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Jul 29, 2013 07:04 AM

I just bought a Dumpling Press - now what?!

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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    1. re: foodslut

      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.

      1. re: c oliver

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

    2. 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.

      1. 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

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

          1. re: c oliver

            I would assume powdered/confectioners sugar.

            1. re: Kontxesi

              Sorry. I meant the wrapper itself.

        2. 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

            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.

          2. 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!