Snackin’ With Sarah Sellers: ‘Idol’ Season 13 Night 2 Viewing Nosh
Diehard "American Idol" viewers will likely remember Sarah Sellers as the geek-chic food blogger who made it to Hollywood Week in Season 10, after impressing then-judge Steven Tyler with her full, rather Tyler-esque lips and impressing Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson with her lovely voice. (Watch her audition here.) Since leaving "Idol" prematurely, Sarah has been whipping up snack suggestions for "Idol" viewing parties and posting them here exclusively in Reality Rocks, and she's back to get your mouth watering for this week two-night premiere of Season 13.
Tonight Idol heads to the Bay, so Sarah had whipped up a real San Francisco treat. "I love San Francisco, especially the amazing Asian cuisine, so I decided to make one of my favorite dumpling recipes for tonight's recipe," she explains.
- 2 tablespoons cilantro
- 1/2 pound large shrimp, shelled and deveined
- 1 large egg white
- 1 1/2 teaspoons chile oil, or 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil mixed with a pinch of cayenne
- 1 1/2 teaspoons sesame oil
- 2 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce
- 1 medium carrot, grated
- 3/4 cup finely chopped (about 2 ounces) Napa cabbage
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
- 2 small scallions, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon minced (about 1 small) shallot
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 package 3-inch round Chinese dumpling wrappers
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon rice-wine vinegar
- 1 scallion, sliced
Finely chop 1 tablespoon cilantro leaves. Set aside. Coarsely chop half of the shrimp by hand, and set aside.
In the bowl of a food processor, combine remaining shrimp, egg white, chile oil, sesame oil, and soy sauce. Puree into a smooth paste. Transfer to a medium bowl, add chopped cilantro, reserved chopped shrimp, carrot, cabbage, ginger, scallions, shallots, salt, and pepper, and mix well.
Place 1 teaspoon of filling toward the front of a dumpling wrapper. There are two methods of sealing dumplings. Pleating one edge of the wrapper gives the dumpling its distinctive curved shape and allows it to stand upright in the pan. Do this by moistening edges with water using your finger. Bring the edges together, forming a taco shape, and pinch them together only in the top center to seal. Pinch 6 small pleats (3 on either side of the sealed center point) along one thickness only of the wrapper. Seal dumpling by pressing pleated and unpleated edges tightly together, enclosing filling. Alternatively, moisten wrapper edges with water, fold in half into a crescent shape around the filling, and pinch edges tightly closed. While forming dumplings, keep remaining wrappers covered with plastic wrap. Place filled dumplings on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and cover with plastic wrap.