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Today’s Meal Plan Monday is all about Homemade Potstickers. A potsticker is an Asian Dumpling or as my eastern European husband calls them, Asian pierogis :) hehe
I’m sure most of you know what Potstickers are, and chances are you probably love them as much as we do. But one thing I can guarantee is that if you like the frozen ones from Costco, you’ll LOVE our fresh, homemade recipe. THEY’RE sooooo Easy and soooooo Yummy.
Tonight we are having these along side fried rice and a salad with peppers, radishes and an Asian dressing :)

Here’s our super easy potsticker recipe:

3/4 cup finely chopped or shredded nappa cabbage (or savory cabbage)
6oz lean ground pork
1-2 tbsp grated ginger
3 green onions, finely chopped, plus one more for garnish
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
1 package (24pc’s) wonton or gyoza wrappers (either one, they’re very similar)
2tbsp vegetable oil
1 cup water
In a bowl combine the cabbage, pork, ginger. green onions, soy, and sesame oil. Mix well! (we also add some water chestnuts to the mix.) This mixture should be refrigerated for an hour or so before you use it, just to let the flavors blend. You could also make this mix ahead of time and keep for up to 2 days.
Here’s how we assemble them:

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We take the wrappers out of the package:

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We put a small blob of filling (about a tbsp worth) in the middle of one wrapper:

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Wet our fingers and rub the water all around the edge of the wrapper (the water is the GLUE):

Pinch the middle together.

Move around pinching the edges together, if it’s not sticking use more water!

To cook:
In a large skillet with a tight fitting lid, heat 1 tbsp vegetable oil in the pan. Add as many potstickers that will fit in the pan in one layer, turn once, just to get them brown on each side (about 1 min per side).
Once browned, add a 1/2 cup of water (watch out it will splatter) cover with the lid and steam until the wrappers are translucent, about 2-3 min. Done, did I forget to mention it’s super fast too :)

For dipping sauce there’s two choices,
Choice 1) just a dish of soy sauce, with some green onions mixed in.
Choice 2) A potsticker dipping sauce
1 tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar
1 tbsp Soy Sauce
1 chopped green onion
*we’re big spicy fans so a little chili oil is added!

Here’s our Asian salad dressing recipe:

3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger root (we peel ours, then keep it in the freezer, we pull out the frozen root and grate into what ever we need, then pop the rest back into the freezer)
1/4cup olive oil
1/4 sesame oil
1/3 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup soy sauce
3 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup water
splash of lime juice

We make a salad with some mixed field greens, a red pepper, some red onion, and radishes :)
So that’s our Asian Potsticker Dinner night :) I really hope you try them, not only are they delicious, they are really cheap to make!
And in case you were wondering, YES they do freeze really well :) We make them in huge batches and freeze them for later :)

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We freeze them flat on a baking sheet, then pack them into ziploc freezer bags :) (Don’t forget to label)

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