When planning out this week’s meals, I saw that we were going to be getting a long stretch of cold and rainy days, which means I needed to plan some warming and delicious meals. Of course, now that Bill is sick, it’s doubly important to fill him up with good things to force all the bad out. He cheered when he saw Inside-Out Potstickers on the week’s meal plan and couldn’t wait for me to make it yesterday when I got home from work. I think he was getting a little tired of cinnamon toast after a few days of it…
Based on Inside-Out Pork Dumplings from Pink of Perfection, this dish is simple to put together and to enjoy! The lean pork and fresh bok choy give this dish a fresh and light feeling while still filling you up with savory flavors and wonton ‘noodles’. Even though the only real seasonings are ginger, garlic, vinegar and soy sauce, they combine to make a delicious, complex sauce. You can substitute ground chicken or turkey in place of the pork; we’ve done so before and it’s still one heck of a tasty dish.
- 1½ teaspoon wok oil*
- 1½ teaspoon sesame oil*
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper powder
- 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 Tablespoon minced ginger
- 1 pound ground pork
- 1 pound baby bok choy, cut into 1½ inch pieces
- 1 Tablespoon white vinegar**
- 1 Tablespoon rice vinegar**
- 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
- 20 – 30 fresh wonton wrappers
- Heat oils and red pepper in a skillet over medium heat. When oil is heated, add ginger and garlic to the skillet and cook for 1-2 minutes, or until fragrant.
- Add pork to skillet and mix well until cooked through, about 3 minutes.
- Combine bok choy into skillet, cover and steam for 5 minutes, or until tender.
- While the bok choy steams, bring a pot of water to boil. When water is boiling, add the wonton wrappers, one by one. Cook for one minute, then drain.
- Add wonton wrappers to skillet after the bok choy has steamed and toss. Top with vinegars and soy sauce, mixing well to allow the flavors to combine.
This recipe has both simple directions and simple ingredients, but the flavors are anything but plain! The use of wonton wrappers as a sort of noodles combines very well with the savory potsticker filling and steamed bok choy.
* You can use 1 Tablespoon sesame or olive oil in place of this combination, if need be.
** If you don’t have rice vinegar, use 1 Tablespoon white vinegar in its place.