Pork and Ginger Pot Stickers with Homemade Dumpling Wrappers

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 40 min
  • Active: 1 hr 30 min
  • Yield: 20 to 24 pot stickers
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Ingredients

Hot Water Dough:

2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for the surface

1/4 teaspoon salt 

About 1 cup boiling water

Pork and Ginger Filling:

2 cups thinly sliced Napa cabbage

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/2 pound ground pork (don't get lean pork, the fat is good for juicy and flavorful dumplings) 

2 tablespoons thin soy sauce 

2 tablespoons minced ginger 

1 tablespoon minced garlic 

1/4 teaspoon sesame oil 

Grapeseed oil, for sauteing

1/2 to 1 cup chicken stock or water

Dim Sum Dipper:

1/2 cup soy sauce

1/2 cup rice vinegar

1 tablespoon sambal oelek

1/2 teaspoon sesame oil

Directions

  1. Make the hot water dough: In a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment, combine the flour, salt and two-thirds of the boiling water. Mix on medium speed while slowly adding the remaining water until well mixed and a ball is formed and the dough is not too hot to handle, 3 to 5 minutes. Sprinkle with a little flour if it gets too wet.
  2. On a floured surface, knead the dough until it becomes a smooth, elastic ball. Place back in the bowl and cover with a damp cloth. Allow to rest for at least 1 hour.
  3. Make the dumpling wrappers: Working on a floured surface with floured hands, roll out the dough to form a long 'noodle', 1-inch in diameter. Cut 1/2-inch pieces and turn them over so the cut sides are facing up. Flatten with your palm and roll out thin using a rolling pin. The dumpling wrapper should end up about 3 inches in diameter.
  4. Make the pork and ginger filling: Sprinkle the cabbage with the 1 teaspoon salt and let stand for 30 minutes. Place the cabbage on a clean dishtowel or cheesecloth and squeeze out any water. The dryer the cabbage the better. In a large bowl, thoroughly mix the cabbage with the pork, soy sauce, ginger, garlic and sesame oil and season with salt and pepper. Cook a tester to check the seasoning.
  5. Make the dumplings: Place a small mound of filling in the middle of the wrapper. (Be very careful not to touch the edges with the filling as this will impede proper sealing of the dumplings. Nothing is worse than dumplings breaking during cooking.) Lightly brush the top half edge with water and fold the wrapper in half to form a half moon shape. Starting on one end fold/pinch the wrapper tightly together. Proceed with this fold/pinch method until the dumpling is completely sealed. There will be approximately 7 to 10 folds per dumpling. Rest the dumplings with the folded edges straight up.
  6. Cook the dumplings: In a nonstick saute pan coated well with 1 tablespoon oil, place the pot stickers flat side down, turn the heat to medium-high and cook until the bottom is browned. Have pan cover ready, add 1/4 inch of stock to the bottom of the pan and cover immediately. Be careful, the liquid will splatter! The stock will steam the pot stickers. Check them in 5 minutes as more stock may be needed. (Ideally, you add about 1/4 inch layer of liquid, depending on the size of the pan.) The trick here is that once the dumplings are firm and fully cooked the stock will evaporate and the bottoms will crisp-up again. You can listen to the point no stock is left, that is when you can take the lid off.
  7. Make the dim sum dipper: Combining all ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. Serve with the pot stickers.
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