Pantry Raid: Carbonara Potstickers

19 Oct

Carbonara Potstickers

My affinity for pasta carbonara has been mentioned here before.  Its simple decadence lends itself to  any situation where comfort food is calling.  My recent foray into the world of potstickers inspired my inner mad scientist to experiment with new combinations of fillings and this gem immediately jumped to the forefront.

The bacon and cheese alone would make a passable filling, but the onions, mushrooms and fresh garlic that usually find their way into my carbonara would do well to flesh it out.  The wrapper of the potsticker made an easy analog for the pasta and the creamy egg, cheese and bacon drippings would make a worthy sauce without the need to dip.  The end result is a kind of carbonara tortellini or ravioli that captures the essence of the original dish in a novel package.  Chopsticks are purely optional here.  I went with a fork.

Dish: Carbonara Potstickers

Ingredient Rollcall:

  • 15-20 wonton wrappers
  • 3-4 slices of thick-cut bacon, minced
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 mushrooms, minced
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tbsp Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • Splash of balsamic vinegar
  • Italian herbs, ground
  • salt and cracked pepper, to taste

How I do it:

  1. Saute minced bacon and mushrooms for a minute or two with balsamic until some fat has rendered out, drain and reserve drippings.
  2. Mix minced bacon, mushroom, onion, garlic, 1 beaten egg, breadcrumbs, half of grated cheese, salt, pepper and dash of ground herbs in small mixing bowl.
  3. Assemble and cook potstickers as instructed in my previous recipe, with help from my main man, Alton Brown.
  4. Mix other beaten egg, remaining cheese, and a healthy portion of cracked black pepper.
  5. Return cooked potstickers to the the pan over medium heat with a splash of water until water begins to steam again.  Remove from heat and add egg and cheese mixture and a splash of bacon drippings.  Toss and stir until the potstickers are well-coated and sauce thickens.  Serves 2 (or 1 if you’re me).

3 Responses to “Pantry Raid: Carbonara Potstickers”

  1. Charles October 19, 2009 at 3:00 PM #

    Damn that sounds good!

  2. Jeffrey October 19, 2009 at 3:07 PM #

    sounds fantastic. do you cater?

    • 43north89west October 19, 2009 at 3:12 PM #

      That can be arranged.

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