What surprise lurks in the heart of this Japanese gyoza dumpling?
This one’s easy; in fact, taking the photos took much longer than making this simple dessert. Plus, I had the help of my assistant, the lovely Ms. E., in putting them together, so it can truthfully be said that even a child can make these.
These tiny desserts take a little effort to put together but cook in minutes.
- 1 peach, peeled and diced small
- 1 pluot or plum, diced small
- 1 tsp. agave nectar or sweetener of choice (see note)
- ½ tsp. corn starch
- ⅛ tsp. cinnamon
- ½ tbsp. wine of choice (I used Pinot Grigio)
- ½ tsp. lemon juice
- about 20 gyoza wrappers (or potstickers or wonton wrappers), see Notes below
- Put the diced fruit into a microwavable bowl and add all ingredients (except the wrappers). Nuke for 2 minutes, stirring after one minute.
- Set a steamer basket over water that comes just below the bottom of the basket. If you’re using a metal steamer, spray it lightly with non-stick spray. Remove one wrapper at a time, keeping the rest of the stack covered with a damp cloth. Place about 1-2 teaspoons of fruit filling on the wrapper, brush the edges with water, then fold one edge over the fruit. Press it together to seal, starting from the bottom (close to the fold) in order to keep the juices from running out. Stand it up on the fold, press it down slightly to form a flat base, and crimp the edges a little to form ruffles. (If you’re using wonton wrappers, you will form a triangle and may not be able to get the same ruffled effect.) Put it on its bottom in the steamer and repeat with the other wrappers.
- Bring the water to a boil, and steam for about 7 minutes. Remove from the steamer and keep them in a covered container–they do dry out quickly if you’re not careful.
Vegan gyoza can be hard to find, though they are a little more available than vegan eggroll wrappers. Look for them in Asian grocery stores, and always check to make sure there is no egg in the ingredients.
I added a little stevia to the filling to make it sweeter, so you may want to consider adding a little more sweetening, depending on the sweetness of the fruit.
Preparation time: 30 minute(s) | Cooking time: 10 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 4
Serving size: 5 gyoza. Calories: 126; Fat grams: less than 1; Carbs: 26; Sugar: 6.2; Sodium: 183; Fiber: 1.5; Protein: 3.6
Makes a nice afternoon snack for…um…let’s say 3 people. E. said, and I quote, “5-stars, kid-friendly, recipe of the week!”