Pork Potstickers

pork popstickers

Meat, Starters | October 16, 2017 | By

Hi all! Leaving on vacation this week so here’s a guest post from food blogger (and fellow Atlantan), Amy, with Amy in the Kitchen! I met Amy in Minneapolis this summer where we both attended an awesome food photography class hosted by Pinch of Yum. You could say that we really took notes and learned a ton from the experts about the art of food photography. Anyway, Amy was kind enough to contribute her Pork Potstickers recipe for the blog this week. Looks SO delish, Amy!  Enjoy, everyone!

pork potstickers“Pork Potstickers are one of my all time favorite appetizers!  I can remember the first time I have ever had a potsticker. It was 1992 and I had just started my first serving job at a really nice Japanese restaurant in Memphis, TN called Sekisui. When I took a bite out of one these savory little dumplings I couldn’t believe how amazing it tasted … It was infused with exotic flavors that I had never experienced before. I grew up in southern Louisiana … home to some of the best food in the world so I went into the taste test a little on the biased side.”

pork potstickers“There was something so different about this wonderful new type of cuisine I was experiencing. It might sound silly but it was after eating my first pork potsticker that I really wanted to start trying new things. You could say that the ‘gyoza’ was the start of my food obsession! Forget about those frozen potstickers you find at the grocery store … they are way too easy to make.”

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Pork Potstickers
 
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Serves: 40 potstickers
Ingredients
  • 1½ pounds ground pork
  • 1 cup shredded cabbage mixture (I buy the bag already shredded with carrots and then finely chop a cup of it)
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1 inch ginger, grated
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 package of wonton wrappers
  • Dipping Sauce:
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 green onion, chopped
Instructions
  1. Place ingredients into a bowl and mix until fully combined. (If you can do this ahead of time and let sit in fridge for a few hours or overnight the flavors will be even better!)
  2. Take a wonton wrapper and lay it out flat onto a hard surface lined with parchment paper.
  3. Using your finger, rub warm water onto the edges of the wonton wrapper.
  4. Place a teaspoon of the pork mixture into the center of the wonton.
  5. Take one corner and pull the opposite corner up and pinch them together.
  6. Starting from the top, pinch the sides together until the wonton is sealed.
  7. Spray the bottom of a non-stick skillet with cooking spray.
  8. Place the potstickers, flat side down into the skillet and turn the heat to medium high heat.
  9. Once the pan starts to heat up, pour ½ cup of water into the bottom of the pan and cover.
  10. Cook the potstickers for about 8 minutes. Do not move them at all during this time.
  11. Remove the cover and continue to cook the potstickers until the water is completely evaporated and the bottoms are golden brown.
  12. Dipping sauce: Combine the ingredients in a small bowl. Serve on the side of potstickers.
Notes
Recipe courtesy of Amy in the Kitchen

If you liked this recipe, try our Roasted Butternut Squash Wonton Bites

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Thai Turkey Burgers with Spicy Aioli

Thai turkey burgers

Main, Poultry | September 18, 2017 | By

Simply can’t let go of summer? Light up your BBQ and get grillin’ with these juicy Thai Turkey Burgers! They couldn’t be easier to make, and they are filled with such awesome Asian flavors. The secret ingredient is the Thai mixture with fresh cilantro and mint, shallots, ginger, carrots, and spicy jalapeño peppers. Fold it into your ground turkey to make the juiciest of burgers. Then top it all off with a slightly spicy aioli sauce and lots of other yummy toppings that will make the perfect burger bite! Of course, you need a cold brewsky to go with. It’s football season after all! 

Thai turkey burgersJuicy Thai Turkey Burgers are what’s cookin’ on the grill for your next football party!

easy Thai sauceThe turkey burger’s flavor is in the Thai mixture with fresh cilantro, mint, shallots, ginger, carrots, and spicy jalapeño peppers.

Thai turkey burgersThe aioli sauce is oozing with spicy goodness from the sambal oelek (red chili paste). Top your Thai turkey burger with your favorites like avocado slices, shredded lettuce, and jalapeño peppers!

Thai turkey burgersYou’ll go for seconds (maybe thirds!) with this Thai Turkey Burger recipe. Fire up the grill for this dish even when it’s cold outside!

