Avocado and Shiitake Pot Stickers
Yields 12 pot stickers
Per 3 dumplings
1 avocado, diced small
1⁄2 cup shiitake mushrooms, diced
1⁄2 block silken tofu, crumbled
1 clove garlic, minced
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon soy sauce
12 vegan dumpling wrappers
Water for steaming
In a small bowl, gently mash together all ingredients, except wrappers, just until mixed and crumbly.
Place about 11⁄2 teaspoons of the filling in the middle of each wrapper. Fold in half and pinch closed, forming little pleats. You may want to dip your fingertips in water to help the dumplings stay sealed if needed.
To steam: Carefully place a layer of dumplings in a steamer, being sure the dumplings don’t touch. Place steamer above boiling water and allow to cook, covered, for 3–4 minutes.
Whether Steamed or Fried …
In dumpling houses across East Asia, dumplings are served with a little bowl of freshly grated ginger, and diners create a simple dipping sauce from the various condiments on the table. To try it, pour some rice vinegar and a touch of soy sauce over a bit of ginger and add hot chili oil to taste.