Welcome to my vegetarian wonton dumplings recipe! If you’re looking for a delicious and satisfying meal that packs a punch of flavor, then look no further. This recipe is perfect for vegetarians or anyone who wants to enjoy a meatless meal without sacrificing flavor or texture.
As a vegan chef, I believe that great food does not need to have meat in it, and this recipe is proof of that. The combination of fresh vegetables, herbs, and spices create a savory filling that’s perfectly balanced with the chewy texture of the wonton wrappers.
Whether you’re new to cooking or a seasoned chef, this vegetarian wonton dumplings recipe is easy to follow and will leave you with mouthwatering results. Plus, you’ll also learn some tips and tricks to make the perfect dumplings every time.
So roll up your sleeves, grab your favorite apron, and let’s get started on creating a dish that will be sure to impress your family and friends.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Are you looking for a delicious and filling meal that is also healthy and cruelty-free? Look no further than these vegetarian wonton dumplings!
Not only are these dumplings bursting with flavor, but they are also made with wholesome ingredients like fresh spinach, firm tofu, and a variety of colorful vegetables. Plus, they are easily customizable to suit your taste preferences by using different seasonings or types of fillings.
These dumplings are also incredibly versatile – they can be served as a main course, appetizer or snack. They make a great addition to any potluck or gathering and are perfect for sharing with friends and family.
But the benefits don’t stop there. Not only is this recipe satisfying for your taste buds and body, but it’s also environmentally sustainable and ethical. By choosing plant-based options like these vegetarian wonton dumplings, you’re reducing your carbon footprint and supporting a more compassionate food system.
So go ahead and give this recipe a try – you won’t be disappointed!
For the Vegetarian Wonton Dumplings recipe, you’ll need:
- Wonton wrappers: These thin sheets of wheat dough are perfect for making dumplings.
- Firm tofu: For a protein-packed filling.
- Fresh ginger: It adds warmth and depth of flavor to the filling. Make sure to peel the skin before mincing.
- Garlic cloves: Aromatics like garlic add fragrance and taste to the dish. Mince them as finely as possible.
- Cabbage leaves and fresh spinach: Both veggies bring a good amount of natural sweetness and crunchiness.
- Carrots: Bright orange in color, carrots provide a naturally sweet taste and crunchiness to the filling.
- Shiitake mushrooms: Dried shiitake mushrooms bring umami flavor, which makes them an excellent meat substitute.
- Soy sauce, hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, and some chili sauce: These condiments add the salty, sweet, sour, and spicy flavors to balance the taste of the dumplings.
- One large egg: Helps to bind everything together. If you’re looking for a vegan option, feel free to swap it with flax or chia eggs.
- Cornstarch: It helps to thicken the mixture and prevent it from being watery.
- Salt and pepper: Essential seasonings to be added to suit your taste preference.
Make sure all of these ingredients are prepped ahead of time before starting The Recipe How-To section.
The Recipe How-To
Now that you have all the ingredients ready, it’s time to start making vegetarian wonton dumplings! Here’s how:
Making the Filling
Step 1: Soak the Shiitake Mushrooms
- Start by soaking dried shiitake mushrooms in hot water for at least 30 minutes. When they have softened, drain them and chop them into small pieces.
Step 2: Prepare and Mix the Vegetables
- Finely chop fresh ginger, garlic cloves, and green onion. Also, chop cabbage leaves, carrots, and fresh spinach as well. Combine everything in a mixing bowl.
Step 3: Mix with Tofu and Seasonings
- To the bowl of chopped vegetables and herbs, add 2 cups of thinly sliced firm tofu.
- Next, season the mix with 1 tablespoon of low sodium soy sauce and a pinch of salt and pepper.
- Mix everything together gently until well combined.
Assembling the Wonton Dumplings
Step 4: Fill the Wonton Wrappers
- Wet the edges of each won-ton wrapper with a little bit of water (use your fingers or a pastry brush).
- Add approximately 1 tablespoon of filling to each wrapper. Make sure not to overfill them or they might burst open while cooking.
- Fold each wrapper into a triangle shape (or other shapes), gently pressing out any air pockets as you go along.
Step 5: Steam or Fry the Dumplings (or do both)
- In a steam basket lined with parchment paper, place your dumplings a few inches apart from each other.
- Steam for approximately 15-20 minutes until fully cooked (make sure to check one to ensure it’s fully cooked on the inside).
- Heat vegetable oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat.
- Once hot, carefully place the assembled dumplings into the frying pan.
- Cook for about 3-4 minutes until they are golden brown on one side then flip over to cook the other side.
