Pumpkin Gyoza

The end product will be a fabulous sweet, salty, spicy and tangy explosion of flavors that will make everyone come back for more. Make sure you plan accordingly and prepare plenty ahead of time, because each one of your guests will easily devour 4 to 5 per person. Enjoy!

Recipe courtesy Todd Porter and Diane Cu
TOTAL TIME: 1 hr
Prep: 45 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 15 min
 
YIELD: Makes about 2 1/2 dozen gyoza
LEVEL: Intermediate

ingredients

GINGER SOY DIPPING SAUCE:
  • 2 tablespoons of light soy sauce
  • 1-inch knob of ginger, grated or finely minced
    GYOZA:
    • 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree
    • Approximately 1.5-inch knob of ginger, peeled and grated
    • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder
    • 1 package gyoza ( dumpling) wrapper
    • Small bowl of water for sealing gyoza edges
    • About 4 tablespoons of vegetable oil for searing gyoza bottom
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    Directions

    In small bowl, combine dipping sauce ingredients and set aside.

    In medium bowl, combine pumpkin puree, grated ginger, cinnamon and chili powder and mix well. Place about 1 heaping teaspoon of pumpkin filling into center of each wrapper. Do not overfill. Brush a bit of water on edges of wrapper and gently fold the dumpling wrapper. Pinch edges in the center of the arc to seal. To get the folded edges, gently create several folds on one side of the wrapper and pinch it to the flat side to seal.

    Heat large saucepan on medium heat and add about 1 tablespoon of oil, or until pan is lightly coated with oil. Gently place gyoza with bottoms down on pan. Cook the gyoza until the bottoms are crisp. Gently add about 1 tablespoon of water into pan (caution - it will splatter with the remaining oil in the pan), swirl to let water coat the whole bottom of pan, then quickly place lid on. Continue cooking gyoza for about 5 minutes or until water has evaporated and gyoza are steamed to a soft touch.

    Serve with dipping sauce.

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