Sunday, June 14, 2009

Vegetarian Potstickers -- Daring Cooks


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 :)

20 comments:

singinghorse said...

Your potstickers look really great. I love how the bottoms turned out so golden. Congrats!

Anula said...

Tofu, mushrooms and carrot filling - sounds yoummy! Cheers :)

Lisa Michelle said...

Your potstickers came out gorgeous, and I love the tofu in the filling! Wonderful and delicious looking job!

natalia said...

Ciao ! They really look so good !!!

Heather B said...

Great job! They look tasty!

Jen Yu said...

Beautiful dumplings! They turned out perfectly. Great job :)

dandelion said...

Do you think they browned so well because you used a heavy bottomed steel pan? I used cast iron and had great luck too. I might try your recipe filling I am not a Vegetarian, but I like tasty. Really nice work.

TeaLady said...

OH!! Those look so great. And your filling sounds delish.

jenncuisine said...

Your potstickers look beautiful!

DJM said...

The veggie filling sounds great, and very much like the filling in my favorite Chinese restaurant's veggie version. I love the sesame seeds floating in the sauce, too.

Suzie said...

I just joined the daring Kitchen too - and I sooo loved this challenge. Yours look wonderful - I will have to follow your lead on the mushroooms next time.

Natashya said...

They look great! Wonderful idea to use stock, I will try that next time.

Audax said...

Wonderful colour you got on your potstickers and the vege fillings sounds so nice yours Audax, Great pixs also

climbhighak said...

So often, vegetarian alternatives make me (read omnivore), feel as if I am missing something. Yours however seem full of flavor, well spiced, and cooked with perfect technique. Job well done.

erushi said...

Your filling sounds positively delicious. Lovely job!

Katiecakes said...

Argh, they look awesome!! Yum!

Katie xox

Michele said...

Your potstickers look just perfect and I love the filling!

ice tea: sugar high said...

Even when you're frying them, they still stylized to look perfect. Amazing. Great job on the challenge.

Me! said...

mmmm look at that perfectly crisp pan fried goodness. I can imagine how good that crunch must have been.

superman said...

Your potstickers looks so awesome and your filling sound wonderful..

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