Saturdays are for testing out recipes and giving you the skinny. Each recipe comes from a food blogger from around the country. This week’s recipe comes from The Novice Chef Blog.

The Ease
I’ve said for quite some time that my absolute favorite thing to make and eat are Chinese dumplings.  I’ve been making the same recipe for years, which I love, but was looking for something a little different.  I stumbled upon this blog and this recipe.  For some reason, making dumplings seem to intimidate some–but in actuality, they’re quite easy to make.  You’re really just dumping all the ingredients in a big bowl and mixing them up with your (clean) hands.  Fill the wrappers with some meat mixture, fold, and squeeze the sides together.  Next, line your pan with some oil, cook the dumplings until they brown on the bottom.  Add some chicken broth, cover the pan, and let cook on Medium for about 7-8 minutes.

The Taste
These were delicious.  I love Napa cabbage!  That, along with the shitake mushrooms, are what made me really want to cook this recipe.  The mushrooms provided a nice, spongy texture, and the cabbage blended so well with the ground pork, you hardly knew it was there (good for kids).

The Verdict
I will be making these again.  I just wish I had a little more time on my hands to make the dumplings look pretty like she did.  I was pissed because I couldn’t find that dumpling maker I was given.  I have no idea where the h*ll it ended up.  I made half a batch and will make the remaining dumplings tomorrow for the big game.

Why you should go to this site…
I am adding this blog to the mix.  It’s updated a few times a week, has a clean layout, and the writer definitely has personality in her writing.  There aren’t a lot of ads all over the place, and it’s just plain good.  Check it out!