Double Cooked Pork Dumplings with Cheese & Creme Fraiche Blanket

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Ultimate comfort food alert! Not for the faint-hearted, these Double Cooked Pork Dumplings are fried in oil to crisp up, then covered with a blanket of creme fraiche and cheese and then baked until the cheese melts, starts to bubble and brown! Tasty, filling and full of guilt, this dumpling bake is the best plate of food when you simply need to forget the calories and enjoy some ‘fried food with cheese’!

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Over the last couple of weeks, I have been sharing my favourite childhood recipes. Things that my family enjoyed at home for dinner, some cakes that were always present when celebrating special occasions and my absolute favourite cold beetroot soup recipe. Today’s recipe is different for two reasons:

  1. It is not for the faint-hearted. It is calorific, it is filling and it is the ULTIMATE unhealthy comfort food that simply makes you feel so good for all the bad reasons. There’s no way I can sugar-coat it. It is one of those dishes that you keep on going back to, although you know you shouldn’t.
  2. We never ever made this at home ourselves when I was growing up. It was one of the signature dishes in a restaurant chain that was extremely popular when I was a child. And whilst the restaurant specialised in pizza, I almost always ordered their fried dumplings with ham, cheese and creme fraiche. And now, I’ve recreated the dish it in my kitchen.

Seb is a big fan of the dish too. Again, in a very masochistic way – he orders it every time we go to Lithuania and visit the restaurant and then when we’re back home, he calls it ‘the dish that shortens your lifespan’ :)) So to balance things out, I served these double-cooked dumplings with a very large bowl of salad on the side. This way we could have the best of the two worlds – the healthy and the junk!

Making the dumplings from scratch may seem like a daunting task, but it is actually very quick and easy. If you ever made your own pasta, we can tell you it’s much easier in comparison. You don’t need a pasta machine as the dough can be rolled out a bit thicker, the dough itself is a lot more pliable and easier to handle, and since your dumplings will be covered with a cheese blanket, you really don’t need to worry about uniformity!

Ready? Let’s cook!


How to Make Double Cooked Dumplings with a Cheese & Creme Fraiche Blanket?

To make the dough, place plain flour on a kitchen surface and make a well in the middle. Pour in the water and crack an egg in the middle. Then using your fingers, start pinching the flour and water together. Once the dough starts to come together, start kneading. If your dough is too wet, add some more flour, if it’s too dry, add a drop of water. Knead for approx 5 minutes, then cover with cling film (we love Kirkland Signature Clingfilm – it is strong and easy to use) and leave to rest at room temperature for 30min-1 hour.

In the meantime, make the filling. Add a tsp of butter or oil to a small frying pan. Sautee the chopped onions just until starting to soften and turning translucent but don’t let them brown. Leave them in the pan to cool down.

Add the cooled onions, garlic powder and some seasoning to your pork mince and mix.

Once the dough has rested, using a rolling pin, roll the dough out into a thin (approx. 3mm) sheet. Use flour deliberately to dust the surface, to ensure your dough doesn’t stick.

Using a cookie cutter or a thin rim of a wine glass (approx 6 cm in diameter), cut circles out of your dough. Place a tsp of pork mix in the centre of each dough circle. Then fold the dough over to form a half-circle and press down to seal in the filling. Draw the two bottom corners of the half-circle and press them together. Place the dumplings on a well-floured board as you go.

Heat the oil in a large wide-based pan. Carefully drop the dumpling into the hot oil. Fry on low-medium heat for approx 7-10 minutes, turning them often until they are lovely golden brown and crisp. If unsure, cut one of the dumplings open to check that the filling is cooked through. Preheat the oven to 180 C Fan.

Using a slotted spoon, lift the dumplings out onto a plate lined with some kitchen towel to absorb any excess oil. Then transfer the dumplings into an ovenproof dish or individual pie dishes. Spread the sour cream (or creme fraiche) on top, scatter the ham and grated cheese. Place the dish in the oven for approx 7-10 minutes until the cheese melts and starts to brown. Sprinkle some fresh dill on top just before serving.


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Pork Dumplings

Double Cooked Pork Dumplings with Cheese & Creme Fraiche Blanket

Ultimate comfort food alert! Not for the faint-hearted, these Double Cooked Pork Dumplings are fried in oil to crisp up, then covered with a blanket of ham, creme fraiche and cheese and then baked until the cheese melts, starts to bubble and brown! Tasty, filling and full of guilt, this dumpling bake is the best plate of food when you simply need to forget the calories and enjoy some 'fried food with cheese'!
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Resting Time: 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Lithuanian
Servings 4 portions
Calories 740 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

For the Dough:

  • 320 g plain flour
  • 1 egg large
  • 120 ml water

For Pork Filling:

  • 300 g pork mince
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • ¼ tsp garlic power
  • 300 ml vegetable, sunflower or rapeseed oil for frying

For the Topping:

  • 60 g cooked ham cut into small thin pieces
  • 200 ml creme fraiche or sour cream
  • 150 g Emmental, young Gouda or mild Cheddar coarsely grated
  • 2 tbsp fresh dill finely chopped

Instructions
 

  • To make the dough, place plain flour on a kitchen surface and make a well in the middle. Pour in the water and crack an egg in the middle. Then using your fingers, start pinching the flour and water together. Once the dough starts to come together, start kneading. If your dough is too wet, add some more flour, if it's too dry, add a drop of water. Knead for approx 5 minutes, then cover and leave to rest at room temperature for 30min-1 hour.
  • In the meantime, make the filling. Add a tsp of butter or oil to a small frying pan. Sautee the chopped onions just until starting to soften and turning translucent but don't let them brown. Leave them in the pan to cool down.
  • Add the cooled onions, garlic powder and some seasoning to your pork mince and mix.
  • Once the dough has rested, using a rolling pin, roll the dough out into a thin (approx. 3mm) sheet. Use flour deliberately to dust the surface, to ensure your dough doesn't stick.
  • Using a cookie cutter or a thin rim of a wine glass (approx 6 cm in diameter), cut circles out of your dough. Place a tsp of pork mix in the centre of each dough circle. Then fold the dough over to form a half-circle and press down to seal in the filling. Draw the two bottom corners of the half-circle and press them together. Place the dumplings on a well-floured board and transfer them to the fridge for 30 minutes to firm up.
  • Heat the oil in a large wide-based pan. Carefully drop the dumpling into the hot oil. Fry on low-medium heat for approx 7-10 minutes, turning them often until they are lovely golden brown and crisp. If unsure, cut one of the dumplings open to check that the filling is cooked through. Preheat the oven to 180° C Fan.
  • Using a slotted spoon, lift the dumplings out onto a plate lined with some kitchen towel to absorb any excess oil. Then transfer the dumplings into an ovenproof dish or individual pie dishes. Spread the sour cream (or creme fraiche) on top, scatter the ham and grated cheese. Place the dish in the oven for approx 15 minutes until the cheese melts and starts to brown. Sprinkle some fresh dill on top just before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 740kcalCarbohydrates: 68gProtein: 37gFat: 34gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 166mgSodium: 578mgPotassium: 551mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 456IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 370mgIron: 5mg
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