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Gyoza

Gyoza are Chinese dumplings that have been stuffed with a flavored pork (or vegetarian) filling, fried, steamed then fried again until golden and crisp on the bottom.

When wheat won ton wrappers are used to make these fried Chinese dumplings, the sides of the dumpling (that don't get crispy) have a tender noodle texture. While the gluten free version is still soft and flexible, it does not have that same soft texture. It is a bit more dry - but when dipped in this yummy sauce they soak up all that flavorful liquid and are equally as delicious!

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Roll the dough as thin as you can, and cut using a round cookie cutter about the size of your palm. You can also use large glass, or a can if you don't have the right size of cookie cutter. Just make sure you dip the cutter in flour before you press out the dough. Use a pastry brush to dust off any excess flour from both sides of wrapper, then place on a lined baking sheet until ready to fill.Gyoza2

For the filling, combine everything together and let it sit so the flavors meld. Make sure you use a non-reactive bowl, like ceramic, glass, plastic, or stainless steel one. Using a reactive bowl - like aluminum or copper, with acidic ingredients (in this case soy sauce), will react with those metals and create a metallic taste in your food. GyozaFilling

Brush the wrapper with some water along its edge, or for a quicker method - use a light mist from spray bottle. Be sure not to over fill the wrappers, or when you fold it over the dough can tear.  Although if you want to have more filling, just cut your won ton wrappers larger.Gyoza3

As you fold the wrapper over, gently press out any air inside then press the edges to seal. Gyoza4

Press the dumpling on the surface gently to create a flat bottom. Then use two fingers to create 3-4 pinch pleats along the top edge (only one hand is shown in the picture below because I'm holding the camera with the other 🙂 Dust off any excess flour with a pastry brush.Gyoza5

In several batches, so as not to overcrowd the pan, fry them flat-side down for a few minutes.Gyoza6

Use the lid as a shield to prevent splatters when you add the water. Allow them to steam with the cover on for a few minutes.Gyoza7

Remove the cover and fry until the bottoms are golden and the filling is completely cooked. You may want to use a splatter screen at this point to prevent making a mess all over your stove.Gyoza8

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Serves: 40
Full of flavor, these fried dumpling are a perfect appy.
Ingredients
  • Oil for frying
Pork & Scallion Filling (makes about 2 cups)
  • 12oz lean ground pork
  • ⅔ cup scallions, green onions, or yellow onions, minced
  • ¼ cup Chinese cabbage, finely chopped (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup GF chicken stock
  • 2 Tbsp GF soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp cooking sherry
  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • Salt and pepper
Dipping Sauce
  • ¼ cup GF soy sauce
  • ¼ cup GF rice (or white) vinegar
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger and/or garlic, minced
  • ¼ tsp sesame oil
  • ½ tsp sugar, optional
  • 1 tsp chili oil, optional
Instructions
  1. For the filling: Combine all the ingredients together, mixing until well combined. Cover and let stand 30 minutes at room temperature for the flavors to blend. Drain off any liquid that was not absorbed.
  2. For dipping sauce: combine all ingredients together, set aside.
  3. Prepare won ton wrapper recipe as directed, using a 3½”-4” round cookie cutter to press them out. Use a pastry brush to gently dust off any excess flour from both sides of wrapper, then place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Cover with some plastic wrap to prevent them from drying out.
  4. To stuff: Placing a wrapper in your hand, brush around the edges with water to moisten. Spoon about 1 tsp of filling into center, leaving a ½” border. Fold wrapper in half, gently pressing out any air around the filling, then press along the wetted edges to seal.
  5. Place the half-moon shape, round edge up onto another parchment lined baking sheet. Use your fingers to pinch and pleat along the top edge, making about 3-4 pleats. Ensure the edges are completely sealed. Press the dumpling onto the counter a bit to create a flat bottom. Loosely cover with plastic wrap while you complete wrapping the remaining dumplings.
  6. To cook: In a large non-stick skillet, heat 2 Tbsp of oil over med-high heat. Place dumplings, flat side down into pan. Don’t over crowd the pan, make sure there is space between each (may have to do in several batches). Cover and fry for 1-2 minutes, or until bottoms start to turn golden.
  7. Carefully pour in ⅓ cup of water (oil will splatter up, so use lid as a shield), reduce heat to medium, cover and for 3 minutes. Then move cover so it is slightly ajar to allow some steam to escape, and cook another 2 minutes. Once most of the water has evaporated, remove lid and cook another 2-4 minutes until bottoms are crisp and filling is thoroughly cooked (cut one in half to check).
  8. Serve immediately with dipping sauce.
Notes
For the dipping sauce, the main base for the sauce is equal parts soy sauce and vinegar. All the other ingredients are optional and added to taste.

 

 

7 Responses to Gyoza

  1. Kathy February 15, 2015 at 7:14 am #

    I have been missing Chinese food as I am extremely sensitive to gluten. I react to most gluten-free products, although I have been able to find a small number that I can eat. Where can I find "very pure gluten-free" wonton wrappers? I would love to make this recipe. Thank you so much!

    • Marla Hingley
      Marla Hingley February 15, 2015 at 10:06 am #

      I haven't found any gluten free wrappers at any grocery or specialty stores yet, which is why I created my own recipe. If you click on the link for 'GF Won Ton Wrappers' in the recipe box, it will redirect you to our recipe. They really don't take that much extra time to prepare, it is really an easy dough to work with (while the filling is marinating, you can make the wrappers).

  2. Sybil February 20, 2015 at 12:29 pm #

    where is the link to Won Ton wrappers?.

    • Marla Hingley
      Marla Hingley February 20, 2015 at 12:34 pm #

      Within the recipe box in the ingredient list, if you click on the word Won Ton Wrappers (its blue and underlined), it will redirect you to the recipe.

  3. Annie February 20, 2015 at 6:53 pm #

    thank you for the recipe for won ton. I love them and haven't have any since I found out that I was celiac. thanks again for the infro.

    • Marla Hingley
      Marla Hingley February 20, 2015 at 7:02 pm #

      You are very welcome, I hope you enjoy them!

  4. Rita Carey March 16, 2015 at 6:27 am #

    Can't wait to try your recipes...especially the Won Tons! Thanks!

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