Chinese dumplings. 

5 servings


  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 lb. ground pork
  • 1/2 cup minced green cabbage
  • 1/2 cup sliced chives, plus more to garnish
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 3 Tbsp. butter, diced into small cubes
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. minced ginger
  • 1 tsp. Chinese Five Spice
  • 1 tsp. Mayan Sea Salt
  • 1 package (3-inch round) dumpling wrappers
  • Cabbage leaves, to line steamer

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For filling: To a medium bowl, add all ingredients except dumpling wrappers. Mix to combine. To test seasoning, cook 1 tsp. of filling in a small pan until cooked through, and adjust seasoning as needed. 

To assemble: Lay 1 dumpling wrapper on work suface and place 1 tsp. filling just below the center of the wrapper. With your fingertip, brush cold water around edge of wrapper. Fold wrapper in half around filling and pinch together at center point. Fold the side of the dough closest to you into a pleat toward the center point three times to make three pleats. Do this on each side of the center point, making sure that edges are sealed shut and there is no air around filling. Place assembled dumpling on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and cover with a clean towel to prevent dumpling from drying out. Repeat with remaining filling and wrappers.

To steam: In a medium pot, bring 1 to 2 inches of water to a simmer. Place bamboo steamer or steaming insert in pot, making sure steamer does not touch water. Line steamer with cabbage leaves or greased sheets of parchment paper. Place dumplings in steamer 1/2 inch apart. Cover and steam for 6 to 8 min. or until filling is cooked and wrappers are translucent. Remove from steamer. Garnish with sliced chives. 

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