Brain Dumplings with Kimchi-Chile Sauce

Brain Dumplings with Kimchi-Chile Sauce imageRecipe

Photo: Greg Dupree; Prop Styling: Blakeslee Giles

Take your Halloween eats to the next level with these Jekyll and Hyde-inspired dumplings. Make ahead of time and freeze for a stress-free, yet totally spooky, spread.

Serves 6 (serving size: 3 dumplings each)


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3/4 pound ground pork
2 teaspoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon garlic chile sauce (Sambal Oelek)
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1 teaspoon lime zest
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1 teaspoon sugar
1 large egg, lightly beaten
18 round gyoza skins
a small amount of cooking spray
a few whole Napa cabbage leaves or lettuce leaves
Kimchi-Chile Sauce
1 cup store bought kimchi
2 tablespoons garlic chile sauce (Sambal Oelek)
2 teaspoons dark sesame oil
2 teaspoons rice vinegar
2 teaspoons lime juice
2 tablespoons water


Active: 35 Minutes
Total: 45 Minutes

For Dumplings:

  1. Combine pork, soy sauce, 1/2 teaspoon garlic chile sauce and next 7 ingredients in a medium size mixing bowl. Stir gently until well mixed.

  2. Working with 1 gyoza skin at a time (cover remaining skins to prevent drying), place skin on a work surface, starchy side up. Moisten edge of skin with water. Spoon 2 rounded teaspoon pork mixture into center of skin. Fold wrapper in half, pressing well to seal edge. Lightly moisten one edge of wrapper; pleat edge, pressing to seal pleats. Place on a baking sheet lined with plastic wrap coated with cooking spray. Cover with a damp towel or paper towels to prevent drying. Repeat procedure with the remaining gyoza skins and filling.

  3. Line each tier of a 2-tiered bamboo steamer with cabbage or lettuce leaves. Arrange 9 dumplings, 1 inch apart, over leaves in each basket. Stack tiers; cover with steamer lid. Add water to a skillet to a depth of 1 inch; bring to a boil. Place steamer in pan; steam dumplings 8 minutes or until done. Discard leaves. Serve dumplings tossed with Kimchi-Chile Sauce, then stack into tiny bowls, jars or plates to look like brains.  

For Kimchi-Chile sauce:

  1. Process all ingredients in a food processor till chunky-smooth. Serve immediately.

Created date

October 2016