I grew up eating dumplings. Lots and lots of dumplings. My mom always made them from scratch, mainly because frozen dumplings just weren’t readily available at that time. But, let’s face it, homemade dumplings just taste better! As a mom myself now, I am amazed that she had the time to make all those dumplings herself. Moms are truly amazing, aren’t they?
I would often find myself in awe of the pleats and folds my mom could easily make when wrapping dumplings. As a child, I never could get them quite right. They tasted just fine but didn’t look as beautiful as hers. Often times, we would like to have fun and experiment with all sorts of different fillings such as pork, chicken, beef, tofu and we even did a riff off of the pierogi with mashed potatoes. I do find myself dreaming up dumpling recipes some days but it’s hard to find the time to sit down and actually fold enough to satisfy the families bellies.
Luckily, this pandemic has given me a bit more free time and since we recently ventured into growing our own micro greens, it gave me a fantastic idea for a dumpling filling. The pea shoot micro greens are incredibly nutty and taste intensely of peas. It’s a classic pairing with pork and we loved every bite of these juicy dumplings. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!