DanDan Dumplings… yeah baby yeah!!!

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“Homemade DanDan Dumplings with Dipping Sauce”

 

    First of I have to give all the credit to my husband for this idea, his idea I just went ahead and made them.. And I would say that by far these are one of the best and most delicious appetizers I have ever made!! Of course the DanDan noodles which I have already blogged about https://schoonerpixieskitchen.wordpress.com/2013/01/20/holy-dan-dan-noodles/. Right now they are our favorite Asian dish, and have served them to friends and family so when John came up with the idea I knew they were going to be amazing, I just didnt know how amazing. … Well let me tell you… how to make them 😉

Dumpling Dipping Sauce

This should be made at least an hour before as you want to combine all the flavours together before eating.

Ingredients:

  • 6 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons black rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon hot chili oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar, or to taste
  • 1 clove garlic, grated with a microplane
  • 1 teaspoon ginger grated with microplane (Tip: put your ginger in the freezer to keep fresh and make it easier to grate)

Combine in small bowl and let sit!

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The Pork Mix the filling

  • 1/2 lbs  ground pork or beef
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter and 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic (about 2 cloves)
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger (I freeze mine then use a micro planer to grate it)
  • 1 package of Sichuan preserved vegetables
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or salt to taste
  • 1  handful dry-roasted peanuts crushed

First in a med size frying pan on med heat add your heaping tbsp of peanut butter and oil. Let warm and melt.

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Remove from heat then add your meat, don’t cook the meat, as you want your filling to be raw!

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Laying your wonton wapper from corner to corner, diamond shaped, add a heaping 1/2 tsp of your filling, take your finger and dip into water bowl covering all edges of the wrapper with water, this helps to seal the wrapper in the cooking process.

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Grab the top and bottom tips and squeeze them together.

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 Then take the left side in by folding the wrapper in mutiple times towards the middle corner.

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 Now it’s time to cook the dumplings, in a large frying pan set at 6 warm with a splash of Extra Virgin Olive Oile. When you can smell the oil lightly add the Dumplings to the pan, let fry for a couple of minutes until you notice the bottoms starting to turn golden.

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I dont have a cover for this pan so we used a pizza pan!

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Let them steam for 5 minutes and check. They should look like this

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Continue steaming until the water dissolves, remove cover and let fry until the bottoms are completely golden.

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When golden remove from heat, plate with dipping sauce and chopsticks and get ready to fall in love……

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 I hope you all enjoyed this blog as much as I know you are going to enjoy eating these delicious little morsels!!

Any ideas on what I should cook next or comments please feel free to email me at schoonerpixie@hotmail.com

You can also join me on facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/#!/SchoonerpixiesKitchen.

To be honest I don’t know what is on the menu next but there are a few ideas floating around, one of them being homemade donairs with donair meat made with ground turkey…. Tonight my plan is to cook a new dish for supper so when I figure out what that is I will be sure to share it with you all next time.

Until next time Happy Cooking & Enjoy!!

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When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie…………..

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I learned to make homemade Pizza Sauce from one of my favorite chef’s Michael Smith.. He is an amazing chef that shows people how cook simple and delicious meals in the comfort of your own home! Since I started making this sauce I have yet to buy canned sauce since. The great thing about this sauce is that it makes enough to make 2 or 3 pizzas. So for your convenience you can freeze it if you have alot left over.

  • 4 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 large onion (white or red)
  • 1 jar of strained tomatos (I use La Regina San Marzano because they are the best, also they can be purchased in 8’s at Costco and can be used in many dishes)

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  • 3 tbsp of  dried oregano
  • 2 dashes of Worcestershire Sauce
  • Dash of dried Chili Flakes
  • 1 tbsp Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce (for a more traditional sauce, omit the bbq sauce)

First add your E.V.O.O. to the bottom of your pan turn on Med-High heat (6-7)

Add your Onions & Garlic, once they start to sautee, add a dash of water, this will soften the onions and prevent the garlic from burning, season with Salt & Pepper. Once your veggies are softened, add your chili flakes and oregano.

