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Chinese New Year recipes

Diana De Cicco is a food editor and writer based in New York City. She has a master's degree from New York University in Food Studies. Her passions are eating, traveling, and eating while traveling.

Dumplings for Chinese New Year

The year of the ox is upon us and a delicious way to start the "New Year" off right is with hearty, comforting Asian-style dumplings. Dumplings can be savory or sweet and used in a variety of applications from appetizers to entrees. Enjoy this simple start-to-finish menu of dumplings for the Chinese New Year or all year long.

Steamed Dumplings

Chinese New Year recipes


Appetizer: Edamame Dumplings
Soup: Asian Style Dumpling Soup
Entree: Steamed Beef Dumplings
Dessert: Chocolate Dumplings

Edamame Dumplings

Makes 5 to 6 servings Ingredients:
1 cup frozen shelled edamame
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon hot pepper flakes
3 garlic cloves, minced
20 round wonton wrappers
2 teaspoons cornstarch
Cooking spray
1/2 cup water, divided
2 tablespoons green onions, finely sliced
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon honey Directions:
1. Cook edamame following directions on package. Drain and rinse with cold water. Add edamame, lemon juice, sesame oil, cumin, red pepper flakes, garlic and salt to a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. 2. Remove wonton wrappers from package and cover with a damp towel. Working with one wrapper at a time, place wrapper in one hand and spoon about 1 teaspoon of edamame mixture in the center. Dab the edges of the wrapper with water and fold all edges of the wrapper up. Pinch edges together to form a closed circular dumpling similar to a drawstring purse. Lay dumpling on a flat surface sprinkled with cornstarch. Continue with remaining wrappers and mixture. 3. Generously spray a large skillet and place over medium-high heat. Place half of the dumplings in the skillet and cook for about 1 minute or until bottom is just browned. Flip dumplings onto one side and fill skillet with 1/4 cup of water. Place a lid on top and cook another 30 seconds. 4. Take lid off of pan and cook 1 more minute or until most of the water is evaporated. Continue cooking in same manner with second set of dumplings. To make sauce, whisk together green onions, soy sauce and honey. Serve with dumplings.

Asian Style Dumpling Soup

Makes 4 servings Ingredients:
1 can low-sodium chicken broth
3 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
2 cloves minced garlic
2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 pound frozen potstickers or won tons
1/2 cup sliced green onions (white and green parts)
Toasted sesame oil Directions:
1. Heat broth, ginger, garlic, vinegar and soy sauce in a large pot. Bring to a boil over high heat. 2. Add potstickers or won tons and reduce heat to medium. Let simmer until potstickers are hot, about 7 to 8 minutes. Serve in bowls sprinkled with sliced green onions and drizzled with sesame oil. Note: Homemade dumplings can also be used for this recipe, just be sure to adjust cooking time — frozen dumplings take longer to cook than freshly made ones.

Steamed Beef Dumplings

Makes 6 servings Ingredients:
8 ounces lean ground beef
1-1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon minced fresh gingerroot
1 teaspoon cornstarch plus more for sprinkling
1/2 teaspoon peanut oil
20 round wonton wrappers
Water Directions:
1. Combine beef, soy sauce, cilantro, ginger, cornstarch and oil in a bowl. Working with one wrapper at a time, place wrapper in one hand and spoon about 2 teaspoons of beef mixture in the center. 2. Dab the edges of the wrapper with water and fold all edges of wrapper up. Pinch together to form a closed circular dumpling similar to a drawstring purse. Lay dumpling on a flat surface sprinkled with cornstarch. Continue with remaining wrappers and mixture. 3. Boil 2 cups of water in a large deep skillet. Add half of the dumplings to skillet and cook over medium heat. Cover skillet with lid and let cook for 15 minutes. Continue cooking in same manner with second set of dumplings. Serve with soy sauce for dipping if desired. Note: Chicken, pork, or vegetables can be used instead of beef.

Chocolate Dumplings

Makes 6 servings Ingredients:
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup plus 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon salt, divided
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract, divided
2 cups water
2 tablespoons butter, divided
1 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 egg, beaten
1/3 cup milk Directions:
1. Combine brown sugar, 1/4 cup cocoa, cornstarch, pinch of salt, 1 teaspoon vanilla, water, and 1 tablespoon butter in a skillet. Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture boils. Take skillet off of heat and set aside. 2. To make dumpling mixture, combine 2 teaspoons cocoa, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1 tablespoon butter, flour, sugar, baking powder, egg and milk in a medium-sized bowl and beat for 1 minute. 3. Place skillet over medium-low heat and place a lid on top. Heat until simmering. Spoon tablespoonfuls of dumpling mixture into sauce. Cover skillet and cook 20 minutes, making sure sauce does not come to a full boil. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.

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