With all of their intricate crimps and folds, dumplings like potstickers can seem intimidating to the home cook. Luckily, Food Orleans demonstrates that while these pretty little packages may be time-consuming, they can be made at home with relative ease. Try her Cajun spin on the Asian nibble, or follow her step-by-step photos using your filling of choice.
Paul and I love to eat treats! Anything small, bite-sized, warm, and savory pretty much does the trick. And the best thing about these potstickers is that they're easy to cook—really, really easy. You have to be in a bit of a crafting mood to fill them and pleat their little edges, but the cooking itself is easy-peasy.
Normally, potstickers are filled with raw pork or shrimp and cabbage, and the filling gets cooked as the dumplings steam. . . but I always have trouble getting the filling to cook through before the wonton wrappers become sad little soggy flaps. Using a cooked filling, such as boudin (sausage made from minced pork and rice), solves the cooking problem PLUS makes great use of local ingredients, or even leftovers. If you don't have boudin or greens, or don't like one or both of those things, use other cooked meats, seafood, or vegetables. Just make sure everything is chopped really fine before stuffing the potstickers.