Pot Stickers


I’ve never made pot stickers and I’ve always wanted to try so…I went online and did some research and I found a couple of recipes I liked. I decided to make two batches of Chicken, and Pork pot stickers. I had some left over Pork shoulder that I chopped into cubes froze for about an hour and ran through my meat grinder on a number 2 blade. Then I followed the recipe.

Pork Pot stickers

Ingredients

For the dumplings:

2/3 pound ground pork

2 green onions, minced

1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger

1/2 teaspoon minced garlic

1 tablespoon cornstarch

2 teaspoons mushroom soy sauce

20 to 22 gyoza wrappers or wonton skins

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1/2 cup chicken stock

 

For the sauce:

4 tablespoons mushroom soy sauce

3 tablespoons Chinese black vinegar

1 teaspoon sesame oil

3 drops hot chili oil, or more to taste

1 Thai red chile, thinly sliced, stem removed

1 tablespoon thinly sliced green onions

Directions

In a small mixing bowl I combined the ground pork, green onions, ginger, garlic, cornstarch and soy and mix thoroughly.

 

Working in batches, I laid the gyoza wrappers on a clean, dry surface and placed about 1 tablespoon in the center of each wrapper. Moisten the edges with water, and brought the edges together at the top so that they met. * So, it took me a bit to get this down…Basically its like licking an envelope and sealing it!

In a large nonstick skillet over low heat, I added the vegetable oil and, when hot, added the dumplings and cooked them until they were golden brown on the bottom, 1 to 2 minutes.

* Are the pot stickers a tad bit crowded in the pan?? YES!!

Then I added the chicken stock, reduced the heat to low, and covered the skillet. I cooked the dumplings until the wrappers were tender and the filling cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes. I had to add a bit of additional stock to the liquid as it had evaporated before the dumplings were finished cooking.

And here’s the finished product of my first ever Pork Pot Stickers!

I made the dipping sauce per the recipe and…DAMN were they good! Next, the chicken pot stickers.

Chicken Pot stickers

Ingredients

1 pound ground chicken

2 tablespoons garlic, minced

2 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced

2 tablespoons shallots, minced

1 cup chunky peanut butter

1/4 cup brown sugar

2 tablespoons Thai hot chili paste

2 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, chopped

2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves, chopped

30 wonton wrappers

 

Chili Mint Sauce:

1 small bottle Thai sweet chili sauce

1/4 cup rice wine vinegar

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup cilantro leaves, chopped

1/4 fresh mint leaves, chopped

1 teaspoon sesame oil

Puree ingredients in a food processor for 1 minute. Serve at room temperature.

*******

I chopped some left over chicken breast meat into cubes, and froze it for an hour. I then ran the meat through a meat grinder using a number 2 blade. (I should have used chicken thighs but I was to lazy to go and get them, so there you are!)

Directions

In a hot pan I sautéed the ground chicken, garlic, ginger and shallots together until the chicken was thoroughly cooked. I drained off the excess fat and chilled the chicken meat.

I then mixed the chicken together in a bowl with the peanut butter, brown sugar, chili paste, basil and cilantro.

I took the chilled mixture and wrapped it in the wonton wrappers. I felt the wonton papers I got were too thin. I also put way too much of the chicken mixture into the wrappers…ANYWAAAAAAY.

I sealed and then steamed them in my couscoussier.

I brought  the water to a boil, steamed the pot stickers for about 8 to 10 minutes until the wrappers were translucent…And here they are!

* A quick note. The chicken pot stickers were way too sweet for my taste. I would also use about half the peanut butter in the recipe. Also, I hated the sweet sauce recipe and much preferred a savory spicy sauce similar to the one I made for the pork pot stickers. This was my first attempt, but next time I’m going renagade…Lambs tongue, and Beef cheek pot stickers! That’s how I rollllllllll !!!!

Comments

  1. beeeeef cheeeeeks! everybody say beeeeef cheeeeks!!

    hey, great job on the podcast last night, stayed up and watched it live, you were hilarious as always, glad you plugged the food blog!

    Reply
  2. Heard your talking about your blog on Adam Carolla’s podcast. Have been a fan for a long time but now that I know that you love the pork and you love to cook – I’m in love!!

    Reply
  3. DAG-A-Roni! In terms of the wrap itself, did you prefer the half-moon shape or the purse shape? I’ve had trouble getting a good seal on the half-moon. Also, have you tried making your own wrappers? Getting a consistent thickness has been an issue for me as well…for the wrappers.

    Reply
  4. YUM! Love that you did these 2 different ways…I always buy them frozen from Trader Joe’s because I’m to afraid to try from scratch…hrm, I think I can do this….

    Reply
  5. The pork pot stickers look right up my alley. I haven’t found a better one than the Chinese place down the street from my house in St. Paul, MN. I am going to try your recipe and report back. I as well have only made frozen ones at home. This is a fun little cooking blog you have here. Thanks for the plug on Carolla’s show or I never would have found it.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s