Red Pepper Collard Green Potstickers w/ Molasses Sesame Dip aka Collard Confusion...

Collard Green PotStickers with Molasses Sesame Dip

Let me start off by saying I’m a bit out of it today..
Being a good coworker, I purchased cookie dough to fund some child's band camp. Being an ambien eater, I ate half of this cookie dough last night around 1 am. Being near death this morning, I'd like someone to shoot me.
I am my own worst enemy..
If I ever write a book that would be the title..

Collard Green PotStickers with Molasses Sesame Dip (1 of 1)

It’s my hope that you share my love of collard greens..
For a number of reasons..
One, this recipe calls for collards
And two this recipe calls for collards…
I said that twice just in case you ain’t listening.
On a list of things that make me feel like a kid again… #215 is the smell of tabasco sauce on hot collard greens.
There is always this internal struggle when cooking southern classics. For this one in particular, I really wanted that bacon, that fat back, that pork something that should always be cooked in with your greens. Once I cooked these up with just a little olive oil and spices, the struggle continued..
Where is the potlikker left behind when stewing these collards to hell and back.
You have to save that.. it’s a cure for just about everything that ails ya… and mama needs that cure.
There was none of that..no collard broth or fat back..
What is wrong with this picture..? More so, what is wrong with me?
I kept looking over my shoulder, hoping that my grandma didn’t see me cooking my collard greens this way..

Collard Green PotStickers with Molasses Sesame Dip

Collard Green PotStickers with Molasses Sesame Dip

In the end, (that means after 4 tries) they came out just right.. with the help of red pepper flakes and a little smoked paprika. So I decided to take it a step further and stuff these hearty green goddess leaves into wonton squares and make them potstickers… and a little dipping sauce with a hint of molasses did these babies justice..
I’ll always be particular to that “mess o greens” I grew up on.. With chunks of onions, the smoky flavor of pork and that broth that you use a piece of cornbread to eat.
However, a little sauté and spice easily swayed me to broaden my collard experience. Although I don’t think I will be so easily swayed with my love of fried chicken…

Collard Green PotStickers 3 (1 of 1)

A little bit of Soul Food History: Potlikker  (Pot Liquor) is the broth or "gravy" left after stewing a pot of collards. My grandmother would tell me stories of how these dishes originated by during times of slavery. Also how the nutrients in the pot help cure aliments that would otherwise go untreated. Growing up, I've seen this broth used to add flavor to cabbage, smoked turkey and even used as the base for Gumbo. One of my Southern Foodway heroes, John T. Edge, wrote his entire thesis on Potlikker (and Cornpone).

"All food has history, the more you tell it, the more they'll know."
                                                                                   -Mama Dip

Red Pepper Collard Green Potstickers W/ Molasses Sesame Sauce
Prep Time- 30mins- Cook Time-15mins Total- Yields- 15- 20 Potstickers  
Slightly adapted from my food blog obsession The First Mess 

1 tbsp olive oil
1 small shallot, minced
1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
1 ½ cup of shredded collard greens, remove and discard stems and center ribs
2 tbsp fresh chives, chopped
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 tsp smoked paprika
15+ wonton wrappers

Molasses Sesame Sauce
¼ cup tamari (soy sauce)
2 tbsp molasses
1 tsp fresh ginger, minced
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 green onion, finely chopped
2 tbsp sesame seeds

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium high heat stir in shallots and ginger cooking until shallots are translucent. About 2- 3 minutes. Add in collards, chives, red pepper flakes and paprika. Sauté mixture until heated thoroughly. About 5 minutes..
Allow mixture to cool before adding to wonton wrappers.
Add about 2-3 teaspoons of the filling to each wonton, brush the edge of wontons. Fold wontons over to seal. Folding and gathering (more like pinching) the sides together.
Here is a great tutorial on this folding process. (Complete with video)
Heat about a tablespoon more of olive oil over medium heat in skillet. (can be the same one you used to make the filling ) fry in batches until each potstiker is golden on each side.. about 2 minutes for each side..
For the molasses sesame sauce: In a large bowl whisk all the ingredients together until incorporated.  Serve in a smaller dipping bowl on the side with potstikers


  1. My kind of medicine! I might have to eat half a container of cookie dough before trying these, just to do their medicinal powers justice ;-)

  2. I just bought a bunch of collard greens. These might be in my very near future :)

  3. This. Is. Amazing. Erika, seriously -- collards in potstickers? This is seriously the best damn thing. You just made my whole week. I just wish I'd seen this before I made potstickers last weekend! (And also, you MUST be some kind of kitchen goddess if you could make a version without pork that holds a candle to it. I'm drooling over pork and collard potstickers now...) Hope you feel OK after that cookie dough experience :(

  4. I think between these potstickers and cookie dough I'd be set for life (OK, and some fried chicken and biscuits).

  5. I really love collards and I REALLY have to make them the traditional southern way one of these days. These potstickers look pretty incredible, Erika. A thesis on Potlikker is the best thing I've ever heard.

    1. Word.. John T Edge is a rock star.. (in my own little word) ;)

  6. There is nothing I don't absolutely adore. I mean I'm sorry you ate those cookies but…

    Sometimes I want collards just for the potlikker - I'm thinking I might make a batch of these potstickers, but turn them into a potlikker wonton soup.

    1. Ohhh yes.. I'm all over that!

  7. Yum! I want some. Can't wait to try these out.

  8. I love how you smashed asian and southern flavors together...and I am super intrigued by that dipping sauce! PS, I'd totally be into some collard potstickers with pork included.

    1. Yes yes.. pork for days.. but sometimes ya gotta cut back..

  9. I love reading your posts, just as much for the writing as for the recipe! These potstickers are amazing!

  10. This sounds like the perfect medicine, antidote to that cookie dough.. They are just gorgeous Erika. Little pockets of collard goodness.

  11. I love this twist on collard greens! I love the traditional way, but I'm all for reinventing old favorites too. These look delicious!

  12. These look amazing! I'm glad you resisted the urge to put bacon fat in them as I can now eat them! Also, that dipping sauce - I would eat molasses for every meal if possible!

    1. Yay! I'm trying girl.. My mom has gone gluten free and has other diet restrictions so I've got to make some things for her.. You're a huge inspiration..

  13. Yes to the collards! Amazingly delicious!

  14. Goodness! I think I just had a trip round FOOD HEAVEN! These parcels looks INCREDIBLE and all I want to do is dip them into that delicious sesame and molasses dipping sauce!

  15. You got me with the molasses sesame dipping sauce. Like.... damn.
    I don't cook at all, but these look so crazy delicious that you've got me reconsidering my fear of anything that isn't sugar.

  16. If anyone can make collards without pork, it's you. I trust that this is delicious!

  17. Oh sweet mamma these might be the best potstickers in the history of potstickers. Collards - Oh Heck Yeah!

  18. Just finished our pot sticker dinner tonight and OMG! this was amazing! Our CSA the past two weeks has had sooooo much kale, collards, and swiss chard, so I mixed all three. This is the best blog recipe I've ever used. I love finding new ideas and recipes on blogs, but often, it just doesn't turn out or I have to add items and figure out my own steps along the way, but this was spot on. Holly

    1. That's awesome Holly! Thank you so much for your kind words and following me! xoxo


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