Excuse the steam "It's HOT in my kitchen" ;)

Excuse the steam “It’s HOT in my kitchen” 😉

Then add your jar of tomato sauce, (each bottle has basil in it you can leave the basil in or remove it, if you leave it in make sure you chop it up good in the pan).

Then add your Worcestershire sauce and your BBQ Sauce.  Let simmer until it is time to put your pizza together.

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Just for timing purposes it’s time to make the Sweet Potato Dollar Chips!

This is a healthier dish for you than your regular potato as it doesnt have as much starch so if you are watching what you are eating these are an awesome substitue.

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees

  • 1 larger long Sweet Potato cut into coin size pieces (1 potato feeds 3 people)

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In a large mixing bowl add your sweet potato. Then coat the dollars with:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 or4 good dashes of garlic plus
  • Salt & Pepper

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When every thing is mixed, on a cooking sheet place your sweet potato on the pan. Like this! Then put in the oven for 15 minutes, turn over and bake for another 10 minutes or until both sides are browned!

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Now back to the pizza,

  • 4 small fast frying steaks, cut into small pieces
  • 1 small green pepper diced
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 cup of sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 2 cups of grated Skim Mozarella Cheese
  • 3-4 whole wheat pitas

In a small frying pan with some E.V.O.O. sautee your onions & green peppers, again when they start to cook at a shot of water. When cooked set aside on a plate.

Next fry your steak in the same pan, season with salt and pepper.

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While your steak is cooking place your pitas on a cookie sheet (only 3 per sheet will fit), add your tomato sauce. Then add your steak

In the frying pad add your sliced mushrooms, cook only long enough to add to your pizzas the green peppers & onions.

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Then add your mushrooms and last but not least the cheese.

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By the time every thing is sliced and diced, sauted and grated and the pizza are prepared, your sweet potato dollars should be ready to take out of then oven.. If you have to wait a few minutes thats ok!!

Put your pizzas in the oven on bake for about 7 minutes, leave the temp at 375. After the 7 minutes turn your oven to broil melting the cheese and adding that extra crisp your pita bread… Remove from the oven and serve!! I use a pizza cutter to cut them in fours….

This is a great meal that the whole family will love. It is also a meal that you can play with. It is okay to maybe change the steak to chicken or even pulled pork or add your own favorite toppings like hot peppers, olives, feta cheese or even green onion. It’s all about what you like. This is also a super healthy meal with lean cuts of meat, low starch, skim cheese and a thin whole wheat pizza crust.. Can’t get any better than that!

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I also make these pizzas for friends as apps and they are a big hit, they are alot of work.. but they are so good that it is worth it!

I hope you and your family enjoy this delicious meal..

Please feel free to join me on facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/#!/SchoonerpixiesKitchen

Is there anything you would like me to learn to cook and post on my blog please I am up for any of your ideas and suggestions. You can comment on here or email me at schoonerpixie@hotmail.com, your feedback is appreciated 🙂

Until then Enjoy & Happy Cooking

New to foodie blogging!!

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         New Foodie does Toasted Donair Ravioli

“A maritime favorite with an Ammie Parsons twist”

Ready to eat & ENJOY!!

 So I am new to the blogging world. I myself have never blogged before and to be honest have only read a few blogs done by my friends that I know are REALLY funny. What inspired me to do so you ask? I have been thinking about this for about a month or so now after my friend Kelly and also my favorite server at my favorite restaraunt Kellock’s called my husband and I foodies. After cooking all weekend and posting MANY instagram photo’s on my facebook over the last few months of my husband John and I’s food creations and our many homecooked meals I figured a blog would be a great way to share my/our ideas with those of you that are interested. I also think sharing my experiences will motivate me to cook more and to try new recipes 🙂

 I was never really into to food other than your typical roasted chicken and pork dinners.. I also used to eat alot of processed foods and picked my way through most of the home cooked meals that I was faced with (sorry mom). I was super fussy so fussy I used to go as far as straining my salsa so I didnt have to deal with the tomatos. My husband and planting my own garden changed all that for me.. I am a whole new woman now, with an open mind. I am now eating just about every veggie under the sun, very minimal processed foods and alot of authentic foods including my most recent favorite.. Sushi!! Someday I plan on trying to make that and when I do I will share with you, I promise!

