Pork & Shrimp Potstickers
Makes about 40 pieces
1 pound naturally fed ground pork
1 pound small shrimp, completely peeled, 1/4 inch dice
¾ cup chopped scallions
1 tablespoon minced ginger
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons sesame oil
½ pound hot water dough
Canola or Grapeseed oil for cooking
Serve with dim sum dipper
Hot water dough
2 cups water
4 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
1. In a bowl inserted in a larger bowl of ice, mix together the pork, shrimp, scallions. Add the ginger, soy sauce and sesame oil. Do not over mix. Take a small sample and pan sear or cook in microwave to taste for seasoning.
2. To fill the pot stickers, place about ½ tablespoon of the filling in the center of each wrapper. Avoid getting filling on the edges of the wrapper, which would prevent proper sealing. Fold each wrapper in half to form a half-moon shape. Seal the top center of each dumpling by pressing between the fingers and, starting at the center, make 3 pleats, working toward the bottom right. Repeat, working toward the bottom left corner. Press the dumplings down gently on the work surface to flatten the bottoms.
3. Heat a large nonstick skillet over high heat. Add the oil and swirl to coat. When the oil shimmers, add the pot stickers, flattened bottoms down, in rows of five, and cook in batches without disturbing until brown, about 6 minutes. Add about ½ cup of water and immediately cover to avoid splattering. Lift the cover and make sure about 1/8 inch of water remains in the pan; if not, add a bit more. Steam until the pot stickers are puffy yet firm and the water has evaporated, 8 to 10 minutes. If the water evaporates before the pot stickers are done, add more in ¼-cup increments. If the pot stickers seem done but water remains in the pan, drain it and return the pan to the stove top.
4. Continue to cook over high heat to allow the pot stickers to recrisp on the bottom, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer the pot stickers to a platter and serve with the dipping sauce.
Making the dough:
1. To make the dough, bring the water to a boil. In a large stainless-steel bowl, combine the flour and salt.
2. Slowly add the boiling water in ¼-cup increments, mixing with chopsticks until a ball is formed and the dough is no longer too hot to handle. All the water may not be needed.
3. Knead the dough on a floured work surface until it becomes smooth and elastic, 15 to 20 minutes.
4. Form the dough into a ball, return it to the bowl, and cover it with a damp cloth. Allow the dough to rest for 1 hour.