November 04, 2012

Venison Pot Stickers

These were so easy to make!  I have wanted to try and make my own potstickers for a while now.  Lately, when we do order Chinese out (a very big rarity here), Grumpy has wanted the potstickers.  While I wasn't able to totally replicate the look, I feel that I was definitely able to replicate the flavor and since the recipe made so many, this is what our dinner ended up being.  While I love the idea of an entire Chinese menu of Honey Walnut Shrimp, pot stickers, fried rice and crab rangoon, its just not a feasible idea for two people.  Its just way too much food.  Grumpy happily ate just pot stickers for dinner which made me happy.  I'll have to make his Honey Walnut Shrimp for him soon though since he was a  good sport and told me I didn't have to make it to go with these potstickers.
I basically followed the recipe I found for Pork Pot Stickers recipe at Epicurious.  The recipe on this site is by Chef Ming Tsai and definitely is a great recipe!  I used egg beaters instead of the egg.    We aren't huge pork people here unless its bacon, and that is a very rare treat in our home, so the venison worked really well for us in this recipe however, I feel that ground turkey would be great also.

The most work with these pot stickers comes with the assembly.  Mixing the meat and cooking these are a snap.  Its just a little time consuming putting them together - although it is not hard and well worth the effort!  I'm very glad I tried these and I won't hesitate to make them again!


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Venison Pot Stickers
Potstickers filled with a not so ordinary meat, but definitely a delicious choice!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Napa cabbage, finely chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 pound ground venison
  • 1 tablespoon ginger
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated carrot
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1/8 cup egg beaters
  • 1 tablespoon Maggi Sauce (or soy sauce)
  • 30 potsticker wrappers
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
Instructions
In large bowl, toss together cabbage and 3/4 teaspoon salt and set aside for 30 minutes. Transfer to clean dish towel or cheesecloth and twist to squeeze out as much water as possible. Wipe bowl clean, then return cabbage to it. Add venison, ginger, carrots, scallions, and garlic and stir to combine.Add soy sauce, sesame oil, and egg, to cabbage-venison mixture. Stir to combine.On dry surface, lay out 1 dumpling wrapper, keeping remaining wrappers covered with dampened cloth or paper towel. Spoon 1 1/2 teaspoons filling into center, then moisten halfway around edge with wet finger. Fold moisture-free half of wrapper over moistened half to form open half-moon shape. To seal, using thumb and forefinger of one hand, form 6 tiny pleats along unmoistened edge of wrapper, pressing pleats against moistened border to enclose filling. Moistened border will stay smooth and will automatically curve in semicircle. Stand dumpling, seam-side up, on baking sheet and gently press to flatten bottom. Cover loosely with dampened cloth or paper towel. Form remaining dumplings in same manner.In 10-inch, lidded, non-stick skillet over moderately high heat, heat oil until hot but not smoking, then remove from heat and arrange pot stickers in tight circular pattern standing up in oil (they should touch one another). Cook, uncovered, until bottoms are pale golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Add 1/2 cup water, tilting skillet to distribute, then cover tightly with lid and cook until liquid has evaporated and bottoms of dumplings are crisp and golden, 7 to 10 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons more water if skillet looks dry before bottoms are browned. Remove lid and cook, shaking skillet to loosen pot stickers, until steam dissipates, 1 to 2 minutes. With slotted spoon, remove potstickers from skillet and serve warm with soy dipping sauce
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 30 potstickers

2 comments:

  1. I'd made pot stickers once before. They are not easy and mine didn't't turn anywhere near as gorgeous as yours are. Wow.

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  2. This would be a perfect pasta to share with Presto Pasta Nights. There's only this week and next week before it closes up shop forever. I do hope you join in the fun before it's too late.

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