Monday, February 15, 2010

Pot Stickers, part II

So now it's the evening before darling son has to bring the pot stickers to school. Computer whiz that he is, he has already emailed his PowerPoint presentation to the teacher. "But darling son," I ask, "you haven't included the fry/steam part of the pot sticker making." "That's OK," he assured me. "I added at the end that you then put them in the oven to bake." Ooo-kaaay. Since the teacher is from mainland China, there's a slight chance that she might know that the last part does not quite ring true. Anyway, to finish cooking them up the correct way, bring out your frying implement. As you can see here, I used my dutch oven, since it's wider than my puny frying pan, and I didn't want to spend the entire night finishing these babies. Especially when House is coming on in a half hour. Add a couple tablespoons of oil, just enough to cover the bottom, and turn up the flame to medium-high. When the oil starts to shimmer (but before the smoke detectors start blaring), place a bunch of the frozen pot stickers in, flat side down. No need to defrost 'em. Leave a little room between each, don't crowd. After about 3-4 minutes, carefully pour in a 1/2 cup of water (keep your face and any other favorite body parts away to avoid scalding) then immediately cover the pan. Lower the flame a little, then steam the 'stickers for 2 minutes. Uncover, then continue to cook another minute or just until almost all the water has boiled off. Then take the pot off the flame and, using a spatula, lift the pot stickers onto a serving platter. Cover the platter to keep the pot stickers warm. If some of the wrappers remained stuck, move the pan back onto the flame, add some more water and, just like deglazing, boil the water while gently scraping off the stuck pieces. Then carefully pour off the yucky water. Repeat 500 times, or until all the pot stickers are cooked. Eat the broken or otherwise imperfect ones. Wrap up the 10 remaining ones for darling son to take to school. UPDATE! I asked darling son how the pot stickers went over at school. He kinda mumbled - Ehhh - Okay, what did the teacher say? - Mumble, mumble, mumble - Did anyone like them? - A few kids ate them - So how did the presentation go? -"They" didn't get up to me yet - **sigh**

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