Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A Double Rainbow and Gyoza Dumplings Two Ways


We woke up to a morning of pouring rain, water pounding on the skylights and against the window panes. The thunder rumbled in the background as we scampered across the driveway. Today we wore raincoats to walk Olive, our dog. After the rain let up we saw a rainbow and then about 10 minutes later we saw another one, a double rainbow. According to Accu-weather.com "a ray of sunlight passes through a raindrop, reflecting off the back of the drop at varying angles. Along with this reflection is refraction of light that causes a spectrum of colors. Certain angles and bending of light betterr for refraction to occur, thus appearing a double rainbow".

The same day I made these gyoza dumplings two ways. For lunch we had the mushroom and arugula mixture. Later for dinner we had the crab, cream cheese and scallion mix. The dipping sauce was the same for both combinations and was very easy to put together. I can see many more variations of these in the near future.


Ingredients:

For mushroom and arugula mixture:

1 tablespoon coconut oil
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 ounces cremini mushrooms (chopped)
1 clove garlic (minced)
2 tablespoons scallions (sliced very thin)
1 handful baby arugula
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon soy flour
1 teaspoon water
1/3 cup water

For crab and cream cheese mixture:

1 tablespoon coconut oil
7 ounces can cooked crab
2 ounces cream cheese (softened)
3 scallions (sliced thinly)
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon soy flour
1 teaspoon water
1/3 cup water

For the dipping sauce:

6 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
3 or 4 drops of chili oil (taste and add more if desired)

For the Gyoza wrapper:

I found mine in the vegetable section where the herbs and mushrooms were. They were labeled as Chinese style gyoza potstickers.

To prepare mushroom and arugula dumplings:

In a large heavy skillet/pot on medium heat add coconut oil, when hot add mushrooms, and salt, and allow them to sweat, after they have released there water add arugula and cook down, then add garlic. Cook for one minute stirring offten. Remove from heat add scallions, soy sauce, soy flour add water; mix well.



Fill a small bowl with water, with your dumpling wrapper add mixture in the middle, not too much you want it to close. Moisten sides with water and fold in half. Gently press sides together to stick.


To pan fry: heat 1 tablespoon coconut oil in a heavy pot, add gyoza side by side, upright to fill pan. Cook over medium heat until bottoms are golden brown. Pour in 1/3 cup water and immediately cover pan to steam packets. Lower flame and cook until all water has evaporated. Serve while still hot with dipping sauce.

For the crab and cheese mixture:

Mix crab, cream cheese and scallions together in a medium sized bowl, taste and season if necessary with salt and pepper.

Fill a small bowl with water, with your dumpling wrapper add mixture in the middle, not too much you want it to close. Moisten sides with water and fold in half. Gently press sides together to stick.

To pan fry: heat 1 tablespoon coconut oil in a heavy pot, add gyoza side by side, upright to fill pan. Cook over medium heat until bottoms are golden brown. Pour in 1/3 cup water and immediately cover pan to steam packets. Lower flame and cook until all water has evaporated. Serve while still hot with dipping sauce.


For the dipping sauce in a medium bowl add all the ingredients together and mix well. Enjoy!









Cheri Savory Spoon
Cheri Savory Spoon

Mysavoryspoon was first started in 2010 as a way to journal recipes that I had collected from cookbooks, magazines, family and friends. Most everything was savory, using legumes and whole grains. Along the way I discovered a love for baking. Now a couple times a month you might see some type of sweet pie or treat.

49 comments:

  1. Ah, the double rainbow--that's an internet meme that will never die in my heart :) Those dumplings look delicious too, they're making me really hungry right now :D

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks June, just found out what a meme was....

      Delete
  2. "Double rainbow, all the way across the sky!" So neat! These dumplings sound delicious. I can't decide which version I would like better. Guess I'll be making both!

    ReplyDelete
  3. I love gyoza! I make a different version involving pork and ginger and they ALWAYS go quick whenever I serve them.

    Might have to try a different variety, ie yours... for a change!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Kylee, There are endless combinations to these little beauties!

