From the Kitchen…..
My granddaughter and I prepared multiple appetizers for our families Christmas Eve Appetizer Dinner, and I love that she is more adventurous in the food that she will eat… and now make! We tried a few new recipes this year including these Chinese Dumplings. They were super easy to make, wonderfully delicious to eat (she wanted to take some home with her after the appetizer party) and will definitely be added to our meal plan in the future!
It was easy to get all the ingredients locally, although I did have to go the little Asian Grocery Store at Castlefrank and Hazeldean to purchase the dumpling wrappers. ($1.89 for 60 wrappers so it didn’t even make sense to try to make these!) Hope you enjoy!
- 1lb ground pork
- 2 chopped green onions (we used chives)
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons rice wine
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- Siracha sauce (we LOVE this, adds a nice heat!)
- 1 tbsp grated ginger
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper
Mix ingredients in a bowl. Take a dumpling wrapper and place 1 heaping teaspoon of filling in center. Moisten edges with water, fold over and press to seal edges.
Add 3 tablespoons of Peanut Oil to a large skillet and saute until the bottoms are golden brown. Remove from pan. Repeat process until all potstickers are cooked. Keep warm on a plate covered.
Some recipes suggest adding a ½ cup of water at this point to “steam” the dumplings, but because we made them in advance, I popped ours in the freezer and then put them in a bamboo steamer for 10 minutes prior to eating. Once the “dough” turned opaque we knew they were ready. Serve them with a Gyoza sauce made of: 1/3 cup of soy sauce, ¼ cup rice wine vinegar, 1 tbsp sesame oil, and some chopped green onions or chives. You can add siracha sauce and/or a pinch of sugar here as well. It’s all about preference.
These were really fun to make and eat. Looking forward to playing with this recipe a bit more – maybe making some to include Chinese Cabbage the next time. Hope you try this one!