Easy cheese and shrimp gyozas (east/west)

Yield: 4 servings

Measure Ingredient
½ pounds Medium shrimp (41 to 40 per pound) shelled and deveined
1½ teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Finely minced ginger or ginger juice
2 teaspoons Dry sherry or rice wine
1 teaspoon Cornstarch
5 Fresh water chestnuts, finely chopped
2 Green onions, chopped
1½ tablespoon Chopped fresh coriander
2 Chinese sausages, finely chopped
1¼ cup Grated Monterey Jack cheese (about 5 ounces)
1 pack Round siu mai wrappers or won ton wrappers
(see note)
1 tablespoon Oil
⅔ cup Chicken stock
1½ cup Heavy cream
1 tablespoon Lime juice

Salt and white pepper to taste Sprigs of fresh coriander Toss the shrimp with 1 teaspoon of the salt and let stand for 10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly, drain and pat dry.

Finely chop shrimp and put them in a mixing bowl.

Add remaining salt, ginger, rice wine, cornstarch, water chestnuts, green onions, coriander, sausage and cheese to mix- ture; mix thoroughly.

If you are using won ton wrappers, trim the corner to make a circle.

Place 1 heaping teaspoon filling in the center of 1 wrapper. Moisten the edge of the wrapper with water and fold in half to enclose filling and form a half-circle. Pinch the edges together to seal.

Set on a baking sheet; cover with a towel. Repeat with remaining filling and wrappers.

To cook and sauce 4 servings, add 1 tablespoon of the oil to a 10-inch nonstick skillet and set over medium heat.

Arrange 12 gyozas in one single layer; pan-fry for 1 minute or until lightly browned. Turn the gyozas over to brown other side, about 1 minute longer.

Add chicken stock, shake pan to prevent gyozas from stick- ing. Cover and cook at low boil for 2 minutes. Remove gyozas to a plate; keep warm.

Increase heat under skillet to high, add cream; bring to a boil stirring for 45 seconds until thickened. Stir in lime juice.

Season with salt and pepper.

To serve, divide the sauce among 4 plates. Arrange 3 gyozas on each.

Garnish with fresh coriander springs.

Note: There is enough filling to make 4 dozen gyozas. The amount of sauce indicated above is enough for 12 gyozas. If you want to make more, multiple the sauce ingredients, but bear in mind that you will have to make the sauce separately as part of each batch. Freeze extra uncooked gyozas on a baking sheet; when frozen, transfer them to a freezer bag. Do not defrost before browning.

Makes 4 dozen gyozas. Serves 16.

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