So I figure if Gary Danko can own up to gobbling gummy worms as a guilty pleasure, I will not be struck by lightning if I admit I like the frozen pot stickers from Trader Joe's.
Come on! Do you cook every single meal you eat from organic, local scratch? Sometimes you just need some nourishment, pronto, and it wouldn't hurt if it tastes good.
This is a recommendation, I guess, then. You buy a bag or two (we tried chicken first, but I like the pork better) and toss them in the freezer for emergencies.
Open the bag, take out as many as you want, and reseal the rest.
The label suggests two ways of heating the dumplings; we've tried both, and the microwave version is meh. Go to the extra trouble to sizzle them in oil on the stove, and then dump in some water, cover, and steam for a few minutes. Nice browned crunch on the bottoms (they're called pot stickers for a reason) and softened wrappers on top.
You would be prudent, industrious and clever to serve some rice and vegetables on the side (something Asian-y would be perfect). And you would be forgiven if all you ate for your meal was the pot stickers.
Do NOT omit a lovely dipping sauce, though. That would be bad.
What would be good is a mixture of half soy sauce and half rice vinegar stirred with a teeny dribble of chile oil. And what would be better would be to sprinkle the sauce with sesame seeds and minced chives. This little touch ramps up the magic in your mouth, without adding any unwanted flavor-skew.
I could also say that the chives are organic and local. I picked them in my backyard. Am I redeemed, just a little?
Anyway. TJ's pot stickers are not a guilty pleasure, because I don't feel guilty about them.
I don't feel guilty about my occasional ingestion of gummy bears, either.
But gummy worms? That's crazy, Danko.