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Leftover Thanksgiving Meal Dumpling Recipe

Here comes another Thanksgiving where families can enjoy each other’s company, cook and enjoy great food, watch football, and relax with a few days off from work! However, although the Thanksgiving feast was delicious, somebody is going to be stuck eating the leftover turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing for the next few days to come! Well here is a way to switch up your leftovers into a new meal that will not only be mouth-watering and delicious but will also be fun to make: introducing the Thanksgiving dumplings! 

How To Make Thanksgiving Dumplings: 

One of the greatest parts of these dumplings is you can just work with your leftovers and be creative to come up with different delicious dumpling filling combinations that your whole family will enjoy. So keep in mind when reading this recipe that you can swap out some of these ingredients with whatever sounds good to you.


  • 2 cups of stuffing
  • 1 cup of cooked turkey
  • 1 cup of mashed potatoes or green beans (or whatever you want!)
  • ¾ cup of chicken broth (this is important to keep the dumplings moist!)
  • 1 pack of dumpling wrappers or 40 dumpling wrappers
  • ¼ cup of cranberry sauce
  • 1 piece of ginger (optional)

Preparation and Cooking Steps:

  1. Chop up turkey, crumble stuffing, and chopped green beans into very small pieces
  2. Once chopped add the turkey, stuffing, green beans/mashed potatoes into a large mixing bowl and stir together with the chicken broth to create the dumpling filling.
  3. Fill a small bowl with cold water
  4. Measure out a teaspoon of the dumpling filling and place in the middle of a dumpling wrapper.
  5. Next, dip your finger into the cold water and circle it around the whole edge of the dumpling wrapper.
  6. Then, fold the dumpling in half and pinch the sides to close it.
  7. Repeat this process until you finish all of the fillings.
  8. Heat up a drizzle of oil in a medium-sized frying pan.
  9. Place as many dumplings as you can fit in the pan and add 1/2  a cup of water to the pan 
  10. Cover the pan with a lid while the dumplings cook for about 6 to 7 minutes. (Once all the water has be absorbed and you notice the dumplings are becoming golden brown)
  11. While you are waiting for the dumplings to cook, you can start making the cranberry/ginger dipping sauce. Grate the ginger and combine it with your leftover cranberry sauce.
  12. Then all that’s left to do is enjoy these delicious Thanksgiving leftover dumplings!

Dumpling Making Class in Boston, MA 

If you enjoyed this recipe and want to learn more about the art of dumpling making, please join one of Patty Chen’s Dumpling School’s cooking classes where you can learn the proper techniques of dumpling making while having fun! Learn more about the different classes we offer today. Happy Thanksgiving!

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