Thursday, March 22, 2012

Baked Pork Flower Dumplings with Soy Ginger Dipping Sauce


Sometimes, pork just wants to be elegant.  Don’t get me wrong, pork does enjoy being in the comforting, homey dishes like pulled pork and pork chops, or more often in our house, pork stir fry.  But every now and then, the mood strikes, and it has the desire to put on its frilly dress and head out to the gala.  So we let ground pork mingle with a juicy mixture of scallions, ginger, and Serrano, then wrapped them up in wonton wrappers and baked them into some fancy, flowery dumplings.  A lime and soy ginger sauce gives it a final adornment on its way to the ball.  These dumplings do a great job of being juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside, without any need to fry in oil.

Ingredients
8 ounces ground pork
4 scallions, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 heaping tablespoon minced ginger root
1 teaspoon minced Serrano pepper
3 tablespoons chicken broth
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 ½ teaspoon lime juice
20 wonton wrappers

Soy Ginger Sauce:
¼ cup soy sauce
1 teaspoon rice vinegar
½ teaspoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoon lime juice
1 tablespoon minced ginger root
½ Serrano pepper, sliced

Instructions
Heat oven to 375.  Grease two muffin tins, as these make about 20 dumplings.  In a medium-sized bowl, mix the ground pork, scallions, garlic, ginger, and Serrano pepper with a fork.  In a small bowl, whisk chicken broth, soy sauce, sesame oil, canola oil, and lime juice.  Pour the liquid mixture over the ground pork mixture and mix together with a fork.  Cup a wonton wrapper in your hand, then scoop about a tablespoon of the pork mixture, and place it in the middle of the wrapper.  Bring up the sides of the wrapper and sort of twist them together, then place in the cup of a muffin tin.  Repeat until all cups are filled.  Bake about 15 minutes, until you see a nice golden exterior.  While the cups bake, mix together the dipping sauce by whisking all the ingredients together in a bowl.

28 comments:

  1. These dumplings look amazing! Pork cleans up quite nicely.

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  2. I have some ground pork in the freezer, so I am glad to come across this recipe. It really does look crispy in the picture, hard to believe that this is baked. I am sure that these will be well like at our house-yum!

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  3. These would be amazing for a party! (or just me :) ) Great recipe!

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  4. I love little asian appetizers like this!

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  5. My kids will love there! I am bookmarking now to add to weekend dinner! Thx
    Ceecee

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  6. Love these! I am a big fan of pork and love that these are baked and not fried : )

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  7. I just through some ground pork in pasta sauce. I wish I would have read this first BUT I think I have another pound in the freezer. I have never made dumplings but will remedy that soon.

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  8. Looks so delicious! I love that it's baked instead of fried in tonnes of oil.

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  9. My husband and I adore these little gems. I'm super excited to make these for him. He's gonna be thrilled.

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  10. Love these... they truly look all set for the gala :-) Am definitely going to make them.

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  11. These look amazing in those crispy wonton wrapper! Very pretty!!

    Also, I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award :) If you want to check out more details, check out my blog http://whippedbaking.com/2012/03/23/dulce-de-leche-caramel-swirl-cupcakes/

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    1. Thank you so much Kristina!! You just made our day :)

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  12. Beautifully done, Jenn! And pairing these with your ginger soy sauce sounds heavenly...yum!

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  13. These are adorable and very tasty looking. I love ginger - so I would probably drink that dipping sauce. Awesome post!

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  14. These dumplings are so cute! I love the wonderful dipping soy sauce tooo :D
    All I need is to wrap up tofu instead of meat ;)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  15. Yummy recipe! Thanks for sharing.

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  16. Aww you rolled them up so purrtty! I would almost not want to eat them...ALMOST.

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  17. Yum! Looks so delicious, and I would love to try those kale chips!

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  18. Though I'm not a big fan of pork, but all the ingredients here sound incredible!

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  19. I am dying to try one of these. I am not a big fan of dumplings because they are steamed but these are simply fabulous. BTW...I just awarded you the versatile blog award. Come by and check it out.

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    1. yayy, thank you sooooo much Andrea!! that means so much to us!

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  20. Yum!! This is an elegant dumpling if ever I saw one.

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  21. Its like pork...in a tuxedo! Looks very tasty :-)

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  22. These dumplings look great...ready to dazzle all in a ball :-) Bookmarking this recipe...

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  23. Hi Jenn,I really like your blog and I am pleased to tell you that I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Please check out my latest post to receive your award! Have a great day! Carmen

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    1. aww, thanks Carmen!! we are definitely honored!

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  24. Those sound so good. Can't wait to try them out. Thanks for sharing.

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