Home Made Allergy Free Dumplings
Looking for the most delicious dumplings ever? Well guess what… you’re going to make them and don’t feel worried when I say the word “from scratch” because it is not only mouth watering but very simple to make.
If you have never heard of House of Goodness, then let me introduce you to this amazing newly found company. House of Goodness was founded by Golden Pig & Co to share quality locally made gluten free and allergy free products with no nasties.
Recently I was asked to try their Gluten Free Flour Dumpling Mix and not only was I surprised at how easy they were to make but I was even more pleasantly surprised at how silky, soft and lightly springy (not doughy) the dumpling wrappers were!
Add dumpling mix, water oil to processor
Wrap dough for 20 minutes
Cut into pieces , roll out to 3mm thickness
With a cookie cutter cut out circles
Add a teaspoon of filling, enclose and add to pan for cooking.
They were actually incredibly easy to handle and if you use a thermo mix or food processor to combine the ingredients, the dough only takes about a minute to prepare. Yes, you heard that correctly. Once the dough has been combined then it needs to rest for 20 minutes. During this time I made my dumpling filling and then I was ready to begin.
Using a rolling pin I opened the dough and then using a large round cookie cutter I created 30 dumpling wrappers. I couldn’t believe what great value one packet of flour mix was! Anyway, I added a teaspoon of mixture in each dumpling wrapper (I made a pork and cabbage mixture) and then folded each one. The dough once again was very simple to handle and a little pinching closed and sealed the wrappers without any water or oil needed.
Finally I decided to pan fry / steam our dumplings. House of goodness has the following link that shows you exactly how to do this.
Just to quickly let you know, I think I will be cooking all my dumplings with this method from now on. It is basically adding the dumplings evenly to a pan with some warm oil, then placing the lid over the top. At this point, lift the lid a little and add just enough water to cover the base of the pan and place the lid back on. After 7-8 minutes the dumplings are steam-fried and the water has been absorbed. Every bite you take combines the crunchy base that sat on the base of the pan with the top of the dumplings being soft and springy from the steaming in the pan. What a combination and texture burst in one! Trust me, you need to try it.
Okay so why bother making your own dumplings at home? Well because firstly you can create your own fillings, they will taste better than anything you can buy especially because YOU made them, you will have a freezer full of ready made meals that you decided on the flavours and fillings and you will feel like a total masterchef when you gaze upon your dumpling bounty. And let me tell you how super star like I felt when the kids and my mum came home and saw my dumpling making skills!
Okay so want in on the action? Head over to House of Goodness to grab a packet. Get yourself ready by firstly putting on your favourite music in the background and then follow the instructions to creating your own special dumplings.
Oh! And before I complete my little chat, many of you would love to know that the flour mixture is wheat, nut, dairy, egg, sesame, soy and gluten free. You see the owners of House of Goodness used to love making potstickers (a crispy, golden Chinese dumpling) until their youngest daughter, Jordyn, was diagnosed with life-threatening allergies to dairy, egg, nuts and shellfish; and intolerances to a number of other foods and preservatives. By 18 months of age, there were more foods Jordyn was allergic to, than not. As a result, Golden Pig & Co created their Gourmet Dumplings range: using locally sourced ingredients, grass-fed and free-range meats and vegetables only from Australian farmers. They have continued using these quality ingredients to also create their Dumpling Flour Mix as well.
Below is a second link to their recipes page where you will also find the Pork and Cabbage filling that I used.
I have also written up for you my recipe for the dumpling sauce I used. I have made this dumpling sauce for years and it is by far our favourite:
2 tbs gluten free soy sauce / tamari
1 tbs hot water
1 tsp honey
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp rice vinegar
1 tsp minced garlic
slices of chilli
slices of green onion
Dissolve honey in hot water and combine all ingredients together.
Serve with dumplings and garnish with chilli and green onions
Pork and Cabbage Mixture
200g pork mince
200g Chinese cabbage or kale, blanched, drained and shredded
150g prawn, minced (optional)
1 bunch shallot, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2cm knob ginger, finely grated
1 Tbs soy sauce
2 Tbs sesame oil (optional)
1. Mix all raw prepared ingredients.
2. Place in the fridge until ready for wrapping.
A special thank you to House of Goodness for giving me the opportunity to genuinely taste test and give my opinion on these wrappers. Honest to goodness and delicious! x