Can I Make "French Onion Soup Dumplings"?
Updated: Jan 21
This French Onion soup dumpling recipe looked like a fun way to cook and eat French Onion soup! I actually made a bunch of these dumpling recipes from this one Tastemade YouTube video; they were so cute (see links for Giant Soup Dumpling and Rose Dumplings).
Thursday December 11, 2019 / Friday, December 12, 2019, Attempt #1:
It doesn't take 2 whole days. It's actually really easy and there isn't much active work, but you have to make your soup dumpling part -- which means putting some soup in the freezer and making little ice cubes for your filling.
I only used 4 ingredients! In the video, they make their onion soup from scratch, I just used Campbell's Onion soup and mixed it with some water. I didn't even cook the soup because it was going in the freezer.
Unlike the soup dumplings I have made, this one doesn't even require gelatin.
The basic steps are:
1.) Make onion soup.
2.) Put it in an ice cube tray and the freezer overnight.
3.) The next day or whenever, get a wonton wrap / egg roll wrap and put your soup ice cube and then you fry it golden on the bottom.
4.) Put it in a ramekin or oven-safe bowl / tray
5.) Top it with cheese (gruyere classically or other melt-y cheese)
6.) Broil it in the oven.
What I used:
- Campbell's French Onion soup
- Egg roll wraps
- They didn't have the smaller wonton wraps at the store when I went there; it worked out well. I will explain below.
- Gruyere cheese
- Oil (for frying)
Equipment: Ice cube tray, bowl, freezer, stove
I was planning to eat it for lunch the next day. The night before, I mixed the Campbell's soup with some water as on the can. I did in a measuring cup because it was easier to pour into the ice cube tray. I put it in the freezer.
Note: If you are making just a couple of portions, you will have a lot more onion soup Ice cubes than you need. I just took out what I needed and then put them in a Ziploc bag and back in the freezer to use to make as onion soup in the future or to use as stock or for sauces in the future. Also, you do not need to do this the next day, you can do it whenever you feel like it because they can sit in the freezer. They are just ice cubes.
The next day, I took out the soup ice cubes, egg roll wraps. In the video, they fry their small wonton-size dumplings before putting them under the broiler. My soup ice cubes were bigger than in the video and would not have fit in a wonton wrap. Luckily I had bigger egg roll wraps, so I just put 2 in there, wrapped it up and fried it to try to crisp up the bottom.
I had trouble frying it without the soup melting. I would skip this step and just wrap the the soup ice cubes into an egg roll wrap and put it in your ramekin as in the picture on the left. When the soup ice cube melts in the oven, it will cook the egg roll wrap and be like a noodle.
I put some gruyere cheese on top and put it in the broiler under high. I broiled it for 7-10 min.
RESULT: Success! :)
We are good at this! How fun is that? The top is crispy and then you have soup and cheesiness. If you want additional crispies, then you can fry up some egg roll or wonton scraps as I did in the last picture below.
This is the same or may actually lower calories than traditional French onion soup. Even if you use a bigger egg roll wrap that is only 80 calories vs. a piece of bread.
There isn't that much active work or cooking. And actually it can be even faster than what I did, as I mentioned above, I had trouble frying the dumpling without the soup melting. I would skip this step and just wrap the the soup ice cubes into an egg roll wrap and put it in your ramekin as in the picture on the left. When the soup ice cube melts in the oven, it will cook the egg roll wrap and be like a noodle.
It's super fun. Give it a try! We are good at this!