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7 dumpling recipes including wontons, pierogi and ravioli

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There are many controversial debates in the food world: how to cut a grilled cheese, whether a hot dog is a sandwich, and so on. But the one that piques my interest is this: what is a dumpling? When I think of the word my mind jumps to dim sum. It conjures up visions of steaming baskets filled with xiao long bao and shrimp shumai. But really, what’s the big difference between wontons and pierogi, aside from a few ingredients? I would argue that any food with a filling completely covered by dough can be considered a dumpling. Does this mean pizza sandwiches belong to the club? I think so!

Regardless of whether you agree with my argument, I think you’ll agree that stuffed foods are among the tastiest out there. From empanadas to ravioli, there’s a dough-and-fill combination for everyone. Here are our favorites from the Recipe Finder.

Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli, above. Don’t pull out the pasta machine just yet—these ravioli use wonton wrappers to wrap spinach and ricotta pillows. Hints of nutmeg and sage make this a wonderfully warming meal for fall and winter.

Empanadas with pork and green beans. These empanadas from Chef Stephanie Izard are umami flavor bombs, thanks to the unconventional additions of anchovies and Parmesan. Using frozen pie dough is also a great, low-lift strategy for reducing active cooking time.

Ukrainian Pierogi. Variations of dumplings filled with potato, cheese and more can be found all over Eastern Europe. This iteration comes from Ukraine, where they are also known as vareniki. Serve them freshly cooked, fried in oil or mixed with butter and onion. But whatever you do, make sure to add a big dollop of sour cream.

Mushroom dumplings. Get homemade dumplings in less than an hour with this pantry-friendly dish. Canned mushrooms add meatiness and umami, while store-bought dumpling wraps are a handy shortcut.

Aushak (Afghan Leek Dumplings With Yogurt And Meat Sauce). Instead of a filling, the savory, meaty mixture in this Afghan dumpling recipe serves as a sauce. The dumplings are instead stuffed with leeks, slow-cooked with just salt and pepper. Yogurt sauce rounds out the dish and adds a delicious flavor.

Beginners Baked Bao With Pulled Pork. When food writer and cookbook author Andrea Nguyen tried to whip up frozen puff pastry, she realized it was a great substitute for homemade bao dough. These provide a delicate balance between sweet and savory.

Tortellini Vegetable Soup. While we wish we had the time to make tortellini from scratch on an old weeknight, sometimes we need a little help. This soup uses store-bought tortellini floating in a golden broth filled with a healthy blend of celery, carrot, zucchini, and tomato.

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