I Can HEARTLY Wait
What a peculiar day for you humans, February 14, Valentine’s Day, a celebration of love. Where couples are expected to impress their significant other! Are you looking for something unique? A special dish perhaps? Fear not, this dish will have them swooning “I love you!”.
I discovered this special dumpling on a small island called Montreal in Quebec. These peanut butter dumplings are found at most Chinese restaurants in Montreal and are difficult to find anywhere else on your blue planet! The perfect little ball of seasoned pork and shrimp are blanketed in a slightly spicy, nutty, and sweet peanut sauce. Impress your loved ones with a heart shaped version of this cute little dumpling!
Cooking Time: 60 minutes
Serves: 4 humans or 110293 micro beings
Special Tool: Heart shaped cookie cutter
1 half pound ground pork
1 half pound shrimp, peeled
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon ginger, grated
2 gloves garlic, minced
1 and a half cups garlic chives, chopped finely
36 won ton wraps
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon each salt and pepper
10 cups of salted water for boiling
1- In a food processor, add ground pork, shrimp, soy sauce, sugar, ginger, garlic, garlic chives, salt, and pepper. Pulse until blended but still chunky. To test seasoning, take a teaspoon of the mixture, make a meat patty, and fry until browned on both sides. Check the seasoning and adjust to your preference. Refrigerate until ready to make dumplings.
2- Lay out 36 wonton wraps and use the heart shaped cookie cutters to create the hearts. (Reserve the outer outlines for soups!)
3- Spoon about 2 teaspoons of your meat mixture or enough to fill a wrap in the center. Paint around the edges with the egg, cover with another wrap, and press the edges down to remove as much air as possible. Use a fork to firmly seal the edges. At this point you can refrigerate or freeze until you’re ready to cook.
4- Bring the salted water to a boil in a large pot. Carefully place 4-6 dumplings at a time in the pot and cook for 4-5 minutes or until it floats. Remove with a slotted spoon to drain well.
5- Pour peanut butter sauce on top and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds.
For Peanut Sauce:
1 one inch piece ginger, grated
1 garlic clove, minced
1 half cup of peanut butter
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 half lemon, freshly squeezed juice
1 tablespoon sugar
1 half teaspoon chili paste
3 drops of sesame oil
1 half cup of sesame seeds, toasted
1- Add all ingredients into a saucepan and mix well over low heat for 7 minutes. Slowly add water until it reaches a gravy-like consistency. You’re done!
Tell me what you think in the comments below hooman!