By keeping a few simple ingredients in your pantry and freezer, you can go from empty-handed to party-ready in just minutes.
My favorite all-time last-minute appetizer is the potsticker, or panfried Gyoza. I've yet to take these to a party where they weren't the very first plate to be empty. I always keep a bag of frozen gyoza in the freezer, and love the fact that I can have a delicious little snack ready for unexpected company in less than 10 minutes.
1 bag frozen potstickers (I like the vegetable Gyoza at Trader Joes since they're popular with vegetarians and omnivores alike)
1 TB Vegetable Oil
1 Teaspoon Sesame Oil
Sesame Seeds for garnish
Step 1: Remove frozen potstickers from package. Place in microwave-safe bowl. Cover with plastic wrap. Cook in microwave for 6 minutes (until cooked through).
Step 2: Heat oils in a large frying pan. Add potstickers, flat bottoms down. Heat for 2-3 minutes (until bottoms are a nice golden brown). This step is OPTIONAL. The pan frying adds a little more flavor and crunch, but isn't necessary if you're really pressed for time. Some brands, like the Trader Joe's have already been panfried to save you the work.
Step 3: Transfer potstickers from pan to a serving plate. Arrange around a small sauce dish.
Step 4: In the small sauce dish, pour some soy sauce. To give the sauce more depth and flavor you can add a dash of rice vinegar, crushed fresh garlic, sliced green onions, and/or grated ginger.
Step 5: Garnish the potstickers with sesame seeds. I like to keep a jar of black and white seeds in my pantry for just such an occassion.
Serve! Freezer to table in less than 10 minutes!
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