This weekend I was making the trip back to Slidell, my hometown. I stopped at Whole Foods in Baton Rouge (which is a whole other story, but as always was an adventure in surviving) picking up some goodies. When I got to the check out line there were so many impulse things to pick from. I chose an Eating Well magazine. I had no idea how awesome this decision would be.
As I flipped through, I was most excited about the lack of advertisements. There were a handful, but not all-consuming. The thing was chalked full of recipes, and not crazy ones either. Super simple recipes. One section caught my eye, the “Frozen Assets” section. This pad boy was full of recipes meant to freeze and cook for later. I was thrilled. I decided that my mom and I would have the Shrimp Dumpling recipe the next day. Then the house exploded in excitement as the confetti fell at the anticipation of Shrimp Dumplings. Okay maybe that didn’t happen, but I was excited.
I followed the recipe with a few minor adjustments. I used only one pound of shrimp and added chopped spinach. I forgot the cornstarch, which I am excited about trying as I was having some problems with these little suckers, and I didn’t put the white pepper, only cause my mom doesn’t like spicy. I decided I would pair my won-tons (what Eating Well cause dumplings) with a simple fried rice with the dish and some roasted green beans, and serve them on a bed of spinach with a drizzle and i do mean a drizzle of sweet and sour sauce.
I had some troubles getting the golden crisp outside that the magazine showed. I served the best looking ones but hey, they all tasted delicious. I was super excited about this recipe. My fried rice came out simple and the roasted green beans were some of my favorite, news flash, it’s because of the honey I drizzled prior to roasting with the cracked red pepper. #offthechain
Folding was not quite the zen process I was hoping for. I also wanted to make cute little folds…I learned very quickly to stop trying to be fancy. A little jar of water to dip my fingers in was a must. Also get a huge cookie sheet that you can lay flat in your freezer to freeze these bad boys. I recommend parchment paper so they don’t stick after freezing. I folded about 45 of them. The recipe yields 48, so I was pretty darn close.
These were my chopped veggies, minus the spinach, which was a last-minute decision. I realized with this dish that it would be a great sweep the kitchen dish. Got some cabbage you need to use or any other veggies that need to be sliced, this is a great way to mix them in a dish, and sneak them into the non veggie eaters. My mom got spinach and cabbage and green beans snuck into her belly. (insert evil laugh here).
The biggest lesson to be learned with this dish, have fun with the process. Don’t expect it to look like a picture and won-tons/dumplings/pot-stickers still taste yummy even if they don’t look perfect! Eat up lil’ chickens, eat up!
Recipes to download:
Eating Well’s Shrimp Dumplings (aka what I call Won-Tons)
Whit’s Simple Fried Rice
Keep bouncing quarters and EatGood! -W