Between work, family stuff and life in general, Mark and I have been running around like headless chickens. Instead of going to a friend’s Oscar party, we opted to stay home and watch them. To make things a little special, we made pot stickers. Spending time together in the kitchen making these little Chinese dumplings was a great way for us to spend time together and reconnect.
Pot stickers are a little time consuming but oh so worth it. There are three steps – making the filling, wrapping the little dumplings and then pan frying/steaming. From start to finish, it took us about an hour. But, hey, it was date night in so all we had was time.
Here’s what we did – step by step. I’ve included the complete recipe at the bottom of the post so you can print out all the details.
We made the filling with just a few ingredients – Jones Dairy Farm Original Pork Sausage, Napa cabbage, carrot, garlic, ginger, oyster sauce, soy sauce and sesame oil.
Brown the sausage, add the veggies, sauces and a few drops of sesame oil. Cook till just tender.
Let the mixture cool. It was about 10F outside, so I just put the skillet outside for 15 minutes. Next we made our little pot stickers.
These were totally worth the effort. Now we’re spoiled. No more take-out for us!
- 2-3 ounces Jones Dairy Farm Original Pork Sausage
- 1 small Napa cabbage, end trimmed and then cut in quarters lengthwise and then across into ½" pieces
- 1 carrot, peeled and julienned
- 1" piece of ginger, grated
- ¼ teaspoon oyster sauce
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 2-3 drops sesame oil
- ½ package square wonton wraps (the small ones)
- vegetable oil for pan frying
- ½ cup chicken broth or water
- In a large skillet, brown the sausage.
- Add the cabbage, carrot, ginger and garlic.
- Cook till just tender over medium high heat, about 4-6 minutes.
- Add the sauces and sesame oil. Cook another minute.
- Remove from heat and let cool.
- Make the dumplings, folding into whatever shape you like. A simple triangle is just fine.
- Place on a moist tea towel or paper towel while filling them.
- Heat a nonstick pan over medium high heat with just enough vegetable oil to cover the bottom.
- Add the pot stickers.
- When they start to brown and stick to the bottom, add the chicken broth or water and quickly cover.
- Reduce heat and let steam for 3-4 minutes.