Monday, June 15, 2009

June Daring Cooks - POTSTICKERS!

The second Daring Cooks' challenge is hosted by Jen of http://userealbutter.com/ and it is Chinese dumplings which can be steamed, boiled or fried (called potstickers). Jen, thank you so, so much for the delightful challenge!!

She had posted a pork filling that I used. I made the full version, cooked up some and froze the rest. The filling was amazing! It is full of cabbage, mushrooms, ginger, pork, soy sauce, and bean sprouts.



I had trouble making the wontons, as I could not figure out how much dough I needed to start. The dough itself is great to work with, but my first wontons were very small and only a little bit of filling was in each one. It was a struggle between not wanting too much dougn, because I didn't want them to be doughy, and too little, because I wanted to be able to actually taste the filling.



When I fried them, I think I added too much water to the steaming step of making potstickers, and where I had too much dough, they came out chewy. There were definitely moments of divineness though, and I would love to try these again.



See you all next month!

8 comments:

Audax said...

Wow they look good to me and I really like your very honest comments and thanks for your nice comments on my blog. Kudos on this challenge.

Esther said...

They look good to me and you got to try something different which is the best bit about the Daring kitchen.

Becca said...

I totally know what you mean about the amount of dough to use. It was a bit of trial-and-error for me also. Glad to see it worked out for you! They look great.

Kristine said...

The one in the picture looks the right size and shape to me. I mangled a couple so badly that I threw them away without cooking them. Congrats on a job well done.

Mary said...

They look awfully nice to me. I think you did a great job. Congratulations.

Jen Yu said...

Your dumplings look great and no matter what size you make the dumplings, that's the right size :) It's all a matter of how you like it. For parties, I make them small (like one or two bites) and for dinner, I make them larger - like 3 bites. Totally up to you. The pleating is picture perfect, by the way :) Great job on your challenge!!

ice tea: sugar high said...

they're perfectly fine. Don't be too hard on yourself. Those crispy bottoms looked spot on to me =)

lisamichele said...

Mine came out a little thicker than I would have preferred, bu hey, next time I know. I think yours look fabulous. Some of mine ended up looking like shar peis..lol