Potstickers Recipe: Homemade Take Out Favorite

We’ve all been there: getting home from work and the thought of ordering takeout seems like such a quick and easy way to take care of dinner. But it definitely hurts, especially in the wallet if you choose that option on a regular basis. Luckily, you can make a popular takeout favorite at home. Here’s a great recipe for you to try: Pot stickers!

 
 

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 3 or 4 stalks of scallion (green onion), finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh, finely grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon teriyaki sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 package of round wonton/dumpling wrappers
  • vegetable oil (for frying)

For the Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup of soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup of teriyaki sauce
  • minced garlic (3 cloves)
  • fresh minced ginger (or powder will do)
  • 2 tablespoons of sesame oil

 

Mamas Helpful Tips:

  • In the photos, I am using ground beef, which is what I had on hand, but normally, I would use ground pork…beef worked well too!
  • If you can’t find round wonton wrappers, square works too. Round ones are easier for me, personally.
  • When working with the wrappers, I would suggest working with them one at a time while keeping the stack covered with a damp towel (I use a wet paper towel draped over it) so they do not dry out.
  • If you do not have one of these handy dough presser thingies, that’s fine, just go old school, and crimp it with your fork. They are very handy though, so the next time you see one you may want to pick it up. Mine came in a package with 3 sizes…Small, Medium and Large, and my Titi Josie was kind enough to pass them on to me after I was gawking at hers.
  • The wonton/dumpling wrappers can be found in any Asian market, or the international aisle at your local supermarket. They come in a package of like 50 (!) and cost about $1.50. I am fortunate in this regard as well, since I happen to live within spitting distance of downtown Flushing, where you can find any Asian ingredient you need.
  • Time saving tip: you can brown the meat beforehand, or even use leftovers as the stuffing.

 

Steps:

  1. Place ground pork and next 5 ingredients in a bowl and get on in there with your hands and mix it all up nicely.
  2. Moisten your fingertips in some water and trace your finger all around the edges so there is better sticking power to the dough when you crimp or press. 1 teaspoon of the meat filling in the center of dough will do nicely.
  3. If you’re not using a press, take one side of the wrapper and fold it over the filling. Once it’s closed, crimp the ends together with a fork carefully.
  4. All wrapped up and ready to fry. Fry them on a low to medium flame until they are are nicely browned.
  5. All done and ready for consumption.
  6. For the sauce, all you have to do is stir the ingredients together until they are combined. Then it’s ready for dipping!

 

It’s a very versatile recipe. If you’re a vegetarian, you can swap out the meat for your favorite veggies. It’s also a great way to sneak more veggies into your kids’ tummies. You may want to make some extra, since they’re guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser. I put some aside for my sister-in-law and brother-in-law, because with my 2 sons, there is usually nothing left!

 

Irina DeDomenico