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Happy Lunar New Year!

It is a very special year as my youngest son was also born in the Year of the Dragon. Tonight we will be celebrating “easy-style” with Chinese takeout but I did take a little bit of time to make it even more special by putting together this table for the family to enjoy.

If you are saving time by ordering in like me, I won’t tell 😉 But if you have a desire to cook tonight, here is a recipe that is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters.

This recipe for Potstickers is one that  I posted last year as a guest post on the Girl Power Hour Blog as part of my Fabulous Feasting series.

“Each year the Lunar New Year in China is the official celebration of the coming of spring, and while customs vary from region to region, you can be sure that family and food are always a factor.  If you are looking to celebrate at home with some loved ones, why not try your hand at these delicious appetizers? Whether you call them dumplings, gyoza, or potstickers, this recipe is a sure to please a crowd!

POTSTICKERS:

  • 1 package of 44 round dumpling wrappers
  • 1 lb ground pork (uncooked)
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 5 minced green onions
  • 1/4 head of napa cabbage – chopped fine
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 shredded carrot
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh gingerroot
  • 1/2 Tablespoon rice wine vinegar

Mix all ingredients except for the wrappers together in a large bowl.

Fill wrappers generously and close by wetting your fingers with water and crimping ends.

Heat frying pan. Add 1 Tablespoon of vegetable oil, then over medium heat fry until one side is brown. Add 1/2 cup of water and steam 3-4 minutes until done.

Dipping sauce:

  • 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger

Combine all ingredients and serve with warm dumplings.

Add some fried rice and BBQ pork and you have a meal. Enjoy!”

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