CSA Cooking: Napa Cabbage – Grilled & Dumpling’ed9
June 24, 2013 by Meg G.
Well, folks. We sure did a lot of cooking last week. (Not that you’d know that from this little blog here.) Being presented with a weekly bundle of fresh, local, seasonal produce really kicks it up a notch! So, what DID we do with all that cabbage?
First up, the obvious: potstickers/dumplings. We had recently tried Deb’s vegetable spring potstickers and loved them. Lucky for all of us, dumplings are pretty easy to adapt and substitute. This time, we used what we had: tofu, lots of cabbage, some frozen edamame, and some fresh carrot.
What to do with the remaining half a head of cabbage? Fire up the grill of course! Who knew that grilled cabbage was a thing? I sure didn’t, until my better half stumbled on this recipe from the Kitchn that included a zingy lime cilantro sauce. Wowza – it IS zingy with a nice punch of heat! It sure jazzed up that cabbage. We also marinated some extra tofu slices in it and grilled those with fantastic results. Yum!
We’ll be getting another head of cabbage this week – this time, it’s your standard green. Let’s hope that divine inspiration strikes again! In the meantime, enjoy these darling little dumplings. Here goes!
Cabbage, Edamame, and Carrot Potstickers – inspired by Smitten Kitchen
- 2 cups Napa cabbage, shredded
- 1/2 cup frozen edamame, thawed
- 1/2 cup shredded carrot (about one medium carrot)
- 1 Tablespoon grapeseed oil
- 7 oz firm tofu (half a package), diced
- small bunch (4-5 thin) scallions, thinly slice
- 1 clove garlic
- about 1 teaspoon minced ginger
- 1/2 cup loosely packed cilantro, chopped
- 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
- dash of salt
To Assemble and Cook Potstickers:
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 cup water, divided
- about 25 dumpling wrappers (most packages contain 50)
- 1 to 2 tablespoons neutral cooking oil
Scallion dipping sauce:
- 2 to 3 scallions, thinly sliced (use some in sauce, some for garnish)
- 1/4 cup rice vinegar (we used white wine)
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
- Clean and chop/shred cabbage leaves, removing the thickest part of the stems. Thaw edamame and grate carrots.
- Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat, add a tablespoon of oil and heat. Add scallions, ginger, and garlic and cook for one minute. Add carrots and edamame, cook for about two minutes. Add cabbage and cook until slightly wilted, about another two minutes. Add tofu and cook about one minute more. Season with salt and transfer to a fine-mesh colander, allowing any excess liquid to drain. Let cool.
- Pulse the filling and cilantro a few times in a food processor or chop finely by hand. This allows the ingredients to really come together and makes it easier to stuff the dumplings. Adjust seasonings, if needed, and then mix in the sesame oil.
- Spray two baking sheets with olive oil or cooking spray. Mix cornstarch and 1/2 cup water in a small bowl. Remove a wrapper from the package and place on a plate. Cover the remaining wrappers with a damp towel or some plastic wrap to prevent them from drying out. Brush the wrapper with the water-cornstarch mix and put about 2 teaspoons of filling in the center. Fold the wrapper in half, sealing the rounded edge shut. Make a few small pleats down each side to seal in the filling. Rest the dumpling, pleats up, on prepared baking sheet and repeat with remaining filling and wrappers. You may need to re-seal some of the edges with the water-cornstarch mixture.
- Prepare the scallion dipping sauce by whisking together all the ingredients and adjusting for taste.
- Heat a large skillet (that has a lid) over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the oil and heat this too. Place as many potstickers as you can fit in a single layer and cook until browned on the bottom. This should take a minute or two. If you like crispy potstickers (like me), feel free to flip them and brown a second side for another minute. Once browned, add about 1/4 – 1/2 cup of water and cover immediately. Let steam for about 2 or 3 more minutes, remove the cover, and let the rest of the water evaporate.
- Transfer to serving plate, garnish with scallions, and serve with individual bowls of dipping sauce.
These were delicious! Something about the cilantro-ginger-cabbage-edamame-carrot combination just did me in.
When we made Deb’s version, we wound up with 50 dumplings and leftover filling. This time, the cabbage really shrunk in size when it was cooked, so the recipe only made about 25. If you double the filling, you can easily freeze these for later. Just leave them on the baking sheets and pop into the freezer. Once frozen, put the dumplings in a freezer bag. No need to defrost – just pan fry for up to 5 minutes and steam for up to 4 minutes.
We’re going to be up to ears in greens again next week. What’s your favorite way to prepare cabbage, kale, or chard?
Yum! These look delicious, and just the thing for using up leftover wonton wrappers. Josh and I like making kale chips for snacking on, or making a big kale and chard salad.
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Abby! Thanks for checking us out. Kale chips are delish, but definitely best right out of the oven. What do you usually season them with?
Meg, I think I’m going to spend this summer’s CSA just following your blog and eating whatever you guys eat…one day later!
I made a variation of these dumplings last night and they were delicious. Mine were more of egg rolls, because I bought the larger size dumpling wrapper, and I substituted shredded chicken for the tofu (I need to try to get into tofu…haven’t gotten there yet). But, with some of yesterday’s sugar snap peas as a side these were a delightful summer meal.
Thanks for the idea!
Helene! So glad the dumplings were a hit. I have to say, the tofu essentially disappears in these, so they’d be a good way to try it. I’m sure you have some other good ideas up your sleeve – cant wait to hear about them!
YUM! I love making potstickers but my folding abilities make for awful photos.
Yes the folding takes a bit of practice. I think I watched a video or two before I gave it a try the first time. What’s your favorite potsticker filling?
Usually some sort of tofu and veggie concoction. I did make them with cabbage last fall and might again if we continue to have napa available from the csa
So, people in Hawaii use cabbage with a white sauce (so it’s kinda similar to cole slaw) and put it on fish tacos. You could easily do tofu tacos instead. Anyway, it’s super yummy – even though I’m not a huge fan of cole slaw!
Yum! I think we stumbled on a fish taco recipe that used cabbage and it looked pretty tasty. Love that it’s a Hawaiian staple. Thanks for sharing, Colleen!