Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Edamame Dumplings

I'm a "Happy Hour" kinda person. Though I'm not much of a drinky drink person, I won't turn down a well-made mojito or a fruit-laced margarita. But fill me with too much rum or tequila or any other hard stuff and I won't be having a very pleasant evening. So when five o'clock rolls around, I begin to get a hankering for a nice glass of pinot noir or a chilled glass of Viognier instead. Or an occasional beer... if it's the sort of day that requires an ice cold beverage.

The husband enjoys his occasional late-afternoon adult beverage as well. And he's usually the one asking me what sorts of appetizers I can whip up or dig out of the pantry. Not wanting to fill up before dinner, it's tough to come up with different lighter ideas to serve just two. I find that if I follow a Cooking Light appetizer recipe that serves 4, it meets our needs in serving the two of us!


Our appetizer choice as a prelude to our recent Asian-themed meal: Edamame Dumplings.

Made with won ton wrappers, these are pretty simple to whip up. Frozen edamame is processed with a small amount of spices and then plopped into the center of a wrapper.

Just as ravioli is made, the edges are rubbed with water and then folded over to contain the filling. I do another little rub of water along the edges of the folded dumpling- just to make sure that it's completely sealed. The dumplings are then browned and steamed in a skillet with a small amount of water.


Then they're reading for dipping... into a simple mix of green onions, soy sauce and honey. These steamed treats were perfect for happy hour. A lighter choice, and the filling was excellent with the sauce too. I enjoy popping edamame out its shell and eating it with a bit of sea salt, but I'm not one to make the frozen kind as a side dish. It worked in this dish though- as a quick-to-prepare appetizer. And the best part? Our six year old ate them too (since the green stuff was hidden inside the wrapper!)

With this happy hour we had a glass of Sauvignon Blanc... well, ok... two glasses.

This recipe can be found HERE.

33 comments:

Josie said...

wow those look good. I have a bag of shelled edamame in my freezer I was contemplating tossing because I discovered I don't really like them shelled (I must enjoy picking the beans out of the pods :)). I am going to need to try this recipe!! mmm excuse for happy hour ... :)

Jessy and her dog Winnie said...

I definitly need to try these, they looks really easy, plus delicious!

Jenny said...

Mmmmm! These look so tempting and tasty! I love edamame and bet it's great in these cute dumplings!

noble pig said...

What a great app. These look perfect for company too!

Becca said...

Great idea, they look yummy!

Sharon said...

Sauvignon blanc & edamame dumplings? That sounds like my kind of dinner! I suppose I just realized that you're an SD blogger too. :) I actually bought the tom yum paste at Ranch 99...it took awhile to find it but its in the soy sauce aisle.

Obsessive Foodie or Food Addict....You Decide said...

I like edamame and these looked very tasty. You have "happy hour" at your house???? I am moving in with you!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

I noticed you said you rubbed the edges with water 2x. Thanks for the tip because I've had bad luck with the wrappers coming apart when I cook them. These look fantastic!

Peter M said...

Very nice Lori...Edamame make for nice snacks and I've gotta try them as a filling.

Cheers!

Kevin said...

That looks like a really tasty way to enjoy some edamame. I think I have some edamame in the freezer right now.

Marc @ NoRecipes said...

Looks tasty... and healthy!

Elle said...

I love edamame--I'm bookmarking these to try! They look delicious!

Maryann said...

Yummy :)

ali said...

Yum, RecipeGirl. These look simple to make and delicious. I never would have considered dumplings as a make-in-a-flash dish, but you make it look doable!

ali

cook eat FRET said...

i really love this idea
it's perfect... everyone loves dumplings! but do they brown up in the water?

thank you for this one!

Nicole said...

Can you pass a glass over??? I need one! I just posted about edamame in a hurry too. But mine was the freezer kind and worse! It was freezer burned! Not quite as appetizing as yours. I did make one of your recipes over the weekend and when I have a moment, I will post about it. Thanks!!!

Manggy said...

So much for me being Asian! I've not seen or tasted edamame! But I am a sucker for any dumpling! :)

Grace said...

i think "edamame" is a fun word (one that i grossly mispronounced for a good month before i heard it the proper way). it's also delicious, which is infinitely more important. i'm digging your dumplins.

Ann said...

Ooh... those look fabulous! Guilt-free pot stickers! :-)

Mike of Mike's Table said...

Those look excellent! I've never used edamame, but I'll have to find it so I can give these a try.

VeggieGirl said...

Those dumplings look gorgeous and delicious - perfect for dipping! :0)

HoneyB said...

Those look really good and I love your illustration, makes it look easy!

LyB said...

I would love to try edamame, but I've never found any at our grocery store. Those dumplings look delicious!

Camilla V. Saulsbury said...

I can't wait to try these! I am crazy about edamame and love to do the wonton raviolis/dumplings!

Steph said...

All I have to say is Yum!!! These dumplings look amazing! I want one right now!

Lina said...

How cute to have happy hour at home! :) I love dumplings. What a great idea to stuff the wonton wrappers with edamames!

chou said...

I love dumplings of all kinds. And must admit to sharing a similar "oh really, are you sure that serves 4?" tendency.

Pixie said...

Yummy yum yum! This I must certainly make for myself!

and yes, of course, you're welcomed to bake a long with us!

Emiline said...

I'm so making these! Really, I am. I just bought frozen edamame tonight. I need to buy the wrappers though.

Would it be terrible if I just happened to saute these in a little bit of oil? No, I better not. I need to steam. Must be more healthy.

Patsyk said...

I made my first steamed dumplings last weekend, and I think will be making an appearance soon! They look fantastic!

Deborah said...

I made the edamole from CL (pretty much the filling that went into your dumplings) and ate it with chips - it was a HUGE hit! So these really sound fantastic.

Emiline said...

Made them.

Thanks for the idea. I sort of did my own thing, but they were very good.

Gretchen Noelle said...

I had made these ages ago and never got around to posting them. They were super fun and tasty! Great post!