Sunday, June 14, 2009

Daring Cooks: Potstickers 3 Ways

It's Daring Cooks time again! Remember last month when I leapt out of my comfort zone and made Ricotta Gnocchi? This month's challenge was potstickers (some people steamed them and made dumplings. Potstickers are pan-fried. Now I know the difference!). This challenge was hosted by the incredibly wise and talented Jen of Use Real Butter.

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I'm not even going to attempt to share the recipe with you. If you'd like to take a stab at these (and if I can do it, I KNOW you can), go here. Look at Jen's stunning photography and detailed explanations. That's all you need. I will, however, share with you the 3 varieties of potstickers that I lovingly spent a whole day making.

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First, I modified Jen's basic pork recipe. We don't eat pork, so I used ground turkey instead. Also, there's a mushroom hater in our house (it isn't me...just sayin'!), so I omitted the shiitakes and threw in some water chestnuts instead. I also used chinese chives in place of green onion. These tasted very similar to the traditional pork variety that I've tried in the distant past.

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Next up, kimchee potstickers. Our favorite little Vietnamese restaurant serves these and we eat them at least weekly. Mine didn't quite come out as well theirs (I think the kimchee I used was much more pungent), but I'm glad I attempted it!

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Finally, my dessert masterpiece: blueberry potstickers! I used the filling recipe from Shelby's birthday tart since it's really thick. Wow. These reminded me a lot of blueberry blintzes, except that they were little and cute and pleated and I made them from scratch.

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I can't say enough about how delicious all 3 varieties were. I followed Jen's dipping sauce instructions to use with the savory potstickers, and we just ate the blueberry ones plain. I'm going to get all social work-y for a sec (I don't do that too often here), and say that this challenge made me feel empowered. Every time I do something that I think is far beyond my skill level, I get a little closer to feeling like I know what I'm doing in the kitchen. I like that... it's pretty exhilarating. Can't wait to see what's next.

Oh! And I finally decided to join the Daring Bakers too (who was I kidding? My true love is baking), so stay tuned!

32 comments:

(wife.) said...

I'm so glad you're joining Daring Bakers!!! And these all look so amazing. And I'm totally with you on the empowerment thing... it's an incredible feeling. And CRAAAAAAAPPPPPPPP a skunk just did its thing outside my window.

abby said...

you did brilliantly - i love the idea of the sweet blueberry version. i'm not suprised it was your favourite.

Anula said...

You also made the blueberry one! :) I'm sure they were delicious - I loved them! Cheers.

lisamichele said...

I LOVE the variety you made, especially the kimche, so creative! They all look wonderful! Great job and lovely photos!

jenncuisine said...

Yum! You did an awesome job!! I love the kimchee filling, and of course the dessert blueberry ones!!!!

Seattle Tall Poppy said...

They look delicious! Have you ever had pirogi? They're Polish bundles of deliciousness. The dough is a cross between ravioli & potstickers. Dough is filled, then just boiled or boiled and fried.

My friend Ala is Polish and her favorite is the fruite pirogi. In the summer we do a cherry version, boiled and served with a slurry made from sour cream, sugar, and lemon juice. Delicious!

Audax said...

Lovve all the three types you did I can't decide which I like better. Great that you are joining the DBakers also. Great Pixs and your happpy spirit shines through in this post. bravo bravo and kudos. Cheers from Audax

isa said...

The blueberry sounds delicious and your potstickers are so beautiful.
Wonderful photos!
Thanks for your nice comments on my blog.

Amy I. said...

Thanks so much for the love, everyone! This challenge was so much fun.

@Seattle Tall Poppy: I've only had pirogi once, and they were delicious despite being the kind from the freezer section. I'll have to get my hands on the fresh, authentic ones someday soon!

Mary Camu said...

your dough cutouts and thickness are so far beyond my skill level! haha. You are the potsticker pro!!!!! amazing. I would have never thought of blueberry ones. looks so yummy!!

Heather B said...

Great job on all of your dumplings! They look delicious!

~3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

I love all the options!! YUMMY! Great pleats too!

Jen Yu said...

Yay for you! I love your variations on the dumplings and I am totally impressed how you whipped them up - like a pro. That's the spirit of Chinese cooking, to go by feel. You did a bang up job there, chica. They're lovely to boot. Good on ya and congrats! Looking forward to seeing you on the DB side as well :)

TeaLady said...

UUUUMMM!!!! Blueberry!!!! Now THAT is a pie/dumpling!!!

Sara said...

Those look amazing. I love the blueberry ones!

Isolated Foodie said...

I think I'll have to try dessert ones soon. The sweet ones you (and others) made just look so good!

Jude said...

Very nice pleating... I wish I had the manual dexterity to pull this off.

alana said...

These look just fabulous! I know what you mean about the empowerment- just the best. And welcome to the Daring Bakers... great job!

Woman with a Whisk said...

mmmm...blueberry blinzes. They sound wonderful! I love finding new ways to use ground turkey, so thank you!

Lauren said...

Wow! Your dumplings look amazing =D. I love the blueberry ones the best!!

Megan said...

Great job with these... all those different flavors must have taken forever!

Megan{Feasting on Art} said...

Wow I am impressed! Blueberry potstickers...so creative!!

thenotsoskinnykitchen said...

Oh, man, these look good! I am a big fan of potstickers, but they seemed like something that would be hard to make at home so I usually stick with a bag of frozen chicken potstickers from Trader Joe's. Maybe I'll have to try these :)

Mary said...

These turned out really well. Your dumplings and the photos of them are beautiful. Your blueberry dumplings took the challenge to a whole nother level. Kudos.

Kathlyn said...

Kimchee pot stickers? They are on the list for next time (which will be this weekend if I have anything to say about it)! Thanks for the great idea and the beautiful post.

climbhighak said...

Love the kimchee ones. I am going to do those soon. I have been on a Korean food kick lately anyway. Well done.

Michele said...

Gorgeous!

Elle said...

Three kinds...and all delicious! Your pot stickers look crispy, too. Glad you will be joining in the Daring Baker madness. :)

Evan said...

Glad to see someone mess around with the fillings. The blueberry oens look amazing!

ice tea: sugar high said...

That kimchee potsticker sounds like a winner to me =). Well done!

Nicole said...

Hi Amy! I was wondering, in using the ground turkey, did you find that there was enough fat to make them flavorful and that they didn't burn?
My husband and I want to try them but I don't eat pork... but we've read that you need the higher fat content to gather the same taste and such.

Anyhow, they all look delicious!

Amy I. said...

Nicole~ Thanks for writing! It's been quite a while now since I made these, but I remember the turkey ones coming out really well. Didn't burn and wasn't too dry. Enjoy!

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