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Author Notes: When I was a kid, we almost never ate manti. Making it at home was so much work, we would usually just buy a bag of them at the church bazaar and enjoy them while they lasted. I made them once from scratch in college and fell in love with them all over again. This is short-cut manti, using pre-made eggroll wrappers, and it is just as tasty as the real thing. - Cave Cibum
I like to eat them straight out of the pan, while my mother likes to cook them again with chicken broth - steps for both are included. You can freeze the whole tray after its first bake, but it reheats better with the chicken broth preparation. —Cave Cibum
Food52 Review: I had never heard of Manti before, but the ingredient list and instruction to form the dough into a canoe shape piqued my interest. I used 1/2 teaspoon of table salt, 1/4 tsp of black pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne in addition to the 1 teaspoon of allspice. The cayenne added a subtle heat, so make sure to adjust to your taste. The allspice works really well with the flavor of the ground lamb. I used about 1 tsp. of filling per dumpling which makes nice little bite-sized dumplings. The manti come out of the oven hot and juicy, with a perfect hint of crunch left in the onions and a tantalizing aroma. (I did not try the chicken broth version, as I was impatient to eat and my stomach would not allow me the additional 15 to 20 minute wait.) Well done, Cave Cibum! - hardlikearmour —hardlikearmour
pound ground lamb
medium onion, finely chopped
cup finely chopped parsley
teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
salt and pepper
package eggroll wrappers
small bowl of water
ounces chicken broth (optional)
- Mix lamb, onion, parsley, and spices together. If you're unsure if it is spiced enough, you can fry up a little bit in a pan to get a taste. Cut each egg roll wrapper into 9 equal square pieces.
- Roll a pinch of the meat mixture into a ball and place in the center of a piece of dough. With your finger, wet along two opposite sides of the dough and pinch together, forming a canoe shape with an open top. (The wet edge with press against itself, not against the other wet edge.) Place manti tightly together in a greased glass baking dish, open side up.
- When you have filled the dish, bake at 350° for 20-30 minutes or until lightly browned.
- (Optional step) Cook as directed above, then pour chicken broth over manti, cover with tin foil, and bake for another 15-20 minutes.