Turkey Potstickers with Spicy Sweet Gingerbread Beer Dip

Do you guys remember a few weeks ago when I got a delicious present in the mail?
AM2 I was sent some of Bison Brewing’s Organic Gingerbread Ale from the owner of the company to develop some recipes and pairings. I wracked my brain for ideas and finally came up with a stroke of beery-genius last night after making homemade potstickers. They were tasty but not quite mind-blowing, and the spicy sauce I served them with was overpowering and unbalanced. A lightbulb switched on and I remade them for lunch today with some boozy additions.
am15 California and Colorado – these two were made for each other.

Turkey Potstickers with Spicy Sweet Gingerbread Beer Dip

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Serves Makes 40-45 potstickers
Prep time 40 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time
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55 minutes
Meal type Main Dish
By author Adapted from Alton Brown
Piping hot homemade potstickers with a hint of cinnamon and gingerbread are served with a spicy sweet dipping sauce made with Bison Brewing's Organic Gingerbread Ale.


  • 1lb organic ground turkey or chicken
  • 1/2 bell pepper (seeded and diced)
  • 1/4 cup green onions (finely chopped)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Bison Brewing Gingerbread Ale
  • 2 teaspoons Worchestshire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 packet wonton wrappers
  • 1 cup vegetable broth (divided)
  • 1/2 cup Bison Brewing Gingerbread Ale
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce (Frank's Wing Sauce or Schultz Spicy Sweet as examples)


Make the dipping sauce ahead of time to free up space on your stovetop.


For the dipping sauce
Step 1
In a small pan whisk together the brown sugar and beer over medium heat, then reduce to a simmer until the mixture is reduced by half (about 40 minutes).
Step 2
Remove from the heat and whisk in the two tablespoons of hot sauce. Put into a serving dish to let it thicken for five minutes and then serve.
For the potstickers
Step 3
In a large bowl combine the first twelve ingredients (turkey or chicken through cayenne pepper) and set aside.
Step 4
Take one wonton wrapper from the package and cover the packet with a damp cloth to keep them from drying out and cracking. Dip your fingers in water and wet two edges of the wrapper.
Step 5
Heat a large pan over medium-high heat and lightly spray with olive oil once hot.
Step 6
Place the wontons in the pan and cook for 1-2 minutes, then flip to brown the other side.
Step 7
After browning both sides, pour in just enough vegetable broth to cover the base of the pan and cover the pan with a lid for one minute to steam through. Serve, wipe the pan with a paper towel to remove the stock residue and repeat with the rest of the potstickers.

am4 I’ve always loved making balsamic reductions for salads and ice cream, and decided to go for it with this beer as well. For this recipe, I recommend starting the Gingerbread Ale reduction while you assemble the potstickers.
am5 Combine the brown sugar and Gingerbread Ale, whisk together and set to simmer for about 40 minutes or until reduced by half.
am9 That’s about right. Remove it from the heat, whisk in the hot sauce and pour it into a serving dish.
am Combine the first twelve ingredients and prepare for a hassle with some wonton wrappers. The hassle is worth it, I promise you.
am6 Wet the edges of the wonton wrappers with water and place a teaspoon of the filling in the center, being careful not to overstuff it.
am7 Fold the wonton wrapper over and press the edges to seal in the goodness.
am8 Repeat until all your filling is used up.
am10 Put ’em in a hot pan and brown each side.
am2 Pour in just enough vegetable stock to coat the bottom of the pan and immediately place a lid on top to steam these bad boys for another minute.
am13 Serve them immediately, paired with a Bison Brewing Organic Gingerbread Ale to tame the flame from the spicy sauce.
am14 This is a sauce I think even the Heat Freaks can get behind! Enjoy!

Any recipes you’d like me to beerify? Have you ever beerified a recipe?


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