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Chard Dumplings in Chive Broth

March/April 2011

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Sweet, tender leaves of early-season chard, caramelized onion and a salty bit of capicola fill these bite-size dumplings with flavor. Beet greens or kale would also work beautifully—just adjust the cooking time accordingly and add a little extra liquid if using tougher greens. This recipe makes 72 dumplings for 8 servings of soup. To save time and make the recipe for 4 servings, halve the filling amount and roll half as many dumplings.


Chard Dumplings in Chive Broth Recipe

Makes: 8 servings, about 9 dumplings & 1 cup broth each

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Ingredients

Dumplings

  • 1 bunch white chard (also called green chard), leaves and stems separated
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 2-ounce slice capicola or pancetta, finely chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 36 wonton wrappers (see Note)

Broth

  • 6 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup thinly sliced fresh chives or scallion greens
  • 8 teaspoons finely shredded Parmesan cheese (optional)

Preparation

  1. To prepare dumping filling: Finely chop enough chard leaves to measure 3 cups; set aside. Finely chop enough chard stems to measure 1/4 cup. (Reserve any remaining leaves and/or stems for another use.)
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and the chard stems and cook, stirring often, until beginning to brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Add water and cook until the liquid has evaporated, 2 to 4 minutes. Stir in capicola (or pancetta) and cook until the mixture is golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes more. Stir in garlic, lemon zest and crushed red pepper (if using) and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in wine and the reserved chard leaves and cook, stirring, until the liquid has evaporated and the mixture is somewhat dry, about 5 minutes more. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and let cool for 5 minutes. Stir in ricotta and salt.
  3. To prepare dumplings: You’ll need a clean, dry work surface, a baking sheet lightly dusted with flour and a small bowl of water. Cut the wonton wrappers in half on the diagonal. Cover them with a clean kitchen towel to prevent them from drying out. Lay 6 wrapper halves on the work surface. Spoon about 1/2 teaspoon of the filling in the middle of each. Moisten a fingertip and run it along the edges of the wrapper. Fold in half to contain the filling, forming a smaller triangle. Press the edges to seal. Pinch the 2 farthest ends together, making a tortellini-like shape. Place the dumpling on the prepared baking sheet; cover with a damp paper towel until ready to cook. Repeat with the remaining wrappers and filling.
  4. To cook & serve dumplings: Bring broth and water to a lively simmer in a Dutch oven or soup pot. Stir the liquid while carefully adding half the dumplings. Cook, stirring once or twice, for 4 minutes. Remove the dumplings with a slotted spoon and divide among 4 soup bowls. Repeat with the remaining dumplings, dividing among 4 more soup bowls as they are done. Ladle about 1 cup of the broth into each bowl. Serve immediately, sprinkled with chives (or scallion greens) and Parmesan, if using.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Prepare dumplings through Step 3, arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet (or in two layers separated by parchment paper in a smaller container), lightly dust with flour and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for up to 1 day or freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Note: Look for wonton wrappers in the refrigerated case in the produce department—usually near the tofu. For this recipe, we use square wonton wrappers, which are sometimes labeled “round wrappers” even though they are not round. Unused wrappers can be stored, tightly wrapped in plastic, in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Defrost in the refrigerator.

Nutrition

Per serving: 185 calories; 5 g fat (2 g sat, 2 g mono); 11 mg cholesterol; 24 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 8 g protein; 1 g fiber; 809 mg sodium; 304 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (21% daily value), Folate & Vitamin C (15% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 1 1/2

Exchanges: 1 1/2 starch, 1 fat



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