Summertime is blueberry time, and with local berries abundant in markets right now, it is the perfect time for blueberry desserts. To learn more about this special North American berry, go to USDA Blueberry Blog. Here is an easy blueberry dessert that will surprise and delight family and guests.
I have always been a huge fan of the Chinese dumplings known as pot stickers. They’re wonton wrappers filled with pork or shrimp, crisped up in a pan, steamed, re-crisped, then served with a dipping sauce. Yum! Thinking about pot stickers recently, it occurred to me that if you swapped out the savory for something sweet, you’d have a dandy little dessert on your hands. And this time of year, when I think sweet, I think blueberries. I had a feeling that blueberries would show up very well in a dessert pot sticker.
Although easy to make, these pot stickers must be cooked and served soon after you make them. If you prepare them too far ahead, the bottom of the wrappers gets soggy. Ideally, you should prep the pot stickers just before dinner, then park them on a sheet pan sprinkled with light dusting of cornstarch until you’ve finished the main course. This keeps them from sticking to the pan. Even frozen berries would work well here. Just defrost them in a colander _ taking care to capture the juice that leaks out of them as they come to room temp (you’ll add the juice to the sauce) _ then pat the berries dry before you encase them in the wrappers. When you’re ready for them, they cook up in 5 to 8 minutes. And if it turns out that you don’t eat every last one at a single sitting, just put the leftovers in the fridge.
Prep time: 35 minutes
3 cups blueberries, divided
In a blender, combine 1 cup of the blueberries, the yogurt, the orange liqueur (if using), 1 tablespoon of the sugar, and 2 teaspoons of the lemon juice. Puree until very smooth, then set aside.
In a medium bowl, toss a heaping cup of the remaining blueberries with the remaining tablespoon of sugar and 2 teaspoons of lemon juice.
Spread out 4 of the wonton wrappers on a work surface, keeping the rest covered with plastic wrap. Place a small mound of sugared blueberries in the center of each.
To form the dumplings, brush the edges of the wrappers with water. Lift 2 opposite sides of each wrapper up and press together above the center of the blueberry mound. Bring the other two opposite sides up and press them together. This should form a little box with the blueberries inside. Pinch the wrapper together very tightly at the seams to make sure they are well sealed. Repeat with the remaining sugared blueberries and wrappers.
In a large nonstick skillet over medium, heat the oil until hot. Arrange the wonton packages, seam sides up, in the skillet. Cook until the bottoms are golden, about 1 to 2 minutes. Add 1/2 cup water, reduce the heat to low, cover the skillet, and cook for 5 minutes. At this point the wonton wrappers should look somewhat translucent and cooked. If they don’t, add a little more water and steam for another 2 minutes.
Remove the lid and continue to cook until the water has completely evaporated and the bottoms of the pot stickers are crisp and golden. Gently loosen the pot stickers and transfer to 4 dessert plates. Sprinkle lightly with powdered sugar and top each plate with a small scoop of frozen yogurt. Garnish with the remaining blueberries and mint and serve with the blueberry sauce on the side.
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