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Pork and Shrimp Dumplings recipe

What is it about dumplings that makes them so appealing? Whether it's the pork-filled crisp-edged pot stickers so synonymous with Chinese New Year, or thoroughly Westernized twists on the classics (French onion soup dumplings, anyone?), these recipes are guaranteed to be a hit.

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Pan-Fried Pork and Cabbage Pot Stickers

These are the classic jiao zi, or fried pork dumplings, that are at the center of any Lunar New Year celebration, with their traditional filling of pork and shredded cabbage, seasoned with soy sauce and ginger.

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Duck and Shiitake Dumplings

Chinese delis sell roasted ducks with glossy, crisp skin and succulent meat, which in these dumplings gets paired with meaty dried shiitakes and crunchy water chestnuts.

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Steamed Pork Buns

Chinese steamed pork buns, or char siu bao, are a dim sum classic with their soft, pillowy wheat-flour exterior and slightly sweet barbecued pork filling.

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French Onion Soup Dumplings

Take the concept of juicy Shanghai soup dumplings and apply the flavors of French onion soup: sweet caramelized onions in a savory beef broth,all wrapped in wonton skins and fried, then topped with melted Gruyère. Fusion cuisine at its best!

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Chinese Egg and Scallion Dumplings

This meatless variation of the classic Chinese dumpling is filled with scrambled eggs seasoned with Asian sesame oil, garlic, and scallions

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Shrimp and Scallop Shiu Mai

These tiny purse-shaped dumplings, which are a staple of Chinese dim sum, make the perfect party food, since they can be made in a big batch, frozen, and steamed just before guests arrive. Not a fan of seafood? Try the pork-filled variety.

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Steamed Vegetable Dumplings

The delicately flavored mushroom, celery, and bok choy filling is well-suited to the steam-cooking method, which produces tender dumplings known as cheng jiao in Mandarin.

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Pork and Shrimp Pot Stickers

Can't decide between a pork and seafood filling? Put them both together in these favorites. Or swap them out for ground lamb, typical of northern Chinese cuisine.

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Fried Chocolate-Hazelnut Wontons

Yes, we've even got dumplings for dessert. These crispy wonton skins are filled with Nutella, and served with a creamy Grand Marnier dipping sauce.

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