Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Easy Pot Stickers

My kids LOVE potstickers.  They love dipping them in sauce and for some reason, they love the taste.  Kids are funny that way.  You can buy great pre made one's, but the homemade one's are not only better tasting, they are easy and fun to make! AND to make things even easier.... I finally bought one of these!  This may be a HUGE regret for my own personal reasons, aka.. my waistline, but I'll just have to deal!  CUZ, I am excited! ENJOY!
1/2 cup finely chopped Napa or Savoy cabbage
Coarse salt
6 ounces ground pork, not all lean
3 scallions, finely chopped
1 tablespoon finely chopped, peeled fresh ginger
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

In a medium bowl, toss cabbage with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Let stand 10 minutes. Wrap cabbage in a double layer of paper towels; firmly squeeze out excess liquid. Return cabbage to bowl; add pork, scallions, ginger, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Mix well with a fork. Refrigerate leftover filling up to 2 days.

24 rectangular (3 1/2-by-3-inch) or square wonton wrappers
1 recipe Wonton Filling
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 scallions, finely chopped (optional)
1/3 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce, for serving
Make wontons (through step 2).Transfer to an oiled plate, and cover with a damp towel to keep moist.

In a 12-inch nonstick skillet with a tight-fitting lid, (or you can by a deep fryer and use that as well.) heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Add half the wontons and cook, turning once, until lightly browned, about 1 minute per side. Carefully add 1/2 cup water (oil may sputter), cover, and steam until translucent and just cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes. Repeat with remaining tablespoon oil and wontons. Sprinkle pot stickers with scallions, if using, and serve with soy sauce.

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