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Stuff Yourself With 13 (Boiled, Fried, Steamed) Dumplings

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If I could choose to emulate any food, it would be a dumpling. Hear me out: They’re adaptable, so much so that almost every culture has found a way to stuff sweet and savory fillings into small, thin pieces of dough (as in gyozas), or else make delicate orbs of tender-cooked dough (as in gnocchi). They’re accessible and generous, made with chopped up ingredients that stretch into filling meals. They’re creative, playing with all sorts of fillings (think pork and chives or ricotta and spinach) and elegantly simple with no fillings at all. Plus, they take exceedingly well to substitutions. Once you get into the flow of folding or pinching or scooping, they become more fun than fussy.

See? There are so many reasons dumplings are the best! And if it's true that you are what you eat, I'd like to start munching on these now. For a little inspiration, I’ve rounded up 13 of our favorite dumpling recipes from all over the world.

Vietnamese Style Shu Mai
Vietnamese Style Shu Mai
Popo's Pot Stickers
Popo's Pot Stickers
Shish Barak (Lebanese Lamb Dumplings in Yogurt Sauce)
Shish Barak (Lebanese Lamb Dumplings in Yogurt Sauce)
Sweet & Spicy Sesame Dumplings

Sweet & Spicy Sesame Dumplings by Panfusine

Chicken And Lemon And Herb Dumplings

Chicken And Lemon And Herb Dumplings by sdebrango

Potato, Mushroom, and Caramelized Onion Pierogi

Potato, Mushroom, and Caramelized Onion Pierogi by [email protected]

Mushi-Gyoza (Steamed Gyoza)

Mushi-Gyoza (Steamed Gyoza) by ourlastsupper

Chicken and Chickpea Soup With Dumplings (Gondi)
Chicken and Chickpea Soup With Dumplings (Gondi)
Baked Ricotta and Smoked Salmon Dumplings in Gyoza Skin

Baked Ricotta and Smoked Salmon Dumplings in Gyoza Skin by JIN

Punjabi Buttermilk Stew with Spinach Dumplings

Punjabi Buttermilk Stew with Spinach Dumplings by Shveta Berry

German Steamed Dumplings With Blueberry Sauce
German Steamed Dumplings With Blueberry Sauce
Shrimp Soup Dumplings
Shrimp Soup Dumplings
Gnocchi Verde (Spinach and Ricotta Dumplings)
Gnocchi Verde (Spinach and Ricotta Dumplings)

Or forget the recipe and stuff your own creation!

How to Make Dumplings Without a Recipe
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How to Make Dumplings Without a Recipe

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