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Quick Fix | Deep-fried Scallion-Cheese Dumplings

Cream cheese -- or any cheese for that matter -- is not an ingredient that figures prominently in Asian cuisines.  But it does make a mighty tasty filling for dumplings, and the smooth melted cheese texture pairs perfectly with the deep-fried crispy wrapper. This makes a very yummy appetizer.


4 oz. plain cream cheese
3 stalks scallions, chopped
1 package dumpling wrappers, or 40 home-made wrappers
20 minutes

serves makes 8-10 dumplings, enough to serve 4 as an appetizer

1. Combine the scallions with the cream cheese, stirring to mix well.
2. Drop a small portion of filling into the center of a wrapper. Fold in half and pinch at the center, then bring the two open edges up to the center to seal the dumpling. Continue until you've used up all the filling. (Check out the step-by-step illustrated guide to folding technique.)
3. Heat 2 cups oil in a wok on medium-high heat. When the oil is sizzling hot (test this by dropping a pinch of flour into the oil), add 2-3 dumplings. 
4. When the dumplings are nicely browned, remove and drain on paper towels. Serve on a bed of lettuce or cabbage.


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