Where Italy And China Meet.... Dumpling Ravioli

12:54 PM While enjoying this beautiful summer right now (more or less...), we are also experiencing a lot of rain here lately. I don't know what it is, but as soon as it rains for more than two days, I feel like I have to treat myself with something warm and comforting!

On this blog, I found a great recipe that I knew was just perfect for my soothing moment. I wanted to treat myself and feel cosy while watching the raindrops running down my window. Dumplings! Dumplings for the win!
But not your usual dumplings —

 We take it one step further and move from China to Italy. Is this the best relationship ever?

Well, the day my dumplings met a rich tomato sauce and plenty of Parmesan cheese, I couldn't be any happier. This is one of the best food fusions you will ever have: dumpling ravioli or ravioli dumplings, I don't know which sounds better, but ohhh god, it tastes sooo so good!


YOU NEED  400 ml can of tomato purée + olive oil + 1 garlic clove, thinly shaved + leaves from 2 fresh thyme sprigs + pinch of chile flakes + 2 1/2 teaspoons fish sauce + 1 teaspoon light brown sugar + 12 pork freezer dumplings of your choice, unthawed + 1 tablespoon heavy cream + grated Parmesan cheese, for serving

1. In a small pot over medium-high heat, combine the olive oil, garlic, thyme, and chile flakes and simmer, stirring, until the edges of the garlic just start to barely brown. 
2. Add the pureed tomatoes, fish sauce, and brown sugar and cook for 5 minutes, until reduced 
3. Add the dumplings, turn the heat to medium, and cook, maintaining a gentle simmer and stirring frequently to keep the dumplings from sticking to the pan, until the sauce has reduced to a thick tomato sauce consistency.
4. Stir in the cream, then serve with lots of Parmesan and dashes of extra-virgin olive oil.

Eating this freshly out of the pot may sound like a dream to you, but believe me that precooking this one day earlier is actually the best!! Let the dumplings soak in all of the sauce!
And don't forget some fresh Parmesan, because we want to enjoy ALL the flavors!

Who would have thought that dumplings are so versitile? Dumplings are the perfect substitute for OG Italian ravioli and they will definitely change the way you see "boring noodle dishes".
Are you ready for this comforting exploration that will make your whole body happy and beyond satisfied?
I will stop now, because I am getting hungry again.

*Boys and girls, write down the new vocabulary you have learned today: Teigtasche, but also Kloß (depending on the cuisine) — dumpling.