Dumplings are the ultimate comfort food, and a great way to take a trip around the culinary world. Nearly every cuisine features some form of dumpling. We’ve collected our favorite recipes from around the globe, in this food enthusiast’s guide to dumplings. Let’s check it out!
Chinese Meat Dumplings (Jiaozi)
Chinese dumplings (jiaozi) filled with ground pork or beef, cabbage, bamboo shoots, scallions, ginger, and garlic are a popular dish at dim sum restaurants and Chinese New Year celebrations. Serve them as an appetizer, with an easy tangy dipping sauce made from soy sauce and rice wine vinegar.
Caribbean Cornmeal Dumplings
Cornmeal dumplings make a versatile accompaniment to just about any Caribbean meal. They’re hearty and filling on their own, but they can be eaten with sautéed salt fish or a saucy stew. Make smaller dumplings and add them to your soup—there’s no end to what you can do with them. This simple recipe will satisfy your whole family no matter how you decide to use the dumplings.
Thai Steamed Dumplings With Dipping Sauce
Steamed wonton-style dumplings filled with sliced chicken, shiitake mushrooms, and Thai flavorings, make a wonderful light dinner in summer, or a winning buffet appetizer with the included dipping sauce. If serving to company, batches can be made and steamed ahead of time, then covered (or left in the steamer) and placed in the refrigerator.
Polish Potato-Cheese Dumplings (Pierogi Ruskie)
Polish pierogi dumplings have gained worldwide popularity in recent years. What’s not to like about soft, doughy dumplings with savory a potato and cheese filling? Make a big batch in about an hour, to enjoy topped with sour cream, and optional crumbled bacon.
Turkish Meat Dumplings With Garlic Yogurt (Kayseri Mantisi)
Similar to Italian ravioli, Turkish meat dumplings (manti) is a tasty national dish with a storied history. Use store-bought wonton wrappers to enclose the homemade spiced meat and onion filling. Boil these savory parcels in broth, and serve with a delicious mix of garlic-infused yogurt and sweet, tangy tomato sauce.
These Asian-inspired Thanksgiving dumplings are a good way to use up all the delicious leftovers from a holiday dinner. There are no set rules as to what you include in your pockets of dough—everything from stuffing to cranberry sauce is fair game. They are sautéed and steamed in the same manner as Chinese potstickers.
Whether steamed, boiled, or fried, savory or sweet, doughy, or light as air, served in a soup or eaten with a sauce, there is something to love about every type of dumpling. But a dumpling wouldn’t be a dumpling without the dipping sauce that goes with.