The dough is simply flour (1 cup) and warm water (3/4) cup, mixed together, allowed to rest, then kneaded for a minute with more flour. Break off thumb sized pieces of dough and use a rolling pin to roll it into a rough circle, one for each potsticker.
I usually make dumplings with ground chicken thighs, but I wanted to use my local vegetables to make a vegetarian dumpling. You could use any mushroom, any leafy green, and any allium (garlic, shallot, onion) to make these. These were very flavorful, and I did not miss the chicken at all.
In a Cuisinart, I roughly chopped a hand-full of Shiitake mushrooms with two shallots and a knob of ginger. The, cooked the mushroom-shallot-ginger mixture with a scant tablespoon of oil, over medium heat for 5 minutes. Using the same Cuisinart bowl, I pulsed a large handful of kale raab (leafy greens with little broccoli type buds) a few times and added it to the cooking mushrooms. Continue cooking for 5 minutes.
Again in the Cuisinart, I chopped a hand-full of cilantro, a tablespoon of sesame oil and a tablespoon of soy sauce. Remove the vegetables from the heat, stir in the cilantro mixture. Allow to cool. This is your filling.
I made a simple dough, as outlined above, rolling out each circle, adding a dollop of filling and folding into a half-moon shape.
To cook, heat a couple of teaspoons of oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add the dumplings, standing them up around the pan. After the bottoms begin to turn a golden color, add enough water to come up the sides of the dumpling part way (maybe a cup), cover and allow to steam until the water has evaporated.
Here is a very easy to follow tutorial, including video, from Hsiao-Ching Chou on the Chinese Soul Food website.
|I didn't say that they were pretty - only delicious and full of flavor.|
I served them for dinner with a bit of steamed fish and ruby chard.
SOLE Notes: Thanks to Spud.com for the organic shallots (WA), organic mushrooms (BC), organic kale raab (OR), organic cilantro (CA) and organic ginger (not even remotely local).