1 lb. lean ground pork, turkey or chicken
2 green onions, finely chopped
1 Tbsp. soy sauce
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tsp. grated fresh ginger
1/2 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. sesame oil
1 pkg. wonton wrappers
Chicken or veggie stock, or water
1. In a medium bowl, stir together the pork, green onions, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, sugar and sesame oil and mix it all up with your hands.
2. To fill wontons, place a small spoonful of filling in the middle of each wrapper; moisten the edges with water (just use your finger) and fold over, pressing the edge tightly to seal. Place seam side up on a cookie sheet, pressing lightly to flatten the bottom. Cover with a tea towel to prevent them from drying out. (Dumplings can be prepared up to this point, covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated for up to 24 hours or frozen.)
3. When you’re ready to cook the potstickers, heat a drizzle of canola oil in a largeish skillet set over medium-high heat. Place half the dumplings at a time in the skillet and cook for a minute or two, until deep golden brown on the bottom, shaking the pan a few times to keep them from sticking. Don’t crowd the pan too much.
4. Pour about 1/4 cup stock or water into the pan. Cover, reduce heat to medium and cook for about 5 minutes – this will allow them to steam, cooking them through.
Makes 2 – 3 dozen potstickers.
Swap coarsely chopped raw shrimp for the pork, turkey or chicken, or go all veggie by sauteeing a panful of mushrooms and chopped cabbage or bok choy until all their excess moisture has cooked off.
A potsticker isn’t supposed to really stick to the pot—it does at first, then develops wonderfully dark, crunchy bottoms that help them release from the pan and give them so much of their flavour. Let the bottoms get nicely golden first, then pour in some stock or water and cover the pan to allow the rest of the dumplings cook through. It only takes about ten minutes, and you have a batch of fresh, flavourful dumplings that are as fun to make as they are to eat.
Originally published in 2016. Photo by iStockphoto.