I think it is safe to say that a lot of people like dumplings 🥟- and more safe to say that they are too complicated and time consuming for most people to make themselves (yes, you could order them but that is besides the point). I realized I could make dumplings by dipping the protein in a thick batter instead of wrapping it.
The benefit was this was a little bit easier, however, it still required an action per small food piece. The solution to this lazy chef challenge came accidentally when I was running out of my protein (seitan in this case) and I didn’t realize, so I made a bowl of batter, and was only going to get a couple small dumpling pieces out of it. The forces of not wanting to waste food or be hungry drove me to create a dumpling pancake.
A dumpling pancake tastes just like a dumpling, but it looks like a pancake and is as easy to make and eat as one. Here is a rough outline if you want to make one:
- Prepare the protein - I use my seitan, which is naturally very savory, but if you aren’t using seitan, I would recommend marinating it in something like soy sauce and vinegar.
- Pan medium heat, add thin layer of oil
- Mix gluten free 1 to 1 baking flour (make sure it is rice based) with water in bowl (optionally add egg)
- Dump some of the protein in the bowl like you would put chocolate chips in a pancake
- Put batter in pan like pancakes (cover pan if you can) - they will need to cook a little longer than pancakes because of the rice based flour
- Decorate with something pickled (I used pickled beets), season with something savory, consume with soy sauce
I know it sounds complicated, but I don’t dedicate a lot of time in my life to food. I was able to prepare, cook, eat, and clean up this meal in less than 30 minutes. I’d love to hear from you if you try and make these.