      Delete
  4. Totally love these two takes on dumplings. I love dumplings every which way and I would walk through pouring rain, just to get them. But my dog sure wouldn't. She hates getting her feet wet!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Abbe, my dog is a lab and she does not like to be out in the rain, go figure. Thanks for stopping by.

      Delete
  5. These dumplings look delicious! I have never made these before. Where do you get the dumpling wrappers? I would love to try them sometime. How wonderful to see a double rainbow and that you got rain. It tried to sprinkle here today, but we didn't end up getting anything. At least it was a little cooler, only 100!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Shari, I bought them in the veggie section at a Fred Meyer (in Oregon), I bet Frys would have them in (Phoenix), they had 3 different types of wrappers, 1 for spring rolls, 1 for gyoza, and the other I can't remember. Love it when we get weather in Phoenix, figures the minute I leave.

      Delete
  6. Wow-so cool that you captured the double rainbow! Now on to the dumplings, I've seriously always wanted to make some-you make it look so easy! Beautiful! Can't wait to try these

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Phi, there are very easy, hardest for me was finding the wrappers.

      Delete
  7. Amazing doubles!
    Your dumplings sounds fantastic, Cheri. I like to dip them in sauces too...

    ela h.
    Gray Apron

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Ela, dipping them in sauce is half the fun.

      Delete
  8. the dumplings look scrummy! I have seen a double rainbow once and it is truly something amazing :)

    ReplyDelete
  9. Cheri, I'm impressed! By the rainbow, your doggie's name (Olive, so cute!) and of course these gyozas ... oh, and the fact that you made them two ways! You presented them so beautifully as well. Have a lovely weekend. :-)

    ReplyDelete
  10. These look amazing.
    As amazing as .. wooahhhhh double rainbow!
    Please tell me you've seen this:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99E9fDgZZuE

    ReplyDelete
  11. Internet memes, abound!
    These gyoza look delicious.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Just heard about a meme a couple of months ago, very interesting!

      Delete
  12. Beautiful gyoza! That stuffing is so tasty.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

    ReplyDelete
  13. Homemade dumplings are on my bucket list, and I love both of your fillings!

    ReplyDelete
  14. I've never made gyoza dumplings, Cheri, but those are some tasty ingredient combinations that I'd love to try. I love mushrooms and I love crab so it looks like I'll be making both as well. Love it!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Robyn, it was really pretty easy, once you get the hang of it.

      Delete
  15. Crab and cream cheese are my double whammy! Isn't there some luck belief when seeing a double rainbow?!

    Julie
    Gourmet Getaways

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Not sure about the luck with the rainbow but it sounds good to me. Thanks Julie!

      Delete
  16. The mushroom and arugula mixture sounds so yummy, great flavors!
    Have a great weekend Cheri!

    ReplyDelete
  17. For a moment there, I forgot you had moved to your summer home and was jealous that you got a monsoon and we, in Tucson, didn't! Your dumplings sounds great, and I love both stuffing ideas. My favorite dipping sauce (from Susanna Foo) includes balsamic vinegar. It is quite tasty! ~ David

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for the tip about Susanna Foo's dipping sauce, will have to try David, love balsamic vinegar.

      Delete
  18. Cheri - the double rainbow is beautiful! And those dumplings, oh my they look good. I have never made them myself but you may have inspired me to try : ) Happy weekend!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Mindy, this was my first time making these and once I got the hang of it, the rest was simple.

      Delete
  19. The dumplings look amazing and both fillings sound delicious.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, I had fun making these. Thanks for stopping by.

      Delete
  20. I love gyozas..
    I am totally erplexed as to why your blog posts are not sent to me:(
    I know i keep repeating myself!:)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm not sure why either, I wish I could fix whatever the problem is, but I'm not very techy.

      Delete
  21. Gorgeous! It's been awhile since I saw a rainbow of any kind. The dumplings look absolutely delicious! I love both fillings. You are so good at making them - they look perfect.

    ReplyDelete
  22. Lovely recipe Cheri. I enjoy eating Gyozas and have been meaning to try making them at home. Will get hold of the wrappers and start experimenting. Your versions look amazing and very professional looking.

    ReplyDelete
  23. These look really delicious, Cheri! Can't decide if I'm going to try the crab or mushroom ones first. Yum!

    ReplyDelete