Monday, June 16, 2008

Pot Stickers

Justin loves pot stickers so I thought it would be fun to give them a try. Pot stickers are won-ton noodles that have been filled with ground meat and vegetables, then fried, steamed and simmered.

I decided to go ahead and double the recipe since I wanted to freeze a batch so it took a really long time to fill all of the little noodle wrappers. They were still very easy to make and quite tasty!

Pork and Cabbage Dumplings with Dipping Sauce
Adapted from Cook’s Illustrated

3 cups minced napa cabbage leaves (about 1/2 medium head)
3/4 tsp. salt
3/4 lb. ground pork
4 minced scallions (about 6 tablespoons)
2 egg whites, lightly beaten
4 tsp. low-sodium soy sauce
1 1/2 tsp. minced or grated fresh ginger
1 medium garlic clove , minced or pressed through a garlic press (about 1 teaspoon)
1/8 tsp. ground black pepper

24 round gyoza wrappers (see note)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup water , plus extra for brushing

1. For the filling: Toss cabbage with the salt in colander set over a bowl and let stand until cabbage begins to wilt, about 20 minutes. Press the cabbage gently with rubber spatula to squeeze out any excess moisture, the transfer to a medium bowl. Add the remaining filling ingredients and mix thoroughly to combine. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until mixture is cold, at least 30 minutes or up to 24 hours.

2. For the dumplings: Working with 4 wrappers at a time (keep the remaining wrappers covered with plastic wrap). Fill, seal, and shape the dumplings using a generous 1 teaspoon of the chilled filling per dumpling. Transfer the dumplings to a baking sheet and repeat with the remaining wrappers and filling; you should have about 24 dumplings. (The dumplings can be wrapped tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerated for up to 1 day, or frozen for up to 1 month. Once frozen, the dumplings can be transferred to a zipper-lock bag to save space in the freezer; do not thaw before cooking.)

3. Line a large plate with a double layer of paper towels; set aside. Brush 1 tablespoon of the oil over the bottom of a 12-inch nonstick skillet and arrange half of the dumplings in the skillet, with a flat side facing down (overlapping just slightly if necessary). Place the skillet over medium-high heat and cook the dumplings, without moving, until golden brown on the bottom, about 5 minutes.

4. Reduce the heat to low, add 1⁄2 cup of the water, and cover immediately. Continue to cook, covered, until most of the water is absorbed and the wrappers are slightly translucent, about 10 minutes. Uncover the skillet, increase the heat to medium-high, and continue to cook, without stirring, until the dumpling bottoms are well browned and crisp, 3 to 4 minutes more. Slide the dumplings onto the paper towel-lined plate, browned side facing down, and let drain briefly. Transfer the dumplings to a serving platter and serve with scallion dipping sauce (see related recipe). Let the skillet cool until just warm, then wipe it clean with a wad of paper towels and repeat step 3 with the remaining dumplings, oil, and water.

1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup rice vinegar , unseasoned
2 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar
1/4 cup water
1/2 medium scallion , minced
2 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon chili oil

Bring soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, and water to boil over medium heat, stirring briefly, until sugar dissolves. Pour into bowl; stir in scallion, ginger, and sesame and chile oils. Serve.

Round gyoza (3 3/4 inches diameter), fill with 1 rounded tablespoon, steam for 10 minutes
Round wonton (3 3/4 inches diameter), fill with 1 rounded tablespoon, steam for 6 minutes
Square wonton (3 3/8 inches square), fill with 2 rounded teaspoons, steam for 6 minutes
Rectangular wonton (3 1/4 inches by 2 3/4 inches), fill with 1 rounded teaspoon, steam for 5 minutes.


this girl said...

Wow these look really good- I've been wanting to try them at home...I generally don't eat them in restaurants because I'm always skeptical of the "meat" they use.

Justin Carroll said...

Re: this girl

You're rightly concerned. Have you seen the movie Fast Food Nation? Ew!

abby said...

i'm scared to see that. i really like the occasional taco supreme from taco bell and i could probably never eat one again. haha.