Over the weekend, we got together with all of our cousins on my husband's side and made pork dumplings. It is an annual family tradition that we started doing. The recipe is from my husband's grandma and it is perfect for a group activity because if you want to make traditional Chinese dumplings, it takes a lot of manual labor. There were about 8 people working constantly for 5 to 6 hours to make 500 dumplings. I'm not going to share the recipe today because it's one of those recipes that you add a little bit of this and a little bit of that in there and I didn't keep track of the measurements. Sorry!
However, I will share a secret to making them. You have to churn the ground pork with chopsticks to tenderize the meat properly. We grabbed 5 or 6 wooden chopsticks and held them together with a rubber band and the guys (you need major arm strength), churned the meat for about a good hour 'til the pork looked like tuna fish and thickens.
Wrapping the dumplings... try doing this 100 times! It's better with a glass of wine and good company. =)
You can eat the dumplings steamed or fried. We did both. Totally delicious either way.