Chorizo Breakfast Dumplings

"This recipe came about because I wanted to combine things I had made previously into a simple dish. Refer to my chorizo and corn salsa recipes for those components."
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  • Cook chorizo until just barely done: the sausage will continue to cook when the dumplings are steamed. Remove the sausage and place on a paper towel to soak up the grease, but save the drippings in the pan.
  • Cook egg whites, salsa, and cheese in a the pan coated with cooking spray until egg whites turn opaque, about one minuite. Add the chorizo to the pan and stir until everything is combined, then remove from pan and allow to cool.
  • Lay a few wonton wrappers out on a plate or cutting board and brush the perimeter of each with water. Put about one teaspoon of the mixture from step 2 in the middle of each wrapper. Fold over one corner to meet the opposite corner, creating a triangle shape. Fold in all the points of the triangle toward the middle to form the dumpling. Repeat until you have enough dumplings to fill a steamer without letting any dumplings touch.
  • If using a standard steamer, place a sheet of parchment paper over the holes in the steamer and wet with water to stick. Fill the steamer with dumplings, ensuring none touch. Steam for about 10 minutes.
  • While the first batch of dumplings are steaming, form the remaining dumplings.
  • When the first batch of dumplings are done steaming, reheat the pan with the drippings to medium heat. Cook dumplings in the pan to crisp both sides, 1-2 minutes per side.
  • Repeat steps 4-6 until all dumplings are steamed and pan cooked.
  • Serve with sour cream or eat in your car on the way to work (which I did when I first made these).

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I have two teenagers who keep things very busy around our house during the daytime. I also work long hours at Ford Motor Company, and I do want to spend time with my family every day. If I try to cook when my kids have their friends over, I'm certain to be interrupted. In other words, my available times for cooking are very limited. I don't want to give up on anything I love - my family, my job, my cooking - so I do most of my cooking after everyone has gone to bed. My wife is a teacher, so this can be very late at night during the summer. Sometimes, I don't get started with my prep work until 12:30 a.m. Am I crazy?? Maybe. I'm also constantly working on healthier ways to prepare food. I deconstruct every recipe I like, and try to make it with healthier ingredients. The big challenge is keeping the food tasty. I believe it's possible to enjoy what you eat and still be healthy. I lost 15 pounds in 6 months largely by preparing my own food (and exercising). If I didn't keep such loony hours, I'd call myself "The Healthy Gourmet".
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