Mushroom Green Bean Dumplings (Vegan + Vegetarian!)
There is no secret here: I’m an avid pork dumpling lover. The fatty meat, with the salty, toasty and acidic sauce….paired with some scallions and the squishy dumpling dough…. it all just sends me over the edge. There was a time in my life where I was genuinely addicted to ordering dumplings from the 24 hour Chinese restaurant around my corner… one lonely day, I woke up with a bag of dumplings outside my door. I ordered them at 7AM, and I slept through the delivery. It was a low point. I had to figure out a way to enjoy that same delicious taste, but with a hint of health. Selfishness aside, a lot of you have been asking for vegetable-based recipes. Alas, here we are, with these absolutely delicious mushroom veggie dumplings.
Before we move forward, I want to note that these can be vegan, or they can not be. In my video, I show how to make both wontons and traditional round dumplings for this recipe, and I omitted using egg wash to seal the edges of the wonton. Water worked just fine for me, but the traditional way to seal wontons is to use egg wash.
I also want to note that the wrappers (both wonton and dumpling — only difference was the shape) I used did not contain any animal products in them. You can also make your own dough.
Finally, you can swap any of these ingredients for a choice of your preference. Can’t find enoki or shitake mushrooms, or you simply don’t want to use them? No problem, sub whatever mushroom you like. Same goes for the green beans and the herbs. Feel free to customize all of this — this is your meal. I just want to inspire you to make a dish that we tend to order out the majority of the time.
Ok, let’s get cooking.
|12-15 Wonton or dumpling wrappers|
|8 shitake mushrooms|
|1 1/2cup enoki mushrooms|
|1/2cup green beans|
|1 1/2tsp grated ginger|
|1/4cup sesame seeds|
|Black sesame seeds|
|Filling Seasoning and Sauce|
|1/4cup rice vinegar|
|2tbsp soy sauce|
|3tsp sesame oil|
In a bowl, mix all of the ingredients for the dumpling sauce. Set this aside.
Season a skillet with a splash of sesame oil, and about 2 tsp of olive oil over medium high heat. Wait until the oil is shimmering, then add the mushrooms and ginger and garlic paste. Sauté for 2-3 minutes, until the mushrooms are mildly softened and appear to be a slightly darker brown.
Add half of the dumpling sauce into the pan, and continue to sauté the mushroom mixture until the sauce is fully cooked into the mushrooms.
Add the green beans to the pan, and sauté another 1-2 minutes. The green beans should be bright green and crisp. Remove the entire mixture from the pan and transfer to a bowl.
Fill a shallow bowl with room temperature water. Fill another bowl with 1/4 cup sesame seeds.
Dip a wonton or dumpling wrapper into the water, until soft to touch. Make sure the edges bend easily and that they are not dry.
Place the wrapper onto a clean, flat surface. Place 1 tsp of filling inside the wrapper. Pinch the edges and enclose the filling inside. If using a wonton wrapper, you will form a triangle when you fold and pinch the dough. If you are using a round dumpling wrapper, you will form a crescent half circle shape.
For wontons, bring the two outer corners of the triangle together, so they overlap. Basically, make the wonton "hug" itself. Push the middle of the two corners together until they stick together. For round dumplings, you can also gather all edges of the dough in the center, and twist until the filling is enclosed.