Vegetarian Lemongrass Dumplings

Vietnam meet Thailand in these mouth pleasures.

Makes 30.

For this recipe, you will need a steamer basket of some kind. A simple collapsible steamer basket will do. Alternatively, you can get a bamboo or stainless steamer at an Asian market.

Mix in medium bowl:

1 block tofu, broken or cut into small pieces

¼ cup lemongrass, minced (I get this frozen at the Asian Market)

2 shallots, minced

1 t sea salt

1 t chiu chow chili oil (or any chili oil or ¼ t cayenne powder)

1 t sesame oil

2 kefir lime leaves, julienned and minced super fine

2 t kudzu powder mixed with 3 t cold water – stir and dissolve

combine all and stir

The filling can be prepared the day before and kept in the refrigerator.

Take 1 package round wonton wrappers out of the freezer at least one hour before you are ready to start making the dumplings.

NOTE: You can make these gluten free by using rice papers. Just cut them into small round circles, wet, and wrap.

To make the dumplings:

Shortly before you are ready to steam them, make the dumplings. Hold the wonton wrapper in the palm of your hand and place a half of a teaspoon of filling in the center. Cup your hand around the wonton wrapper, gathering folds up around the filling. Press the gathered folds up over the filling and together to make a ball that is pinched closed on the top. You can wet the edges of the dumpling wrapper first if you need more adhesion.

You can put wax paper between layers if you want to stack them.

Fill the pan under the steamer with enough water to almost reach the bottom of the steamer basket and begin heating. Lightly oil your steamer basket and place dumplings in basket ½ inch apart. When the water is getting close to boiling lower steamer into pan, cover and steam until the dumplings are cooked through, about 8 – 10 minutes.

Serve with Ginger-Soy Dipping Sauce.

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