Friday, January 27, 2012

Happy late Chinese New Year!


2 cups cabbage , finely chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 lb shrimp , peeled, deveined and finely chopped
1 lb lean pork , ground
2 tablespoons light soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice wine, sherry or 2 tablespoons white wine
1 tablespoon green onion , chopped
1 tablespoon sesame oil
2 teaspoons fresh ginger , chopped
2 garlic cloves , minced
64 wonton wrappers (usually 1 pkg)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup chicken stock

2 tablespoons light soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 teaspoon fresh ginger , minced

Sprinkle salt over the shredded cabbage and let stand for 5 minutes, then squeeze out liquid.

Squeeze out any liquid from the shrimp.

Mix cabbage, shrimp, pork, soy, wine, onion, oil, ginger and garlic (filling can be mixed and refrigerated for up to 6 hours in advance).

On each wrapper (keep them covered with a damp cloth so they do no dry out) place about 2 tsp of the mix and seal the edges, use a bit of water on the edge, try to press out all the air and ensure they are tightly sealed (At this point you can freeze them individually on a cookie sheet and them place in a plastic bag. They will keep for a month. Defrost in fridge before continuing).

In 2 large skillets heat 1 tbsp oil, fry 16 dumplings for 1 minute or until golden on one side add 1/4 cup of stock into the pan, reduce heat to low, cover and cook, without turning for about 7 minutes or until the dumpling is translucent and most of the liquid has evaporated Uncover and on higher heat cook for another 5-7 minutes or until the bottoms are dark brown, drain put on a platter and keep warm.

I made these tonight. I used ground beef rather than pork and omitted the shrimp. I added grated carrots and would have added chopped chestnuts and red pepper if I had them on hand. They are so good and I love the dipping sauce! I made lo-mein for Chinese New Year and it was devoured before a picture was snapped. It put me in the mood for potstickers and here they are. I like to use a tiny bit more oil than is called for and I do spray my nonstick pan with a spray on olive oil as well to keep them from sticking.

P.S. Don't ask me why my picture is sideways. I can't get it to load the right you get a sideways picture. :)

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