Last week I was watching a tv show about dinner parties and I was struck with an idea for my blog. I thought I should be doing vegetarian dinner party meal plans. It’s something that I’ve thought a lot about especially when I initially cut meat out of my diet. So I’m starting with a three part Korean BBQ theme. It’s very simple and the main really tastes like your eating animal fat on the barbecue steak.
Today I’m starting with the appetizer, Mandu. Mandu means dumpling in Korean and is traditionally served with equal parts vinegar and soy sauce for dipping. I find it tastes better smothered in sweet chili sauce but if you want to remain authentic use the soy-vinegar sauce.
Making your own dumplings may seem overwhelming but after you make your first batch it gets faster and faster. Just remember to purchase dumpling wrappers they are thicker than wonton wrappers and will prevent a meltdown in the kitchen. Also these freeze really well but there is a trick to it. Place the freshly made dumplings on parchment paper and place directly in the freezer. Once they are frozen you can place them in a ziplock bag and cook from frozen.
Anyways enough talking and more cooking!
10 Shitake Mushrooms
3/4 cup Portobello Mushrooms
3 cloves of garlic
1/3 cup leek
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp soy sauce
Dash of salt
1 tsp sugar
30-40 dumpling wrappers
Small glass or bowl of water
1 tbsp coconut oil (or whatever you have on hand)
Re-hydrate shitakes in warm water for 45 minutes to an hour.
Once shitakes are re-hydrated place in a food processor with Portobello mushrooms, leeks and garlic. Once mixture is finely processed transfer to a bowl.
Add sesame oil, soy sauce, salt and sugar to mushrooms and mix well.
Add a small spoonful of mixture into the center of the wrapper and fold in half. Use water from the cup or bowl to seal the edges.
Place finished dumpling on a parchment lined baking sheet, making sure not to allow the dumplings to touch.
Once all the dumplings are made heat a pan with oil and place dumpling in the pan. Brown each side and then add a splash of water and cover for 3 minutes. Turn the dumplings and cover for another 3 minutes.
Remove from heat and serve with a dipping sauce.