Wontons that have been browned and steamed or simmered are called pot stickers. Serve them as an appetizer or a main course.
Prep: 25 minutes Total: 40 minutes
Ingredients Serves 4
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, 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.
Makes enough to fill about 24 wontons
1/2 cup finely chopped Napa or Savoy cabbage
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.
Makes about 80 dumplings
1 pound ground turkey
1/2 head iceberg lettuce, chopped
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1/4 cup white vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
5 scallions, light green parts only, chopped
2 large eggs
1 (10-ounce) package white button mushrooms, cleaned and chopped
All-purpose flour, for baking sheet
2 (12-ounce) packages round dumpling or gyoza skins
2 tablespoons canola oil
In a large bowl, mix together turkey, lettuce, soy sauce, sesame oil, vinegar, sugar, scallions, eggs, and mushrooms until well combined. Season with salt.
Lightly dust a baking sheet with flour. Place about 1 teaspoon filling in the center of a dumpling skin. Use your finger or a pastry brush to moisten edge of dumpling skin with water. Fold skin over filling to form a half-moon shape. Press edges to seal. Place on prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining filling and dumpling skins. (At this point, dumplings may be frozen. To freeze, place dumplings on a parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze until frozen. Transfer dumplings to a resealable plastic bag and keep frozen up to 3 months.)
In a large nonstick skillet, heat canola oil over medium-high heat. Add dumplings and cook for 30 seconds. Add 1/4 cup water to skillet and cover. Cook until turkey is cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes (12 to 15 minutes if frozen). Serve immediately with Dipping Sauce.
Makes about 1 cup
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup white vinegar
10 drops sesame oil
Juice of 1/2 lime
1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl.