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I just bought a Dumpling Press - now what?!

DoodlePirate Jul 29, 2013 07:04 AM

Hi all,
Our local kitchen supply store had a tent at our fair and I bought a trio of dumpling presses. They're cheapies, but for the amount that I'll actually use them, it was worth the $3.

Small = 2 1/4" diameter
Medium = 3" diameter
Large = 3 3/4" diameter

My 7yo daughter has requested cheese ravioli, the hunny has requested potato cheddar pierogies and I want to do some kind of pumpkin ravioli with sage brown butter sauce. The 7yo has also requested homemade playdough so she can play with it. Thinking I may give her Pie Dough instead and we'll make hand pies.

So now the fun part of - what would YOU make first?

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    foodslut Jul 29, 2013 11:39 AM


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      c oliver Jul 29, 2013 05:23 PM

      Wouldn't the dough be too thin? I make my Asian dumplings using a tortilla press with the dough between layers of a plastic bag cause otherwise the dough is going to stick to the press.

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        escondido123 Jul 31, 2013 08:45 AM

        I have one of the those and it is slick plastic--never had a sticking problem.

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      INDIANRIVERFL Jul 29, 2013 11:50 AM

      Fruit pies. Bake or fry and serve with ice cream. Use filling out of a can and there will be no problems.

      Great toothsome introduction for all.

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        tastesgoodwhatisit Jul 30, 2013 10:08 PM

        Deep fried cheese wontons.

        Make the largest size, put a bit of mozarella in it and deep fry until crunchy, serve hot dusted with icing sugar, being careful of the molten cheese.

        (my favourite restaurant, a north-western chinese place, makes these as a dessert. You have to order them in advance, when you make the reservations, but boy are they good!)

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        1. re: tastesgoodwhatisit
          c oliver Jul 30, 2013 10:51 PM

          Do you have a recipe for the dumpling wrapper please? Also what is "icing sugar"?

          1. re: c oliver
            Kontxesi Jul 31, 2013 11:48 AM

            I would assume powdered/confectioners sugar.

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              c oliver Jul 31, 2013 12:10 PM

              Sorry. I meant the wrapper itself.

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          escondido123 Jul 31, 2013 08:46 AM

          You can use the large one to make hand pies/turnovers. If you don't want to make your own pie crust you can buy a premade, take it out of the shell and let it thaw and then cut into the right size circles.

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          1. re: escondido123
            1sweetpea Jul 31, 2013 10:11 AM

            Along those lines (hand pies/turnovers) consider cocktail sized empanadas, Jamaican patties and Tibetan momos, along with Korean mandu, giant jiaozi and the type of dessert ravioli that are deep-fried. You could even do a homemade version of a pop tart with the large size.

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            DoodlePirate Jul 31, 2013 12:25 PM

            WOW! Thanks guys for all the ideas! Jamaican patties sound delish. My mom suggested making some kind of turnover thing with sweet potatoes.

            Can't wait to actually try it, I promise to post pictures if/when I do.

            Keep 'em coming!

            1. weezieduzzit Jul 31, 2013 12:38 PM

              I have a little set like that, too, it's really fun to make little food. :) Resist the urge to overfill!

              I'll be making cherry hand pies this afternoon with the large one.

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