Serve these delicious vegetarian wonton dumplings with a homemade dipping sauce composed of hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, and some chili oil. You can also add some fresh cilantro leaves as a garnish if you like! Enjoy your delectable vegan dumplings either steamed or fried. Dip them in your choice of spicy chili sauce or soy sauce with some minced garlic cloves for an exceptional experience.
A quick tip: Jamie Oliver suggests using damp lettuce leaves instead of parchment paper on the bottom of bamboo steamers to prevent food from sticking.
Substitutions and Variations
As a vegan chef, I always love experimenting with substitutions and variations in recipes to add new flavors and textures. Here are some exciting substitutes and alternate versions of the vegetarian wonton dumplings recipe that you can try:
– Tofu Dumplings: If you’re not a fan of using egg in the recipe, replace it with mashed tofu, which will hold the filling together. These dumplings will be soft and delicate, perfect for those who prefer a lighter texture.
– Gluten-Free Wrappers: Traditional wonton wrappers are made with wheat flour, which isn’t suitable for those with gluten intolerance. However, you can easily find gluten-free versions made with rice flour or cornstarch that work just as well.
– Mushroom Filling: Shiitake mushrooms add an earthy flavor and a meaty texture to the filling. Try a variation made solely with these delicious mushrooms or mix them in with other vegetables like carrots, spinach, or cabbage for added nutrition.
– Fried Wontons: While steaming is a healthier option, fried wontons are an indulgent treat that everyone should try at least once. You can either deep-fry or pan-fry the wontons until they are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Serve them hot with dipping sauces like chili oil or soy sauce.
– Bamboo Steamer: If you don’t have a traditional steamer at home, you can use a bamboo steamer basket instead. It’s easy to use and gives excellent results without any fuss.
Whether it’s trying new fillings or cooking methods, adding some creative twists to this classic vegetarian wonton dumplings recipe can take it to another level!
Serving and Pairing
Your vegetarian wonton dumplings are absolutely perfect as an appetizer, light lunch or a vegetarian side dish. You can choose your favourite sauce or try something new with these tasty and healthy vegetable dumplings. The dumplings are already packed with flavour but can be served with some homemade chili sauce, soy sauce, rice vinegar or hoisin sauce for dipping.
To make it a balanced meal, serve the dumplings over a bed of fresh spinach leaves, alongside some stir-fried vegetables or with a side of ramen noodles. They also pair well with steamed rice or quinoa to create a filling and satisfying dinner meal.
If you want to make your meal truly authentic, try making wonton noodle soup by adding these vegetarian wontons to your favourite broth. You can also add shiitake mushrooms and diced carrots-cabbage mixture to the soup to add more texture and depth of flavour. These dumplings can be served in any way you like and they will definitely become a staple in your home cooked meals.
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
After making these delicious vegetarian wonton dumplings, you might end up with leftovers. No worries! They can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer for later consumption. The good news is that these dumplings can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge for up to 2 days or in the freezer for up to a month.
To store them in the fridge, allow them to cool down at room temperature and then transfer them into an airtight container. They can last for up to 2 days. Be careful not to stack them on top of each other, as they might stick together.
To freeze them however place them on a sheet tray or plate into the freezer so that they will not stick together. After 2 hours, place them in a freezer-safe storage bag or container, seal tightly and store for up to one month.
When reheating from frozen, steam the frozen dumplings for about 10-12 minutes, longer than when reheating from fresh. Steaming helps preserve the texture of the wrapper and fillings. If you prefer not to steam, fry or put them in soups – this still tastes great!
That’s it! Enjoy these vegetarian wonton dumplings anytime by simply reheating and enjoying their delicious flavor all over again!
Tips for Perfect Results
Making vegetarian wonton dumplings may seem intimidating, especially if it’s your first time making them, but with these tips and tricks, you’ll be able to make perfect dumplings every time. Here are some helpful tips that will ensure your veggie-filled wontons come out beautifully and deliciously.
Firstly, when filling the wonton wrappers, make sure not to overfill them. Overfilling can lead to the dumplings bursting open while cooking or not cooking evenly, resulting in an unpleasant texture. Instead, use about a teaspoon of filling for each wrapper, and fold them carefully using a proper technique to seal them without tearing the wrapper.
Secondly, be sure not to undercook the wontons. Although they might look ready after a few minutes of cooking, it’s essential to ensure that both the wrapper and filling are thoroughly cooked inside. This process may take up to 7-10 minutes depending on the size of your dumplings.
Next, when steaming or frying your vegetarian wontons, consider using a bamboo steamer or properly heated oil in a skillet. These methods will give your dumplings a crispy texture on the outside while keeping them soft and juicy on the inside.
