PORK POTSTICKERS WITH SOY-SESAME DIPPING SAUCE
Makes about 60 dumplings.
Note: The technique for making these little packages does not take intricate handwork. Anyone can do these, which allows the entire family to get in on the action. From Meredith Deeds.
For the dumplings:
• 1 lb. ground pork
• 1/4 c. minced green onions
• 1 (5 oz.) can of water chestnuts, minced
• 1 tbsp. grated fresh ginger
• 2 garlic cloves, minced
• 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
• 1 tbsp. soy sauce
• 2 tsp. sugar
• 60 wonton wrappers, thawed if frozen
• 1 egg, lightly beaten
• 1 tbsp. vegetable oil, plus more for greasing cookie sheet
• Soy-Sesame Dipping Sauce (recipe follows)
In a large bowl, use your hands to combine the pork, green onions, water chestnuts, ginger, garlic, red pepper flakes, soy sauce and sugar.
Place the bowl of filling, the wonton wrappers, a saucer with the beaten egg and a pastry brush on a clean work surface. Have a lightly oiled cookie sheet nearby to hold the dumplings.
Place a scant tablespoon of the filling in the center of each wonton. Brush the beaten egg around the edges of the wrapper. Gather up the corners of the wrapper and pinch them together around the top. Make sure all the edges are sealed. Continue to make the dumplings until the filling is used up. Space them on a large cookie sheet, making sure they don't touch.
In a large sauté pan with a lid, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium-high heat. Place the dumplings in the pan so they aren't touching and sauté until they are nicely browned on the bottom. Add 1/2 cup water to the pan and steam the dumplings covered for about 3 minutes, or until pork is cooked through. Repeat the process with the remaining dumplings.
Place the cooked dumplings on a warm platter and serve with the sauce.
To make ahead: The filling can be made 8 hours ahead and kept in the refrigerator. The dumplings can be assembled up to one month ahead. Freeze them in a single layer on a baking sheet, then transfer to a freezer bag. Cook directly from the freezer, adding another few minutes to the cooking time.
Nutrition information per 6 dumplings with sauce:
Calories 272 Fat 10 g Sodium 430 mg
Carbohydrates 32 g Saturated fat 3 g Calcium 22 mg
Protein 13 g Cholesterol 51 mg Dietary fiber 2 g
Diabetic exchanges per serving: 2 bread/starch, 1 medium-fat meat, 1 fat.
SESAME-SOY DIPPING SAUCE
Makes about 2/3 cup.
Note: The sauce can be made up to 5 days ahead and kept covered in the refrigerator. From Meredith Deeds.
• 1/4 c. seasoned rice vinegar
• 1/3 c. light soy sauce
• 2 tbsp. minced green onions
• 1 garlic clove, minced
• 2 tsp. fresh ginger, peeled and minced
• 2 tsp. toasted sesame oil
Mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl.