Thursday, March 26, 2015

Homemade Pork Potstickers


My husband and I live in a fairly small Country/Western kind of town. A couple of years ago we moved from a large city with a population of 1.3 million to a charming, Norman Rockwell kind of town with a population of approx. 21,000. It was a bit of a cultural shock at first, but we have grown to love it. It is so nice to get away from the noise, traffic, and crime of the big city. That crazy homeless guy that used to camp outside our apartment building and would swear at me every time I walked past him -  I don't miss him one little bit. 

 Small town life is wonderful,  I love that we are within walking distance to grocery stores, shops, library, rec. center, restaurants, movie theatre, bowling alley and lots of quaint pubs and even a couple of saloons.






Our local saloon, of all places, makes the BEST potstickers. They serve them with a hot chili oil and they are so good they should be illegal. Anyway, one day I had a craving for pot stickers and I decided to make some at home. The only problem was I didn't have any pot sticker wrappers so I decided to improvise using homemade perogy dough.  This is a really nice dough to work with - very soft and pliable - and the potstickers came together fairly quickly. Best of all - this makes a huge batch of potstickers.


Pork Potstickers
makes 70 to 80 pot stickers

Filling:

1 cup finely grated green cabbage
1/2 cup onion, finely grated
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 green onions, sliced thinly
1 tsp. grated fresh ginger
1 tsp. sesame oil
1 Tbsp. sugar
about 2 tsp. salt
2 lbs. ground pork
prepared dough or store bought potsticker wrappers

In a medium skillet heat 1 tbsp. vegetable oil. Add cabbage, onion and garlic and cook until cabbage is tender. 3 or 4 minutes.  Let cool. In a  large bowl, mix together, cabbage, onion, garlic, green onions, ginger, sesame oil, sugar, salt and ground pork. At this point, I take a little ball of filling and cook for 20 seconds in the microwave, just to see if it is seasoned properly. On a lightly floured surface roll out 1/4 of the dough, if using. Keep the remaining dough covered. Roll dough so that it is about 1/8" thickness. Using a round cookie cutter or a drinking glass cut out as many circles as you can fit. Scoop out one tbsp. of filling onto each cut out circle. Fold in half, pressing out any air bubbles. Take a fork and crimp around the edges.  As I am making these, I lay them out on a tray lined with parchment. Once I've finished making these, I freeze them on the trays. When frozen, put the pot stickers in a zip lock bag.

To prepare potstickers:

Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add a couple of tablespoons of cooking oil to skillet. Cook pot stickers for a few minutes on each side until golden brown. Add 1/4 cup of water to pan. Cover, and lower heat. Cook for 5 -7 minutes or until cooked  all the way through. Serve with hot chili oil or sweet chili sauce.


Dough:

5 cups flour
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp. salt
1 3/4 cups warm water

Blend oil, water, egg and salt. Add flour slowly while mixing. Knead well. Let dough rest, covered for 30 minutes.




tags: pork, appetizers, Asian, potstickers