There was a time when approximately half of my diet consisted of potsticker wrappers. Not full potstickers — just the doughy outsides that had been flavored with juicy innards. Doughy potstickers whose fillings were held together like a little meatball were the easiest to eat and therefore the best. Those with mushy fillings that exploded everywhere when you unwrapped them made my shit list (though I was four, so it wasn’t actually called my shit list).
Since the day I could say thoy thauce — that’s “soy sauce” with a lisp — my favorite potstickers have been my mother’s. Which is unusual because she’s my Jewish parent…my dad’s the Chinese one. He may be why I have a deep love for Chinese food in the first place, but sometime early on, my mother took a dim sum class and came up with a recipe for unbelievable potstickers.
My family makes them every year for Chrismukkah at our annual Dumplings of the World festival. The festival typically consists of a rotating selection of five or six dumplings. We’ve made bao, empanadas, gnocchi — anything doughy. We often try new recipes, but one constant of the menu is these potstickers. Everyone loves them.
And we wouldn’t dare go near store bought wrappers. Our wrappers are thick, and they house a gingery chicken filling that holds itself together if you’re just going for the dough.
For me, nothing says the holidays like folding my own potstickers and then eating as many as I can while watching The Santa Claus for the trillionth time.
Makes about 20
For the wrappers:
2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 cup boiling water
1/2 cup cold water
For the filling:
1 pound ground chicken
2 teaspoons each: sugar, soy sauce, and rice vinegar
Black pepper to taste
1 teaspoon ground ginger
2 stalks green onion, minced
1/4 cup chicken broth
1 pinch red chili flakes
Oil for frying the potstickers (I use canola)