Thursday, December 4, 2008

Hot Water Dough

Here's an easy, convenient way to use up leftovers and add some variety to your meals.

First, make some Hot Water Dough. Recipe is: 1 cup boiling water, 2 cups flour. That's it!! Dump the flour in a bowl and SLOWLT add the boiling water, stirring as it begins to stick together. The hot water releases the gluten from the flour which then begins to form into a ball. Dump the flour/water ball on a lightly floured surface and turn it into itself a few times. Let the dough rest for half an hour. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface until it is very thin. THEN, roll the circle into a log and cut the log into 1-2 inch pieces. EACH piece is then rolled flat. Mix up leftover meat, onions, spices, veggies (whatever combination you prefer) and place about a tablespoon on each circle. Gather the circle edges together and pinch closed. Now, boil the dumplings in water for a few minutes. If you want to make a dumpling soup (AKA wanton soup) cook the dumplings in a meat of veggie stock and serve in a bowl. ANYTHING used in the dumplings should be finely diced for best results. Hmmmmm, good.

I like this recipe because it requires no yeast or lard/Crisco and anything can be placed inside. Last time I made them I used leftover boiled cabbage, shredded carrot, minced onion and finely diced porksteak. Another favorite is brown rice mixed with onion, garlic, carrot, green pepper (all minced together) and a bit of soy sauce. Or how about leftover potatoes, onions and shredded cheese?

Enjoy! Treesong


Staying Alive said...

Sounds like a great eat! Now, if we only owned a rolling pin. I suppose I will end up being the one who buys it.


treesong said...

If you don't own a rolling pin here are some substitutes to consider: a piece of dowel, a water glass or a piece of PVC pipe.

Patricia said...

I don't know why the man complains about a lack of rolling pin. I use an old wine bottle...:)