DAY # 24: HOMEMADE DUMPLINGS

Cooking cooking… It is challenging for me! I love tasty food (who does not??) but, oh god, I must cook more often to finally learn how to do it. 

Today I wanted to make a dinner from the ingredients I had. It was some mince and curd left in the fridge. These were the products that needed to be used quickly. Somehow I remembered such thing as dumplings and decided to do them with meat filling.

It takes a few hours to make them but I had some spare time and really wanted to make something tasty for my love.

Rarely do I enjoy cooking but making them was a pleasure! And they were really tasty as well!

Dumplings with beef (25 – 30 dumplings):

Filling:

  • 300 g beef mince (of beef and pork mince)
  • 1 medium onion
  • salt
  • pepper
  • any other spices you might want!

Dough:

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 egg
  • 0.5 cup of water
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Sauce:

  • 1 large onion
  • some bacon
  • a slice of butter
  • a spill of olive oil
  • 150 g sour cream

First of all, make the filling. Chop the onion into small cubes and mix them with meat. Then add salt, pepper and other spices if you want. Actually, I have no idea what exactly I put into it, probably a little bit of all the spices that I have (which are suitable for the meat of course). Leave it in a bowl and make the dough.

When you are making dough, it is very important to mix everything properly. Start with mixing flour and egg. Then pour olive oil and only then pour the water. The dough has to be solid and not to stick to your arms. You might need to add some more water or flour to make it perfect.

After the dough and the filling are done, it is time to make dumplings! Roll out the dough (it should be about 2 – 4 mm thick) and squeeze out the circles of it. I used a cup to make perfect size circles. Then add some filling onto the center of the dough circle and form a dumpling. To make sure the dumplings will not open when boiling, use a fork to slightly press the edges of dough. In the end, dumplings should look like the one in the picture.

Now it is time to boil them! Boil the water in a medium or large pot, add some salt and put the dumplings into the pot. Boil them for 20-25 minutes.

While the dumplings are boiling, let’s make the sauce. Chop the onion and bacon, put them into a pan and fry over a medium heat for 7 – 10 minutes. Then add the sour cream and fry for a few more minutes. The sauce should be done at the same time as the dumplings. Enjoy!

P.s. We were so hungry that I forgot to take a picture of dumplings before eating!

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