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When you're in the mood for a drink, what kind of side dishes do you like to have with it?
Of course, you can buy all manner of snacks and prepared foods to accompany that glass of wine, beer, whisky, that cocktail, or whatever libation you're having. On the other hand, if you don't want to leave the house, you can also make your own.
If you've ever been to an izakaya gastropub, you probably know how great gyoza dumplings are when paired with a tall mug of draft beer, lemon sour or a highball. You can make them at home if you buy the skins and the ingredients for the fillings, but that's not all those skins are good for!
The YouTube channel あっきの家 (akki no ie | "Akki's house") introduces six tasty "izakaya style" tapas that you can make with gyoza dumpling skins.
Here are the ingredients you'll need for each simple recipe:
Unwrapped deep-fried gyoza dumplings with pork belly, shiso leaves, and pickled plum paste
Fried shrimp dumplings
Mini Japanese-style pizzas (makes 6 pizzas)
Nametake mushroom pizza
Fried gyoza dumplings with natto and kimchi
You can use the leftover skins from making gyoza, or you can buy them for the purpose of making these dishes!
You may be surprised at the ideas, such as using gyoza skins to make shrimp fritters.
The video received comments such as, "I want to try this as camp food!" and "I'm going to buy some gyoza skins!"
If you don't live in Japan, you may need to buy a few extra things (such as umeboshi pickled plums, natto, nori tsukudani, nametake, shiso leaves and kimchi) from an Asian supermarket or online retailer to make some of these, but almost all of them make great toppings for rice and can be easily used in other recipes, so you'll be able to use them beyond the recipes above.
If you're looking for something new to try with gyoza dumpling skins, why not give it a shot?