Peanut Butter for the Hungry

Gingered Peanut-Beef PotstickersServes: Makes about 26 potstickers

These scrumptious hors d’oeuvres are bound to be the start of a new holiday tradition. Not only will you look like a seasoned chef, but your guests will also be asking you to share your culinary secrets. Coupled with a zesty peanut dipping sauce and some ornamental greens, these delicious dumplings won’t stick around for long!


1 pkg (400 g)
small egg roll wrappers (3 inches/8 cm square) or small egg roll wrappers (3 inches/8 cm square) 1 pkg (400 g)
2 tbsp peanut oil 25 mL

Gingered Peanut-Beef Filling:

8 oz lean ground beef or pork 250 g
1/4 cup salted blanched peanuts, finely chopped 50 mL
1 green onion, finely diced 1
1 tbsp fresh ginger root, minced 15 mL
Pinch salt Pinch

Soy Peanut Dipping Sauce:

2 cloves garlic, minced 2
1/4 cup chicken stock 50 mL
2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce 25 mL
2 tsp sesame oil 10 mL
Pinch hot pepper flakes Pinch
2 tbsp smooth peanut butter 25 mL


Sauce: In small microwave-safe bowl, combine garlic, stock, peanut butter, soy sauce, sesame oil and hot pepper flakes. Microwave at HIGH for 30 seconds. Whisk until smooth.

Filling: In bowl, stir together beef, peanuts, green onion, ginger, salt and 3 tbsp (45 mL) of the dipping sauce. Place 2 tsp (10 mL) filling in centre of a wonton wrapper. Wet edges with water. Fold wrapper in half to enclose filling, pressing edges together to stick. Set on work surface seam side up; pleat seam and press potsticker gently into work surface so it will stand flat with pleated seam side up. Repeat with remaining filling.

In large nonstick frying pan, heat 1 tbsp (15 mL) of oil over medium heat. Add half the dumplings, pinched side up and keeping separate. Add enough water so dumplings are three quarters covered, about 1 cup (250 mL). Cover pan and cook over high heat for 6 minutes or until water evaporates. There will be some viscous, floury looking liquid around base of potstickers. Uncover and cook over medium heat for 3 minutes, or until bottoms are golden and crusty. Transfer potstickers to serving dish, being careful not to break them when removing from pan. Repeat with remaining oil and potstickers. Serve warm with remaining dipping sauce.

Nutritional Information:

Calories: 141
Protein: 6.2 g
Total Fat: 8.7 g (of which 3.1 g is monounsaturated)
Carbohydrates: 9.5 g