 So a few weeks ago after watching Diners Drive Ins & Dives and talking to our friends about maybe doing a cook off with the main ingredient being pork.. I came up with what turned out to be a delicious appetizer that will pull on the heart strings of any maritimer I call the “Toasted Donair Ravioli”

This is how it’s done!!

The first thing you need to make for this recipe is the Donair Sauce this needs to sit for at least a few hours and the longer it sits the better it tastes. I have made Donair Sauce alot and have it down to a tea. The key is when you make it, use regular canned milk, the low fat just doesnt sit right. If you are watching your weight this probably isn’t the best route to go!

You will need:

      2/3 cup canned milk
      2/3 cup sugar
      1/4 cup white vinegar
      1/2 tsp garlic freshley grated (you can use powder if you dont have the fresh garlic)

Directions

     Stir canned milk, sugar and garlic powder until sugar is dissolved let sit for a couple of minutes then stir again making sure all the sugar is dissolved. Stir hard add vinegar all at once, once it is added only 3-4 times. The quicker you add the vinegar and the less you mix, the thicker the sauce will be. Let sauce sit for at least 2 hours in refrigerator before using when you go to use it give it another good stir.  The key is if you stir it to much the milk will seperate from the vinegar! Follow this and it will turn out perfect and you can use it for this recipie and donairs, garlic fingers and donair pizza.. it also lasts for a week!!
     Of course I made the filling myself, I researched recipies and tweaked it to my own.. Here it is!

You will need:

  • 1  tsp salt
  • 1  tsp ground oregano
  • 1  tsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/2  tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2  tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2  tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2  tsp onion powder
  • 1/4  tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground pork

I let this sit wrapped in saran wrap overnight to let the meat absorb the flavors.

The next day I added:

  • 1/2 cup fresh cherry tomates (I removed the seeds and meat in the center to remove most of the water)
  • 1 grated medium onion
  • 1/2 FINELY chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup of Mozzarella Cheese

You will now need a package of wonton wrappers and egg wash.. I brushed the eggwash on with a paint brush and used a melon baller to measure the meat!

The start of something good!

The start of something good!

 Cover the filling over with another wonton wrapper and use the pressure of a fork to seal it off.. Make sure there isn’t to much filling, if there is they will explode in the deep fryer. Not a good scene!!

It's on it's way

It’s on it’s way

 Next you will need a bowl of egg wash and two plates with Italian bread crumbs on them. Dip the ravioli in the egg wash and put each side of the ravioli on each plate to make sure they are covered well!! Like this below….

We're getting closer!!

We’re getting closer!!

Last but not least it is time to deep fry, we don’t have a deep fryer for obvious reasons one being I would be as big as a house due to eating fresh cut fries once a day. For this I used a cast iron pan and about 2 cups of vegetable oil..Heat oil and Fry at about  5 for about 7 minutes turning over occassionally so the pork gets well cooked. Remove from oil and put on a plate with paper towel to absorb any access grease..

The finished and might I say delicious final product!

The finished product and might I say delicious!

 Put on a serving plate with the donair sauce and they are ready to serve!!! These are time consuming but are well worth it and are going to be hit with all of your friends and family! Good luck and most of all enjoy! 🙂

 So that is it, I have lost my blogging virginity.. I hope you all enjoyed and give this recipe a try!! If at first you don’t succeed you can always try again..

Next up our new creation ” The Apple Pork Pressed Panini”

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