Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Year of the Rabbit Potstickers

In honor of the Chinese new year last week I thought I would be really adventurous and try and make my own vegetable potstickers. I thought it would be super cute- being that they look like little bunnies and they are made mostly of what rabbits eat. They turned out delicious, but took much longer than I anticipated so here is the belated recipe for “Year of the Rabbit Porstickers”. Lesson learned: give yourself plenty of time for this dish. I went ahead and made a ton and froze a bunch, so I could pull them out of the freezer for dinner parties and impromptu appetizers.

Ingredients (makes ~ 50 potstickers):
1 package of gyoza wrappers
2 cups chopped shitake mushrooms
3 chopped green onions
2 small leeks
2 tbsp. grated ginger
1 can water chestnuts
½ a nappa cabbage
¼ package baked savory tofu (optional)
1 tbsp sesame oil
cooking oil
salt and pepper to taste

Finely dice and chop all ingredients

Sauté leeks and ginger in a wok with some oil until soft

Add the mushrooms, green onions, and cabbage and sauté until reduced (you may want to cover the vegetables to reduce them faster)

Drain ingredients in a colander and mix in water chestnuts, tofu, sesame oil, and salt and pepper to taste
Fill potsticker wrappers with about 1 tbsp filling (don’t do too many at a time or the other wrappers will dry out). With your finger moisten the entire edge of the wrapper with water
Fold in half and pinch to overlap the dough, place on baking sheet until you are ready to cook. You can see the technique takes a while to learn, my first ones look a bit crazy
To cook: heat a bit of oil in a frying pan and place potstickers pinched side up and heat for about a minute on med-high. Then pour in 3 tablespoons of water and cover with lid and reduce heat to low for 8-10 minutes
Potstickers should be crisp and browned on the bottom and steamed on top. If there is still a sizable amount of liquid in the pan, or they haven’t browned you can turn up the heat uncovered for a minute to get the desired texture
Serve with dipping sauce

1 comment:

  1. impromptu dinner parties, eh? hehe... :P they actually look very tasty - i wanna try to make them soon!