I love ordering pot stickers from restaurants. Those steamed, yet crispy dumplings are so dang good and the meaty filling screams for the tart and salty dipping sauce that accompanies them. I never imagined that I would be able to recreate those flavors in my own house, but it isn’t that hard to do.
I actually use the same filling for my pot stickers that I use in my wonton soup recipe. It is basically a mixture of ground pork, garlic, ginger and scallions with a small amount of terriyaki sauce for seasoning.
These would make a great appetizer for Super Bowl Sunday this coming weekend. They aren’t complicated, but do take some time for prep. If you wanted to, you could fill the wonton skins ahead of time and keep them covered in your fridge the night before cooking.
Mix the filling and fill wonton wrappers with 1 tsp of the filling, sealing the sides shut with a small amount of water. You can make whatever shape pleases you, but I like to make a small envelope out of my wonton wrappers by sealing the edges into a triangle and putting the two long corners together to form a cute little wonton hug.
In a skillet with a tight-fitting lid, heat 1 Tbs of vegetable oil over medium-high heat and fry your stuffed wontons on both sides until they are crispy and golden. Set each wonton on its end and pour 1/2 Cup of water in your pan, then quickly put the lid on your skillet.
Turn your heat down to medium and let your dumplings steam for 10-15 minutes.
While your pot stickers are steaming, you can quickly make your dipping sauce. All you need to do is whisk together 2 Tbs of red wine vinegar, 2 Tbs of soy sauce, 1 tsp of sesame oil, 1 tsp of minced fresh ginger, 1/2 tsp of hot sauce, and 1 minced scallion if you have it on hand.
When your pot stickers are done steaming you will see how these tasty dumplings get their name because they will actually stick to the bottom of your pan. A little coaxing from a spatula will help release them. Test one to make sure it is cooked through, you should see no pink in the center. You can always add a bit more water and steam longer if needed.
Serve these hot with the dipping sauce on the side. They are a guaranteed crowd pleaser.