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Pea & Ricotta Potstickers

Potstickers with a spring twist! Serve with a side of black vinegar or chili oil.

Winni Wanderer | Pea & Ricotta Potstickers


·         2 cups plus 6 Tbsp. (300 g) all-purpose flour (optional); plus, more for dusting

·         1 small bunch chives

·         2 cups fresh or frozen peas (about 10 oz.)

·         1 garlic clove

·         ½ tsp. Diamond Crystal or ¼ tsp. Morton kosher salt, plus more

·         Freshly ground black pepper

·         ¼ cup fresh ricotta

·         24 store-bought dumpling wrappers (optional)

·         2–3 Tbsp. grapeseed oil or vegetable oil, divided

·         Black (Chinkiang) vinegar and/or chili oil or chile crisp (for serving)


Step 1

To make dumpling dough, bring 1 cup water to a boil in a kettle or small saucepan and let cool for 2 minutes. (If you are using store-bought wrappers, skip to step 4.)

Step 2

Meanwhile, set a large heatproof bowl on a kitchen towel (to stop it from moving around). Pour in 2 cups plus 6 Tbsp. (300 g) all-purpose flour and make a well in the center. Using a wooden spoon or chopsticks, stir flour as you gradually add ¾ cup of the just-boiled water in a steady stream. Try to moisten the flour as evenly as possible. Once the water has been added, mixture should look very shaggy. Being careful as the dough will be very hot, carefully knead in the bowl until dough comes together in a single mass—if the dough is very dry and will not come together, add more warm water, a teaspoonful at a time, until more workable.

Step 3

Transfer dough to a very lightly floured surface and knead (by now it won’t be hot) with the heel of your hand until smooth and elastic, about 3 minutes. Wrap dough tightly in plastic and place in a resealable plastic bag. Let sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes and up to 2 hours. The dough will steam in the bag and become softer and easier to work with as it sits.

Step 4

While the dough is sitting, make the filling. Finely chop enough from 1 small bunch chives to measure out 2 Tbsp. Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil and cook 2 cups fresh or frozen peas (about 10 oz.) until bright green, about 30 seconds. Drain in a colander or mesh sieve and transfer to a food processor or blender. Finely grate in 1 garlic clove on a microplane. Blend until you have a chunky mash.

Step 5

Scrape pea purée into a medium bowl; add chopped chives and ½ tsp. Diamond Crystal or ¼ tsp. Morton kosher salt; season with freshly ground black pepper. Stir in ¼ cup fresh ricotta; taste—the mixture should almost be too salty—and season with more salt if needed.

Step 6

Now, move back to your dough: Cut dough into 4 equal pieces. Working with 1 piece at a time and keeping remaining pieces covered with a damp kitchen towel, roll into a log. Cut log into 6 equal pieces and roll each piece into a ball. Roll out each ball into a 3½"-diameter round. The correct technique may take some time to master, but the basic principle is to roll the edges of the dough a bit thinner than the center. Hold your dowel in your dominant hand and use your other hand to turn the dough as you roll the edges. Set wrappers aside on a lightly floured surface and cover with a damp kitchen towel. (Work in sets of 6 dumplings—roll 6 wrappers, fold 6 dumplings, then proceed to the next piece of dough, but find a workflow that feels right to you.)

Step 7

If you are just starting out, this alternate technique might be easier: Lightly dust your work surface and dowel with flour and roll out dough as thinly as you can, about 1/16" is ideal. Use a well-floured 3½"-diameter biscuit cutter to cut out rounds. Flour rounds well and cover with a kitchen towel. Reroll scraps and continue cutting out rounds until you have used all of the dough. If the dough becomes resistant to rolling, cover and let rest until it softens again. You should get 24–30 wrappers, depending on how thinly you roll out the dough.

Step 8

If you are using store-bought dumpling wrappers, have a small bowl of water on hand—dip the very edges of the wrapper into the water and rotate it to wet the edge all the way around. If you are using homemade wrappers, there is no need to wet the edges (unless they have been defrosted from frozen). Using a pastry brush, brush off any excess flour from wrapper. Then, holding wrapper in the palm of your hand, place about 2 tsp. filling in the center. Fold one side of wrapper up and over filling to form a semicircle; pleat edge, working from one corner to the other. Transfer to a baking sheet and situate them so the pleated edge is upright and they have a flat bottom. Cover with a damp kitchen towel and repeat with remaining wrappers and filling.

Step 9

Heat 1 Tbsp. grapeseed oil or vegetable oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high. Working in batches (10–12 depending on the size of your skillet) and adding 1–2 Tbsp. grapeseed oil or vegetable oil to skillet between batches as needed, cook dumplings, flat side down, until bottoms are lightly browned, about 2 minutes (if the dumplings are browning too quickly, reduce heat to medium). Immediately add 3 Tbsp. water (just enough to cover the base of the dumplings). Be very careful as water will sizzle furiously when it hits the pan. Cover pan and cook until water is evaporated, about 2 minutes. Uncover and cook dumplings until bottoms are crispy, about 30 seconds.

Step 10

Transfer dumplings to plates as you go. Serve with black (Chinkiang) vinegar and/or chili oil or chile crisp.

Step 11

Do ahead: Dough can be made 1 day ahead. Wrap tightly and chill after kneading (no need to rest at room temperature first). Roll out while still cold. Dumpling wrappers can be made 1 month ahead; generously dust both sides with potato starch, tapioca starch, or cornstarch. Stack in bundles of 10–15 (this makes defrosting quicker), wrap in plastic, and place in a resealable freezer bag or airtight container. Let thaw at room temperature before using. (The layer of starch means you will need to use water to seal dumplings.) Dumplings can be filled and formed 1 month ahead. Freeze in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet until firm, then transfer to a resealable freezer bag.


Source: “Pea & Ricotta Potstickers with Homemade Dumpling Wrappers”. Recipe. N.p. 11 Apr. 2021. Web. 15 Mar. 2024.


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