Another short post today, guys! Dan absolutely cannot control himself around pork dumplings, and there wasn’t a Patriots game today to distract him from my kitchen/blogging activities, so I didn’t have a whole lot of time to snap pictures before he started getting impatient for his dumpling dinner. There’s nothing like a hungry, aggressively hovering husband to make photo staging/picture-taking super stressful and rushed, ya know?
But I can’t begrudge him his fried dumplings! He just loves them so much, and the pure unadulterated joy on his face when he eats them is both enormously flattering and super satisfying. I wonder if I should forgo dips and wings and just make dumplings for every game?
Snacktastic Sundays: Potstickers
Author: Tina @ Just Putzing
Recipe type: Appetizer, Entree
- 1 lb ground pork
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- ⅛ cup sesame oil
- 1 tbsp shaoxing wine
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- ½ cup green onion, chopped
- 1-1/2 to 2 cups shredded/finely chopped cabbage
- Salt (to taste)
- Dumpling wrappers
- Olive oil
To make your filling:
- In a large bowl, combine ground pork, shaoxing wine, sesame oil, garlic, green onion, and cabbage. Mix well, by hand (this is how I do it) or with a fork.
- Season with salt to taste.
To wrap the potstickers:
- Prepare a small bowl of water.
- Line a baking sheet with a piece of wax paper or parchment paper.
- To wrap a potsticker, scoop about 2 teaspoons of the pork mixture into the center of the dumpling wrapper. Gently press the mixture into a round shape, so it will be easier to wrap.
- Wet your finger with water and gently brush water all around the edges of the wrapper (this will help the wrapper stick to itself when pressed together).
- Fold the wrapper into a half moon shape, using fingers to pinch the middle of the two layers firmly together.
- When you start pleating, you will only be folding one side of the wrapper. Use your left hand to hold the dumpling and your right hand to fold 2 to 3 pleats in the outer layer (like a fan or accordion) towards the midpoint, and press pleats down firmly into the inner, unfolded layer to seal the filling inside.
- Switch so that you're holding the dumpling in your right hand, and use your left hand to form more pleats in the same manner. Press the pleats again to seal the filling tightly. (FYI for reference, Omnivore's Cookbook has great step by step pictures of this pleating process)
- Place your completed potsticker on your lined baking sheet.
- Repeat above steps until all your filling is used up. (I got 34 dumplings) Make sure dumplings are not touching/sticking together on your baking sheet.
To cook the potstickers:
- Heat a tablespoon of oil in a nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Swirl oil around the skillet so that the entire surface is oiled.
- When oil is hot, place a few potstickers in the skillet, pleat side up. They should not be touching.
- Pour about 2 tablespoons water evenly over the dumplings in the skillet, then cover immediately, and turn the heat to medium.
- Cook covered until the water is evaporated and potstickers are cooked through, about 3 minutes.
- Remove the cover and flip one potsticker to see whether the bottom side is charred/browned. If it's not, turn the heat up to medium high heat and cook until the bottom side turns golden brown, about 1 minute.
- Transfer cooked potstickers to a plate.
- Repeat above steps until all potstickers are cooked.
- Serve immediately with soy sauce.
Sarah @ SnixyKitchen says
I want a dumpling dinner too! Jealousssssss.
Come on over, girl!
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Thalia @ butter and brioche says
Love potstickers! Never made them myself before though.. definitely need to make some and follow your delicious recipe!
Let me know how they turn out for you!
Love these! Potstickers are one of my favorites!
Mine too 😀
Yum!! I love potstickers but have never made them, myself! Will definitely be trying this recipe!
Awesome! Hope you like it 😀
Kathi @ Deliciously Yum! says
Your husband is too kind. I don’t think I would have been patient enough to wait for these dumplings while you take pics. They look so good and I bet they taste even better. YUM!
Thanks! I actually had to appease him by giving him a small plate of his own dumplings so that I could snap a few quick pics 😉
Jen @ Baked by an Introvert says
I’m coming to your house for dinner! These potstickers look perfect.
Come on over any time! 😉
Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files says
Hungry husbands are the worrsssttt! Or the ones that want to east all your delicious treats before you even finish making them or get to recipe test! But at least they want to eat our creations right?! And I can see why he wants these dumplings. They sound divine!
Good point – this is better than if he won’t eat my cooking!
Karen @ The Food Charlatan says
These look SO GOOD! I would be hovering right next to your husband. Breathing down your neck in fact.