Traditionally, the steamer basket is coated with oil to keep the dumplings from sticking. Here is a delightful alternative: Place each dumpling on a thinly sliced carrot "disk". When the dumplings come out of the steamer, each has its own little serving tray. You can make these dumplings ahead and freeze them.
Chili-Garlic Dipping Sauce:
1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons green onion, minced
1 hot red chile, minced
10 ounce ground pork
3 1/2 cups shredded Napa (Chinese) cabbage
1 1/4 cups thinly sliced leek (about 1 large)
3/4 cup minced green onion
1 cup thinly sliced shiitake mushroom caps (about 3 ounces)
1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon sake (rice wine) or sherry
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
40 won ton wrappers
2 large carrots, thinly sliced
How to Make It
To prepare dipping sauce, combine first 7 ingredients. Cover and refrigerate.
To prepare dumplings, combine pork and next 10 ingredients (pork through black pepper) in a large bowl.
Working with 1 won ton wrapper at a time (cover remaining wrappers with a damp towel to keep from drying), spoon about 2 teaspoons pork mixture into center of each wrapper. Moisten edges of wrapper with water; bring 2 opposite corners to center, pinching points to seal. Bring remaining 2 corners to center, pinching points to seal. Pinch 4 edges together to seal. Place dumplings, seam sides up, on carrot slices (cover loosely with a damp towel to keep them from drying).
Arrange half of dumplings in a single layer in a bamboo or vegetable steamer. Steam dumplings, covered, for 10 minutes. Remove dumplings from steamer; place on a platter. Keep warm. Repeat procedure with remaining dumplings. Serve with dipping sauce.
Note: If you don't have a steamer, use a heat-proof plate. Set it on top of a heat-proof bowl placed in the bottom of a pot filled with 2 inches of water. Cover and steam.
These are outstanding. I actually probably prefer CL's other recipe for Hand-Hacked Pot Stickers slightly more because of the addition of shrimp, but these are very tasty. I prefer the cooking method in the other recipe, though this cooking method also works fine. Love the dipping sauce!
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