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« on: May 07, 2009 06:32:15 PM »

I was at my Armenian friend's house a while back, and I had some of the most delicious dumplings (mante) ever. After ages of bugging him to give me the recipe, I finally gave up and found one online:

1lb ground beef (you can substitute ground pork or lamb, I just happen to prefer beef)
1cup finely diced onion (about half a medium)
1/2cup chopped flat-leaf parsley (I was adventurous and used curly-leaf; I find it easier to chop into tiny bits)
1/2tsp salt
1/4tsp pepper
1/8tsp allspice

Knead all the ingredients together in a bowl (you could use a spoon, I guess?).

Now, because I didn't feel like spending ANOTHER half hour in the kitchen, I cheated and used wonton wrappers for the dough. Take your stack of wrappers, cut them in half, then halve again (I used all but two wrappers making mine); put a tiny bit of meat in the centre of each, then pinch them up into little boat shapes. They should look a-something like this:


Put the folded mante on a big rimmed baking sheet that has been well-greased with butter/margarine/shortening. When your tray is full, bake them at 400F for 18-20min, wherein they should look like this:


Delicious!
According to my friend, they are super tasty with yogurt and a sprinkling of paprika; the wonton wrapper crisped nicely, so I just popped mine like candy. Beefy beefy candy.
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**I forgot to mention: If you want to make these, they are super delicious and you will not regret it. Just make sure you have patience. That is a pan of over 200 mante.
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« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2009 06:33:59 PM »

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.......beefy candy...mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!
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« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2009 07:01:28 PM »

You are making my stomach growl!  These look lovely!
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« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2009 07:32:19 PM »

Awesome! What did the original recipe call for dough-wise? I wonder if I could put my nephews to work assembling these, sweat shop style....
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« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2009 10:34:51 PM »

Lolz, beefy candy.

mmmmm

hungry...

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« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2009 10:44:05 PM »

Thanks for the awesome feedback, everyone; it's almost as satisfying as the crunch of the wonton wrappers... Tongue

Awesome! What did the original recipe call for dough-wise?

For the dough:
2cups all-purpose flour (plus a bit more for rolling it out)
1tsp salt
1 large egg
1/2cup water (to start out with; you might need a little bit more)

Sift together the flour and salt; make a well in the middle and place the egg and 1/2c water inside. Work the dough with your hands (or with a wooden spoon, if you really want, but I've always found dough is much more satisfying if hand-worked Smiley) until smooth and elastic, ~10min. (If it's too dry, this is where you'll need the extra water -- add a Tbsp at a time). Cover the dough with a towel and let rest for 1h.
Divide the dough into 4 pieces (work with one at a time, and leave the other pieces covered); roll out the piece to 1/16in thick, and cut into 1-1/2in squares.
Et voila!

In terms of your sweat-shop idea, I found it best to cut only enough squares as would fit on my cutting board (if you leave the wrappers out for too long they dry out), put the meat in them, wrap, and repeat. Just a friendly tip  Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2009 07:29:35 AM »

oh cool tip! So you didn't need to put anything on the edges of the won ton wrappers? They sealed ok? Im thinking this would be great munchies for a party!
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« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2009 12:30:40 PM »

These look great!  And I love the pics with all of the tiny dumplings in perfect little rows. 
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« Reply #8 on: May 11, 2009 03:40:35 AM »

I love mantı!  Do Armenians serve them with yogurt?  That's the way the dumplings are served here in Turkey and they are sooooooooo good.  I just don't have the patience to make them myself Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2009 08:27:30 AM »

Oh my goodness SO MANY DUMPLING! Good for you for being so patient. I bet they're delicious.
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