Saturday, January 18, 2014

Pot Stickers

Pot Stickers
An Asian restaurant staple that you can easily make at home.
servings 36 dumplings
                                                                                    Prep time:  20 minutes
                                                                                    Cook time:  15 minutes
                                                                                    Total time:  35 minutes


2 large eggs
1/2 pound ground pork
1 slice uncooked bacon, finely chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped Napa cabbage
1/2 cup minced fresh chives (about 2 small bunches)
1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated peeled ginger
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
½ teaspoon Kosher or sea salt
1/2 teaspoon white sugar
1 clove garlic, finely grated
1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
36 round dumpling wrappers, thawed if frozen
6 tablespoons vegetable oil

create the filling:

In a large bowl, lightly beat 1 egg. Add the ground pork, bacon, cabbage, chives, ginger, sesame oil, salt, sugar, garlic, soy sauce and cornstarch; mix with your hands until the ingredients are evenly distributed and combined.

fill the wrappers:

In a separate small bowl, lightly beat together the remaining egg and 1 tablespoon of cold water.
Set 1 dumpling wrapper on a clean, dry surface (keep the rest covered with a damp paper towel so they don't dry out). Place 1 heaping teaspoonful of the pork mixture onto the center of the wrapper. Dab a finger into the egg/water mixture and run it along the edge of the wrapper damping it. Fold the wrapper in half and press the edges together to seal, then transfer to a plate. Cover with a sheet of wax paper and a damp tea towel.  Repeat with the remaining filling and wrappers until all the filling and wrappers are used up.

fry the dumplings:

Heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a large, nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Working in batches to not crowd the dumpling, add the dumplings and arrange in a single layer; cook until the bottoms start to brown, about 30 seconds.

Add 2/3 cups of cold water, cover the pan with a lid and cook 3 minutes. Uncover and cook until the water evaporates and the bottoms are crisp and golden brown, about 2 more minutes. Loosen the dumplings from the pan with a spatula and transfer to a serving plate. Add 2 more tablespoons oil to the pan between batches.


Serve accompanied by your favourite Asian dipping sauce.

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