Friday, November 9, 2012

Pot Stickers with Sesame Soy Dipping Sauce

I’ve tried those frozen pot stickers from supermarket twice because of the convenience and I was too lazy to make them; the taste was just not the same. So I decided to make them myself this time, the way I wanted. Pot stickers are quite easy to make and they are great for appetizers. You can use basically anything for the filling and even skip the meat and go for meatless vegetarian and follow the rest of recipe.


My pot sticker this time came out looking not so pretty after they’ve been frying and steaming, but they were definitely looking yummy!  I think.....that was because I didn’t realize that the pot sticker skins were too thin, plus, I should have refrigerated them a little before cooking; however, they came out so tasty and d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s! ...…and for that reason, I have completely spoiled my dinner! 

What you need: make 22 pieces

8 oz ground turkey
1/4 cup finely diced carrots
1 tbsp finely grated fresh ginger
3 cloves finely grated garlic
2 tbsp soy sauce
1/2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1/4 cup finely chopped scallion
A tiny bit of sugar
1 tsp white ground pepper
1 tbsp cornstarch

1 package pot sticker wrappers/or Gyoza wrappers (I only used 22)
1 c water or as needed
Canola or vegetable oil

For dipping sauce
1 tsp Asian chili garlic sauce
4 tbsp Soy sauce
1 tsp Sesame oil
1/2 tsp Sugar
1/2 tsp Red wine vinegar
1 tsp finely chopped scallion
: Mix everything to blend well and garnish with finely chopped scallion

How To:

- In a large bowl, add all the ingredients – except the pot stickers, cooking oil, and water – and mix well for the filling.

- Spoon 1/2 tbsp of the filling onto the pot sticker skin and brush around the edge of the pot sticker skin with water, and then fold over to create a half-moon shape and press the around the edge to seal up.

- Pleat each pot stickers if you can, or just leave them the way they are without pleating, it’s perfectly fine!
While you are making pot sticker, cover those you already made with a damp kitchen towel or plastic wrap so they won’t dry up until you finish.

- When it time for cooking, the pot stickers are needed to be cooked in batches if you make a lot (I made 22 pieces and I cooked in two batches)
- add 1 tbsp of the oil into the nonstick pan over medium-high heat.  When the oil is getting hot, add the pot stickers, but do not crown the pan, with the flat bottom down and fry for 1-2 minutes or until the bottom of the pot stickers turn golden brown.
- slowly pour about 1/4 cup water into the pan and cover the pan with the fitted lid to steam the pot stickers for 3-5 minutes – depends on how many of pot stickers you are cooking.
- Open the lid and lets it continue to cook until the liquid disappear.   Continue cooking another batch with the same steps.
- Serve immediately with the sesame-soy dipping sauce.


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