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My go-to cravings are always Asian cuisine, and I’ve noticed that vegetarian dumplings are not so easy to find. It was an absolute pleasure to finally make my own vegetarian dumplings stuffed with a slightly sweet Asian style cauliflower filling – all thanks to the new P.F. Chang’s® Home Menu sauce flavor; Mongolian Style BBQ Sauce. The best part? This sauce does all of the work for me.
It’s a serious all-in-one flavor package; all the tang and sweetness that we love about BBQ sauce is beautifully blended with tastes of quintessential Asian sauces. The uniqueness of the sauce is what takes this simple blanched and sauteed cauliflower filling to the next level. I don’t want to brag, but these dumplings are a triple threat! Beautiful to look at, delicious, and absolutely healthy – they’re steamed instead of shallow-fried!
There are unlimited appetizer/dinner options to try with P.F. Chang’s® Home Menu sauces, especially since there are so many different flavors. Some of my personal favorites other than this recipe are Asian style turkey tacos (the ground turkey is marinated with the sesame flavor), lentil “meat”balls with the kung pao dipping sauce, and tempeh & broccoli stir fry tossed with the teriyaki sauce. Click here for more ideas on how to use P.F. Chang’s® Home Menu Sauces!
The Asian food aisle at your local Walmart has all these delicious flavors of P.F. Chang’s® Home Menu Sauces! My personal favorites are (of course) Mongolian BBQ, Kung Pao, and Sesame (see ideas for quick dinners/apps with these sauces above)!
Never folded dumplings? Here’s a great video that shows you a step by step on how to pleat the wrappers (start at 2:22)!
Quick Tip: When working with store-bought dumpling wrappers like I did, keep the wrappers that you’re not working with under a damp, clean tea towel to keep them from drying out.
Benefits of Cauliflower
High levels of Vitamins (Vitamin K and Vitamin C)
Perfect for Vegetarians and Vegan diets
High in Fiber
Low in Calories
Low Carb Alternative
Delicious and healthy Steamed Cauliflower dumplings are vegetarian and so flavorful!
- 1/2 a head of cauliflower, cut into florets
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- 2 shallots, finely diced
- 1/4 cup of P.F. Chang's® Home Menu Sauces (Mongolian Style BBQ Sauce)
- 40 wonton/dumpling wrappers, cut into circles
- Boil water in a large pot and blanch the cauliflower florets for 2-3 minutes. Drain the water and submerge the blanched cauliflower in cold water.
- Drain the cold water and chop the cauliflower into very fine pieces, and set aside.
- In a saucepan, heat the olive oil and saute the garlic and shallots until the shallots are translucent. Add in the cauliflower pieces. Saute until the cauliflower pieces are soft. Add in salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper. Pour in the sauce and mix thoroughly.
- Simmer until the sauce has evaporated.
- Let the mixture cool. Spoon a teaspoon of the filling into the center of each dumpling wrapper and pleat the wrapper and press to seal.
- Steam the dumplings 5-10 at a time (depending on the size of your steamer) in a bamboo steamer until the wrappers have a slightly "gummy" texture (this takes me about 7-8 minutes).