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Make A Tasty Appetizer This Weekend

The Memorial Day weekend is coming and if you are having a gathering or going to one, try serving some of these appetizers or take some along, you won’t be sorry you did.  Even if you don’t celebrate this holiday, they are so easy to make.  If you have a food processor it’s a breeze.

Just one chicken breast half makes about thirty pieces.  The onion and mustard greens give it a zippy flavor.  They can be prepared two ways.  Frying is one way…more like an empanada.  Steaming them as dumplings is easy and you can get many done at once.  I don’t have a bamboo steamer but I do have a steam pan that I place over a pot of boiling water for the same effect.

To make the filling I used:

  • one chicken breast half cut in chunks.
  • a leaf or two of mustard greens
  • about 1/2 cup chopped cabbage
  • 1 medium carrot cut in chunks
  • 1 segment of fresh garlic
  • 1 or 2 button mushrooms
  • a slice or two of onion roughly chopped
  • a dash or two of soy sauce
  • same of Worcestershire
  • same of Mirin or sweet white wine
  • A pinch each of salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 12 oz package of gyoza or won-ton wrappers (3 1/2″ in diamater)

Stuff all of these ingredients into the processor and let it run until well blended into a paste-like mixture.  To make empanadas, place one round tablespoon of the chicken mixture in the center of the wrapper.  Wet the edges of half of the wrapper, fold it in half, and let the water glue it together.  Heat some olive oil to medium high (enough to coat the bottom) in a skillet and fry them on both sides about a minute or until the center is done.  Drain them on a paper towel or a brown paper bag then plate them up for serving.

To make dumplings, place a round tablespoon of the mixture in the center of the wrapper and work the wrapper into a ruffled opening.  Squeeze it shut and squash it downward to make a little purse-like shape.  Place these into the steamer not touching each other or they will stick together.  Steam for 20 minutes, remove to a plate and keep them covered until ready to serve.

Have some sauces to dip them into.  A variety of sweet and sour sauce, sweet chili sauce, and soy sauce go nicely with these little yummies.  I hope you all enjoy your weekend and I hope you get to enjoy good food and good weather with your families and friends.  Take care peeps!



6 responses

  1. avian101

    This recipe is already on our list, looks like a great appetizer. I like empanadas and dumplings too so I’ll be fine with this dish! I’m not making any plans for Memorial Day, but something will come up, on June 2nd will have my grandson’s 2 year’s party at the pool. That’s all.
    Thank you Diva for your great recipes! 🙂 Have a great day.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    • So glad you like it and want to try it!
      A party at the pool sounds perfect. ♫♪ Happy birthday to grandson! ♪♫ 🙂

      May 24, 2012 at 3:03 pm

  2. wow the dishes look fantastic!! I could go for those steamed dumplings right now! I’ll have to try this out soon. come check out our food/lifestyle blog – https://www.facebook.com/NeedleandFork

    May 24, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    • Thank you! So kind…and thanks for the invite. I’ll be checking it out right away.

      May 24, 2012 at 3:01 pm

  3. Your photos are great and the recipe sounds terrific. It is nice that it can be prepared two ways.

    May 24, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    • Hey thanks! It was way easier than I expected…either way. I think I liked the fried way better…it figures.

      May 24, 2012 at 5:23 pm

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