Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Dumpling Soup

Over the holidays my family and I went to one of my favorite restaurants, The Mandarin. They had the most wonderful wonton soup. When I got home I was flipping through my Foodnetwork magazine trying to decide what to make for the week, and came across this recipe. I was so excited to try it. Granted it is not as good as The Mandarin's because the dumplings are not homemade, but it was really good, and will satisfy my craving until I get back there.

Dumpling Soup

4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1/4 pound thick-sliced ham, diced
2 Tbsp dry sherry or Chinese rice wine
1 Tbsp sugar
1 1-inch piece ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
4 3-inch strips orange zest*
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
2 scallions, sliced, white and green parts separated
1 cup sliced button mushrooms
2 medium carrots, thinly sliced
2 to 3 napa cabbage leaves, thinly sliced
24 frozen chicken or vegetable dumplings or pot stickers
Soy sauce, for drizzling (optional)

Combine 2 cups water, the broth, ham, sherry, sugar, ginger, orange zest, 1/2 tsp salt, and pepper to taste in a large pot. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Add the scallion whites, mushrooms and carrots. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, until the carrots are crisp-tender, about 4 minutes.

Add the cabbage, dumplings and scallion greens. Cover and cook until the dumplings are soft and heated through, 4 to 5 minutes. Divide the dumplings and soup among bowls. Drizzle with soy sauce, if desired.

*I did not know how to do strips of orange zest, so I just put in about 1/4 tsp of orange zest and it tasted fine.

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