Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Pot Stickers

Lately I have stumbled across several cooking shows that are vegetarian or vegan. It is so nice to be able to watch a show and not have to think about how recipes can be changed to exclude the meat! It's a luxury I've never enjoyed before. And to completely turn everything on its head, for once, the meat eaters can take this recipe and substitute to their tastes!

Kay's favorite item at our friend's Thai food restaurant is chicken pot stickers. She always gets a special "Kay-sized" order when she goes there. Even though this recipe calls for sausage, I thought it was worth a try. I couldn't help asking if these were as good as the others and she actually said they were better! What a compliment!!

If you are like me, the mention of folding individual items into special shapes sends you looking for something else to make. But I promise, these are not hard and it goes really fast. Kay was able to fold them herself so if you have kids hanging around, put them to work and it won't take you any time at all!

Pot Stickers

For the filling, crumble 6-8 thawed vegetarian breakfast sausage patties into a bowl (it must be the patties, not the links). Add 2-4 tablespoons soy sauce, 3 chopped green onions and 1 teaspoon sesame oil. Mix it all together with your hands.

Place a very small amount of the mixture on a wonton skin. Dip your finger in water and moisten the edges of the wonton. Fold the wonton over diagonally, forming a triangle. Then fold the bottom two corners in to the middle so that it looks like an envelope with the flap up. (Does that make sense? That's the best way I can think of to describe it!)

Place 1 inch of peanut oil in a skillet and fry the pot stickers until they are brown on both sides (2-3 minutes). Remove from pan and place on paper towels or a paper grocery bag to drain.

Dipping sauce:

Whisk the following:

4 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 teaspoons white rice vinegar
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 teaspoons green onion, chopped or cilantro

Kay: These were really really good. I liked them a lot. The pot stickers at 5 Star are my absolute favorite thing but these were even better!!

Mom (Dana): I try to stay away from fried foods since they really don't sit well with me but these were worth the splurge. I just had to make sure not to eat the whole batch in one sitting!


Veggie said...

I'd love to try these, pot stickers are one of my favourite foods. But so time-consuming to make.

Champsleeve said...

I love them too. That's my junk food kind of treat! The nice thing about this recipe was that we made the filling and kept it in the fridge. Then we made just a few of them whenever we wanted a snack.


javagirlkt's cookin' said...

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