(about 60 potstickers)
I have to admit I'm pretty inept when it comes to forming potstickers. I can't seem to get the folds right and trying to put them together correctly takes me way too long. I usually give up after a few tries and end up folding them into simple half moon shapes similar to pierogies. It's much faster that way and they still taste the same, so ultimately it doesn't matter. I'm still in awe of my dim sum teacher in Toronto, who could fold dumplings into various shapes in mere seconds while holding a conversation with you and maintaining eye contact!
These delicious dumplings freeze really well, so if you are inclined, double this recipe to enjoy more of them at a later date.
4-5 dried shitaki mushroom caps
1 cup hot water
1 lb napa cabbage
3/4 lb ground chicken
2 green onions, sliced
2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
2-3 tsp fresh ginger, minced
1 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
2 tsp toasted sesame oil
2-3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
1/2 tsp salt
1-2 pinches red pepper flakes
60 potsticker wrappers
sesame oil for frying
Soak the mushrooms in hot water for about 15-20 minutes. Set aside.
Meanwhile shred the cabbage into a microwave-proof bowl. Cover with wrap and microwave at one minute intervals until the cabbage has softened. Remove and cool.
Remove the mushrooms from the water and gently squeeze. Discard any hard stems and slice the caps into thin strips. Place them into a large mixing bowl.
Gently squeeze the cooled cabbage to release some of its excess moisture. You do not need to squeeze it completely dry. Add the cabbage, chicken, green onions, cilantro, ginger, tamari, sesame oil, garlic, salt and red pepper flakes to the mushrooms.
Mix thoroughly until everything is well combined. The filling will be on the wet side. At this point you can fry a small amount to adjust the seasoning, if you like.
To form the potstickers, place a generous teaspoonful into the center of each wrapper; make sure to leave the edges clear otherwise the dumplings will be difficult to seal. Lightly moisten the edges with water and then fold them together in half, pressing the edges together firmly. If you wish to pleat them, then have a look here. Smooth half moon shapes are fine if you find the pleating process as difficult as I do.
To freeze your finished potstickers, place them onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper in a single layer and not touching each other. Place the sheet into your freezer for about one hour, then remove and place the frozen potstickers into freezer bags for further freezing.
To cook the potstickers, heat a small amount of sesame oil in a heavy non-stick skillet with a tight fitting lid over a medium-high flame.
Place the potstickers into the skillet in a single layer, then add about 3-4 tbsp of water. Cover the skillet and reduce the flame to about medium or a touch lower. Steam the dumplings for about 5-7 minutes if they are fresh; 8-11 minutes if they are frozen (do not thaw them out first). Adjust the flame as needed to keep the bottoms from burning; the bottoms should just be nicely browned and slightly crispy.
If there's still a bit of water in the skillet when you remove the lid, then just cook another minute or two until the liquid has evaporated.
Serve with the dipping sauce, (see below).
potsticker dipping sauce
1/3 cup tamari or soy sauce
1/4 cup mirin or rice wine
3-4 tbsp rice vinegar
1 green onion, sliced
2 tsp toasted sesame oil
1/2 tsp chili paste, or to taste
Combine all of the sauce ingredients in a small bowl.
Serve with the potstickers.