Easy to assemble and so easy to eat, crispy baked pea dumplings are a healthy and delicious appetizer or snack.
There’s a kinda big game going on tonight and there’s this team, U of M — they’re playing in it.
But this presents a little problem. You see, I attended a different Michigan school.
Some might say my blood runs GREEN.
(Truthfully, I kind of couldn’t care less. BUT I do like cheering for the opposite team of my dad and in-laws. Keeps things fun and interesting. Because I’m a little stinker smart-aleck 90% of the time.)
I figured it was only right that I create a green little appetizer for the game, right? These pea dumplings are fun, playful and taste great. They might even get the pickiest eater in your family to chow down peas.
About Baked Pea Dumplings
These dumplings are easy to make. I use pre-made wonton wrappers which are inexpensive and widely available. Look in the refrigerated section of the grocery store, usually in the produce department.
Good-for-you frozen green peas (thawed) make up the filling, along with Parmesan cheese, basil, and black pepper. Use your food processor to pulverize the filling mixture so it resembles coarse crumbs. Green peas have so much sweet goodness. I always have a bag of peas in my freezer. I love creamy pea crostini with pancetta. It’s one of my favorite appetizers.
To assemble the dumplings, simply place a spoonful of filling on one half of the wonton wrapper. Dip your finger in a bowl of water and run it along the edges of the wrapper. Fold it over, making a triangle, and seal the edges,
Place the assembled dumplings on a baking pan. Brush them with olive oil and bake them until they’re brown and crispy. So easy and so good! And because they’re baked and not fried, they are low in calories. A serving of three dumplings is less than 150 calories!
Pea dumplings make a great appetizer or side dish. I like them for lunch — they’re perfect with a bowl of soup. The dumplings taste great hot but are also good at room temp. If you have fresh basil, by all means, use it instead of the dry basil.
Go green! I mean…blue? Hmm…no.
- 1 cup green peas, thawed if frozen
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- ½ teaspoon dried basil
- pepper to taste
- 18-20 wonton wrappers
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- In a food processor, combine peas, cheese, basil, pepper and blend until combined (looks like coarse sand).
- Spoon approximately one teaspoon onto the center of a wonton wrapper. Using your fingertip, wet the edges of the wonton wrapper and fold over to form a triangle, pressing edges to seal.
- Place on a sheet pan and brush with olive oil. Repeat until all the filling is used up.
- Bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown.
This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily from the USDA Food Composition Database, whenever available, or otherwise other online calculators.
Husband’s take: He likes them, but did pick some of the filling out. Kind of weird for him, I guess. Or maybe it was team loyalty.
Changes I would make: None.