Welcome to the June Daring Cooks Challenge -- Chinese Dumplings / Potstickers -- picked for us to try by Jen from use real butter, thank you Jen! Chinese Dumplings (okay any filled dumpling) are one of my favorite foods, and I especially love Potstickers! About 5 years ago I started making potstickers at home using won ton wrappers and they were a constant when we made an Asian style dinner.
I am so grateful to Jen for sharing her delicious and simple dumpling wrapper recipe...
2 cups flour
1/2 cup warm water, adding more water a little at a time until the proper dough consistency
That's all, and as a bonus, you can do this in the food processor! Just turn it on with the flour and start pouring in the water, 1/2 cup first, and maybe a touch more...
The dough is surprisingly easy to work with, roll it out and cut out circles...or roll into a log and cut off rounds and roll them into discs.
Have your filling ready, I did a quick saute of chopped mushrooms, shredded carrots,
and tofu dices (1/2 block),
seasoned with Chinese Five Spice powder, ginger, garlic, and tamari soy sauce
and a little Sriracha just for fun
Some people prefer a raw filling but because the mushrooms give off so much water while cooking, I like to cook my filling and dry it out a bit first.
Drop about a tablespoon of filling in the center of a wrapper round, fold over the top and pinch pleat to seal. Now you are ready to fry!
you want to get your bottoms just slightly browned, carefully peek at them...
Pour in 1/2 cup water or stock (I always use vegetable stock for some added flavor), cover and steam for about 5 minutes, remove cover, and cook away the liquid, they your potstickers can fry a little more to perfectly brown and crisp up those bottoms.
Take them out of the pan, I find the best way to do this is with silicone tipped kitchen tongs.
Plate and serve with dipping sauce, yum! My favorite dipping sauce is 2 parts duck sauce and one part soy sauce, sprinkled with sesame seeds. Eat and enjoy! These were the best potstickers I've ever had, the wrapper really makes them amazing. I can't wait to try out some other Chinese dumplings with these wrappers. Thank you again Jen, I can't believe that I can now make my own potsticker wrappers at home, this recipe will be used a lot and I'm so happy you shared it with the Daring Cooks :)