November 20, 2010

10 Minute Appetizers for last minute entertaining -- and a Hostess 911 Blog Hop

Short on time?  These days, who isn't?  That doesn't mean, however, that we have to sacrifice quality, style and being the hostess with mostest when it comes to holiday entertaining.

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
Soy Sauce

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!



Please link up your quick and easy recipes below. 


  1. Hello Jenn,

    I'm stopping by because I saw your video on SITS. Totally my lucky day! I've been perusing your site for about an hour and have a list of things I want to make. I am totally going to make the caramels (using your secret Pay Attention! method) for my cookie exchange. Not sure if I'll do the tamarind but I'll definitely be doing something fancy like that if I can't find the tamarind at my Whole Foods.

    Thank you for sharing all these cool things!

    Saving For Someday

  2. My fail safe recipe is chocolate truffles - they are so simple to make, require very little cooking and taste delicious.

  3. I like the simplicity of this recipe. Frozen always works for me!

  4. My husband and I eat the different potstickers from TJ's ALL the time for dinner! I never even thought of using them as an app because we always eat them as a meal : )


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