Sarina’s Vegetarian Potstickers (recipe)

Sarina's Vegetarian Potstickers

It’s been several months since I’ve taken part in a “Waiter There’s Something in my…” challenge. So, it was with great excitement that I saw that this month’s theme was dumplings. Who doesn’t love dumplings?!? And I have tons of variations on the theme!… Then I read the rules more closely… oh my… the definition of dumpling was being taken into a whole new direction than the one my mind had been heading in…

* Any kind of dough that is wrapped around a filling of some sort (fruit, meat, vegetable, etc) and rolled into dumplings, then cooked.
* Dumplings can be boiled, steamed or baked: not fried.
* Dumplings can be refined after cooking by dusting with sugar, rolling in crumbs, smothering in butter and herbs, etc
* Your dumpling MUST have a filling.

Oh dear… what was I gonna do now? Only one thing jumped out to me, pot stickers! :) Except I’d never made them before. This would be mighty interesting :lol: I read several recipes to get an idea of the general technique and then dove right in!


Mom had some leftover stir fried vegetables in the fridge that I thought would make the perfect basis for my filling. I bulked it up with 1 diced carrot, 1 tablespoon of diced fresh ginger, 1 chopped garlic clove and a heaping tablespoon of Chinese chili garlic paste (man I love that stuff!)

After stirfrying everything together on medium-high heat for about 5 minutes I moved the pan off the stove and turned my attention to the wanton skins.

Working with 4 at a time I placed a little less than a tablespoon of filling onto each skin and folded them in half, sealing the edges with water. Not all sealed properly, but most survived this phase :)

With a huge pot of salted water already boiling I dumped ten at a time into the water and boiled them for 5 minutes. A few opened up (probably those that didn’t seal properly to begin with) but most made it through this stage, sealed, slippery and shiny!

So yum! I really had to restrain myself from eating them at this point, as there was still one more step…

Pan-frying until golden brown and crunchy on both sides :D

In between all the boiling and frying I assembled the dipping sauce by combining 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 2 tablespoons water, 2 teaspoons rice vinegar, 1 heaping teaspoon chili garlic paste and 1 teaspoon sugar.

Once everything was done I was tired and frustrated and wondered if I would ever be willing go through all this stress again. Then I took one bite of a still-hot potsticker that had been dipped in sauce, and man oh man oh man… I’ll leave the rest to your imagination :lol:

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  • http://www.thepassionatecook.com johanna

    these look scrumptuous! glad they stick to the pot and not the hips: always a bonus! thanks for taking part in this round of WTSIM… dumpling!

  • http://www.thepassionatecook.com johanna

    these look scrumptuous! glad they stick to the pot and not the hips: always a bonus! thanks for taking part in this round of WTSIM… dumpling!

  • http://maninas.wordpress.com/ Maninas

    This sounds great!
    A Singaporean friend taught me how to make potstickers at college. A few of us would gather in our kitchen, make potstickers and chat. :)

  • http://maninas.wordpress.com/ Maninas

    This sounds great!
    A Singaporean friend taught me how to make potstickers at college. A few of us would gather in our kitchen, make potstickers and chat. :)

  • http://www.goodluckdeluxe.com Tara

    Mmm… These potstickers look AMAZING!

  • http://www.goodluckdeluxe.com Tara

    Mmm… These potstickers look AMAZING!

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Johanna – no problem, it was fun! :)

    Maninas – it’s funny you mention that, as I was making them all by my lonesome and stressing out I was thinking, this definitely would only be fun as a group activity LOL! :lol:

    Tara – aww :)

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Johanna – no problem, it was fun! :)

    Maninas – it’s funny you mention that, as I was making them all by my lonesome and stressing out I was thinking, this definitely would only be fun as a group activity LOL! :lol:

    Tara – aww :)

  • Ant

    I must make these. I love Potstickers!!!
    ..and they are VEGGIE…yes!

  • Ant

    I must make these. I love Potstickers!!!
    ..and they are VEGGIE…yes!

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  • Liddy

    Hi
    My sister makes something like this with a shrimp filling. I think I will try them with smkoed artic charor Whelks, both of which I get a lot of here in Labrador.

  • Liddy

    Hi
    My sister makes something like this with a shrimp filling. I think I will try them with smkoed artic charor Whelks, both of which I get a lot of here in Labrador.