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Make Your Own Dumplings Party!

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It’s Friday night, you have a couple bottles of rosé, a fresh season of the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt to watch, and everything you need to make your own dumplings. Could life be any better?! A few Fridays ago I hosted the ultimate grown up TGIF party.

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Here’s what I did. First I prepared the meats. I finely diced the meats – you want everything chopped up so it’s tiny enough to fit in the dumplings. Then I cooked each one in a different sauce. I cooked the pork in equal parts toasted sesame oil, red chili oil, and sriracha. I cooked the chicken in teriyaki sauce, and I cooked the beef in 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil, 2 cloves minced garlic, 1/4 cup chopped scallions, and 1 tablespoon soy sauce. Each meat had its own distinct flavor, and only the pork was spicy.

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Then I finely chopped some mushrooms and quickly sautéed them. I chopped broccoli into tiny florets and threw them in the microwave just until they were soft. I chopped some cashews and shredded a carrot too.

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Lastly, I made a really simple dipping sauce for the dumplings by combining 2 1/2 tablespoons of soy sauce, 1 1/2 tablespoons of water, 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil, and 2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar. It was sweet and salty and a nice compliment to the dumplings.

Everyone tried different combinations and had different favorites. Charles loved the spicy pork with carrots. I like the teriyaki chicken with the cashews, and my friends like beef and broccoli.

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Dumplings can be a little hard to make, it takes practice to figure out exactly how much filling they can hold. You also have to make a whole bunch to have enough for dinner. I served some chicken fried rice on the side, and I also bought egg roll wrappers. Egg rolls hold more filling, and are easier to make. Kids would probably have a much easier time with egg rolls. You can use the same fillings, it’s just a different size and shape.

Once you fill the dumplings – I found that they can handle a heaping tablespoon of filling – you brush them with a mix of an egg white scrambled with 2 tablespoons of water. We learned that if the dumplings were too moist, they wouldn’t stick. Only wet half of the edge dumpling and then press it together with your fingers. For egg rolls, brush the edge to hold it together, and then brush the top to help them brown.

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I don’t have one of those bamboo steamers (I don’t have room for anything else in my kitchen) so I just quickly boiled the dumplings until they would float, and then I pan fried them in vegetable oil. We baked the egg rolls for 10 minutes at 350 degrees, and then I quickly pan fried them.

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We had so much fun! Even people who aren’t very culinarily inclined got the hang of making dumplings. I might just have to have another dumpling party… or do something similar – like an empanada party!

Want to read about other parties I have thrown? Here are links to my Build Your Own Grilled Cheese Party, Build Your Own Avocado Toast, and Build Your Own Salad parties!


Thursday 26th of May 2016

This is such a fun idea! I love the different variations that guests could experiment with.

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Tuesday 24th of May 2016

This would be really a fun idea to do. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Pinned & shared.

Lauren | Mom Home Guide

Tuesday 24th of May 2016

Looks like a fun party! Thanks for sharing this idea at Craft Frenzy Friday on Mom Home Guide! Pinning!

Homemade for Elle

Monday 23rd of May 2016

I really love this idea!! My niece was telling me last week that she wanted to have potstickers for dinner, so I have been wanting to make them for her. I am absolutely doing this with dumplings when she comes over this week. What a fun idea!

Thanks for sharing on This is How We Roll Thursday link party!

Hil D

Saturday 21st of May 2016

Thats so fun! I've done make your own rice paper wraps but not dumplings. I love dumplings. How do yo keep it seperate while cooking so yo know who made what?

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