Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Pork and Chive Pot Stickers

Pork and Chive Pot Stickers

Makes 20 pot stickers (but see note).

Amazing! Fun to make, fun to eat, and ever so tasty. The best part is that these are freezer-friendly, so by putting in extra work now, you can easily cook and enjoy the rest at a later date.
Source: Everyday Food Magazine

1/4 lb. ground pork
1 T. minced fresh chives
1-1/2 t. soy sauce
1 t. minced peeled fresh ginger (do not substitute ground)
1/2 t. sesame oil
1/2 t. cornstarch
20 wonton wrappers (find these in the produce section)
1 T. vegetable oil

Soy-Ginger Dipping Sauce (recipe below)

In a bowl, combine pork, chives, soy sauce, ginger, sesame oil, cornstarch, and 1 T. water.
Place a heaping teaspoon of pork mixture in center of a wonton wrapper. Lightly wet edge of wrapper, fold over, and press to seal. Repeat to form remaining dumplings (about 20).

In two batches, cook dumplings in a large pot of boiling water until cooked through, 4-5 minutes. Transfer to a plate with a slotted spoon. In a large nonstick pan, heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat. In two batches, cook until browned, about 2-2-1/2 minutes per side. Serve with dipping sauce.

Soy-Ginger Dipping Sauce

In a large bowl, stir together 1/4 c. soy sauce, 3 T. rice vinegar, 1 T. minced peeled fresh ginger, 2 t. sugar, and 1/4 t. sesame oil.

A Note From The Little Lady: At my local grocery store, I wasn't able to buy anything less than 1 lb. ground pork. So, we ended up making close to 50 pot stickers. Granted, we LOVED these, so having the extra in our freezer is not a complaint. But in case you would prefer to make 20 and only 20, plan ahead to use the rest to make meatloaf/meatballs/etc.

Another Note: The only wonton wrappers I could find were squares. Not pleased with the idea of pot sticker "packages" vs. half moons, I used a biscuit cutter to make them circles. Easy enough and well worth it for me.

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