As of this writing, I'm still stuffed with dumplings (guotie, or Chinese fried dumplings, and jiaozi, boiled ones, to be exact) from dinner...last night. They were from a neighborhood favorite, Vanessa's, where you can find me once a week, pretty much every week.
And for good reason: I love dumplings of any variety—from pierogies to ravioli, gyoza to samosas. They're cheap and cheerful, packed with flavor (thanks, multiple condiments and dipping sauces!), and comforting as heck. I especially love dumplings because I love snacks and small bites, especially when they can add up to become a main meal.
For some reason, making dumplings at home has never really occurred to me, but it's actually the perfect weekend project. It's a time investment, sure, but so are those sweet rolls I made this past spring, and that homemade whole-wheat tagliatelle. And there's a huge upside: At home, I can put just about whatever I want in them, steam or fry them exactly to my preference, and freeze them for whenever a dumpling craving hits (they'll probably run out soon). Best of all, dumpling-pleating seems like possibly the most therapeutic kitchen task imaginable, and I could always use a little chill.
So here are 20 dumpling recipes to dive into—headfirst!—this weekend. Happy pleating!