Gyōza Filling ② - Atsu-ageh and Spinach
Gyōza Filling ② – Atsu-ageh and Spinach

<Ingredients> For 30 Gyōzas
Atsu-ageh (厚揚げ / Atsu-ageh) 1
Spinach (ほうれん草 / Hōrensō) 1 bunch
Green onion (長ネギ / Naga-negi) 1
Fresh shītake (生しいたけ / Nama shītake) 2
Salt (塩/ Shio) 1tsp
Black pepper (こしょう / Koshō) Pinch
Sesame oil (ごま油 / Goma-abura) 2tsp
Tororo konbu (とろろ昆布 / Tororo konbu) 10g

<How to Make>
① Mince the atsu-ageh and use your hands to make sure the bits are not clinging to one another. Boil the spinach. Do this by bringing the water to a boil first, adding a pinch of salt (not included in the list of ingredients), and then carefully placing the spinach in the boiling water for about 30 seconds. Rinse the boiled spinach under cold water. Squeeze out the excess water and chop the spinach into 5mm bits. After you finish cutting, squeeze out excess water again. Mince the green onion and shītake.
② Add the atsu-ageh, spinach, green onion, shītake, salt, black pepper, sesame oil, and tororo konbu to a mixing bowl. Mix well.
③ Divide the mixture into 30 equal portions.

IMG_1551■Forming the Gyōzas■
Place a portion of the gyōza filling in the center of a wrapper. Fold the wrapper in half and then bring the two edges together, pleating one side against the other. (No water is needed to do this.)
Place the completed gyōzas on a cookie sheet, or something similar, dusted with flour.

■Fried Gyōza■
Add 2 tbsp or so of sesame oil to a large frying pan and place the pan on medium heat. When the pan gets hot, place the gyōza in the frying pan, bottoms down to brown them. Once the bottoms are browned, add a 1/2 cup of hot water and cover to steam for 7-8 minutes.

■Boiled Gyōza■
Bring a generous quantity of water to a boil. Carefully place the gyōza into the boiling water. Stir a few times just to prevent the gyōzas from sticking to one another. Boil for 4-5 minutes.

Gyōza are commonly enjoyed with a mixture of vinegar, soy sauce, and chili oil. Many people also add coriander and black pepper. Try any or all of these in whatever combination you would like.

Recipe Developed by: Machiko Tateno