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Thai Turkey Burgers with Spicy Aioli
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ pounds ground turkey
  • For the Thai mixture:
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro (stems included)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint
  • 1 large shallot, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablepspoon fresh ginger, chopped
  • 1 carrot, cut into chunks
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and cut into pieces
  • 1 ½ tablespoons fish sauce
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • For the Aioli:
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ teaspoon sambal oelek
  • Juice from half a lime
  • For the toppings:
  • 4 large buns
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • 1 large jalapeño pepper, seeded and sliced
  • 1 large avocado, pitted and sliced
  • 1 small red onion, cut into thin slices
Instructions
  1. Place the ground turkey in a large mixing bowl and set aside. In a small food processor add the cilantro, mint, shallots, ginger, carrots, jalapeño pepper, fish sauce, and a pinch of ground pepper. Pulse until very finely chopped. Add the mixture to the mixing bowl and knead the mixture into the turkey until thoroughly combined. Form burger patties and place on a cookie sheet. Sprinkle patties with extra ground pepper.
  2. To make the aioli: Add the mayonnaise, sambal oelek, and lime juice into a small mixing bowl and whisk until well-combined. Set aside.
  3. Heat a grill over medium-high heat and grill the burgers until just cooked through, about 10 minutes, turning once.
  4. To assemble: Place a large dollop of aioli sauce on top of the burger, then top with lettuce, jalapeño peppers, slices of avocado, and red onions. Serve with chips or your favorite salad!
Notes
Adapted from: Food & Wine

If you liked this recipe, try our White Fish Cakes with Sriracha

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Instant Pot Korean-Inspired Pulled Pork

Korean pulled pork

Meat | September 11, 2017 | By

Ninety minutes to make a fantastic Korean dish? Heck, yeah! This Korean-inspired pulled pork recipe is a sticky, slightly spicy, flavorful take on pulled pork, made fast in your Instant Pot pressure cooker! We borrowed this recipe from Lane Patten with the awesome food blog, With Two Spoons. You can just smell the aromas wafting through your kitchen from the wonderful Korean flavors like gochujang sauce, garlic and ginger, sesame oil, and other seasonings. Lane uses boneless pork shoulder that literally falls apart once cooked in the slow cooker. Top it with a poached egg, so pretty! Makes a quick meal for those busy weeks now that school’s back in session! Enjoy, and thank you Lane!

Korean Pulled PorkThe pork shoulder literally falls apart once cooked in the pressure cooker! So tender and flavorful, serve this dish over sticky rice for the perfect and quick meal for your family.

Korean Pulled PorkA poached egg is so pretty on top of this delicious Korean-inspired pulled pork recipe. Everything tastes good with an egg on top!

Korean pulled porkOne bite of this tender Korean pulled pork and you’ll go for seconds, and thirds!

[Photo credits: Lane Patten/With Two Spoons]

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Pressure Cooker Korean-Inspired Pulled Pork
 
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Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • 4 pound boneless pork shoulder, trimmed and cut into 4 pieces
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¾ cup water
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup gochujang sauce
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 Tablespoon lime zest
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated ginger
  • Rice for serving
  • Optional garnishes: sliced green onions, lime zest, sesame seeds, peanuts, poached egg
Instructions
  1. In a medium-sized bowl combine garlic, water, soy sauce, gochujang sauce, brown sugar, rice vinegar, sesame oil, lime zest, lime juice and grated ginger to make a sauce. Press sauté button on the Instant Pot. Place pork into the Instant Pot and sear, turning pork every 2 minutes. Pour sauce over the pork in the Instant Pot. Press the manual button on the Instant Pot. Adjust time to 45 minutes. Press the start button and the Instant Pot will start coming to pressure (Will take approximately 10 minutes to get to pressure, and then will start a count down).
  2. When the Instant Pot beeps (after the 45 minutes have counted down), allow natural pressure release (this will go faster if you turn the Instant Pot off, but this is not necessary). Natural pressure release will take approximately 30 minutes.
  3. Remove pork from the Instant pot and pull with two forks. Add a few tablespoons of sauce to keep pork moist. Press sauté button on Instant Pot. Reduce the sauce to desired thickness (I prefer my sauce thin so it soaks into the rice, but if you prefer your sauce thicker, combine 2 tablespoons of cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of water to make a slurry, and then add to sauce while reducing.) Serve pork over rice and drizzle with sauce. Garnish with options listed above!
Notes
This recipe is from With Two Spoons: https://withtwospoons.com/instant-pot-korean-inspired-pulled-pork/

If you liked this recipe, try our Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwich (Bánh Mì):

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