It’s also essential to pay attention to the consistency of the vegetable mixture filling. It should be soft enough to stick together yet firm enough not to fall apart easily in the water or oil. Adding cornstarch or tapioca starch can help give your mixture a better texture.
Lastly, don’t be afraid to experiment with fillings and dipping sauces. While this recipe is delicious as it is, feel free to add or substitute ingredients with others that you enjoy. Try adding some chili sauce or rice vinegar to your dipping sauce for added flavor depth.
By following these simple tips and tricks, you’ll undoubtedly have success with making vegetarian wonton dumplings time after time. Your guests will be impressed by your culinary skills and beg for more!
As with any recipe, there may be questions that arise during the preparation process. To make sure you have everything covered for this Vegetarian Wonton Dumplings Recipe, I’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) and their corresponding answers. Read on to find out helpful tips that can help you achieve a perfect dumpling every time.
What are veggie wontons made of?
If you’re looking for a hearty vegetarian dish, give vegetarian wontons a try! These delicate pockets of soft rice wrappers are filled with small diced vegetables infused with flavorful sauce. The wontons are then folded and cooked to perfection through steaming, boiling, or pan-searing methods. Pair them with a delicious dipping sauce and an accompaniment of fried rice, roasted broccoli or sweet and sour soup. It’s a dish that will definitely excite your taste buds!
What is the difference between wonton and dumpling?
Dumplings and wontons may seem interchangeable, but there is a significant difference between the two. While dumplings can be made with a filled or plain dough, wontons are a type of Chinese dumpling that usually contains meats, seafood or vegetables.
What are wonton dumplings made of?
Usually, a mixture of ground pork and shrimp with a dash of flour is used as the primary filling for this dish. This blend is seasoned with an assortment of spices, salt, and frequently includes garlic or finely chopped green onion. It is common to find pre-made, frozen selections available for purchase in grocery stores.
What is the secret to perfect dumplings?
When making dumpling dough, it’s important to avoid overworking it. I recommend stirring the wet and dry ingredients together until they are just combined and all the dry flour is absorbed. It’s alright if the dough appears a little lumpy, as this is normal. Over-mixing the dough can lead to tough and chewy dumplings which no one enjoys.
In conclusion, this Vegetarian Wonton Dumplings Recipe is perfect for anyone looking for a delicious and healthy meal that is full of flavor. With its easy-to-follow instructions, you can make your own restaurant-quality dumplings right at home.
Using only the freshest ingredients, such as firm tofu, fresh ginger, and shiitake mushrooms, these vegan dumplings are not only tasty but also packed with nutrients. Plus, by making your own filling from scratch, you can customize the flavors to suit your preferences.
Whether you’re preparing them for a party, a quick weeknight dinner or just want to treat yourself to a tasty snack, these vegetarian wontons will quickly become one of your favorite dishes. So give it a try and enjoy the taste of homemade dumplings in the comfort of your own home!
Vegetarian Wonton Dumplings Recipe
- 2 large carrots, cut into chunks
- 8 ounces firm tofu
- 7 dried Chinese black mushrooms, soaked in hot water to rehydrate
- 1/2 lb fresh spinach, rinsed and trimmed
- 6 large chinese cabbage leaves or 6 large american cabbage leaves, trimmed
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1/2 bunch cilantro, rinsed and trimmed
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
- 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 -3 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
- 50 wonton wrappers (3 inch round)
- 3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1/2 tablespoon chili sauce
- Wonton Dumplings:
- Dry carrots, tofu, mushrooms, spinach, cabbage, garlic and cilantro thoroughly with a clean tea towel or paper towels.
- Place in food processor, and chop very finely.
- Place vegetable mixture into a large bowl.
- Mix together egg, ginger, soy sauce, cornstarch, hoisin sauce, sesame oil and salt, then add to vegetable mixture, mixing well.
- Drain any excess liquid from mixture.
- Place wonton wrappers, one at a time, on flat work surface (keep the rest of the wrappers from drying out by covering with a damp tea towel).
- Place a spoonful of mixture on center, brush water around edges of wrapper and crimp shut to seal.
- Repeat process until all ingredients are used up.
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
- Add wontons, 12 at a time to water, and cook for about 4 minutes, or until dumplings float to surface.
- Use a slotted skimmer to remove from water, and set aside in a bowl.
- (don't allow the wontons to touch while still hot or they may stick.
- Dipping Sauce:
- Thoroughly mix all sauce ingredients together and set aside.
- To serve, arrange wontons on a platter, and pass with Dipping Sauce.
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