It’s time to come clean about something. I don’t actually make new recipes with the leftovers from my real Thanksgiving dinner. I mean, *maybe* a simple turkey sandwich a few days later. But most of the time, I just pile all the leftovers (albeit smaller portions) onto a plate, microwave until hot, then eat Thanksgiving Dinners, Part 2 and 3, on Friday and Saturday.
However, I can totally appreciate that not everybody is like me, and some prefer to re-invent their leftovers into dishes with different flavor profiles. This Thanksgiving Leftover Dumplings recipe is for you!
Please note that I don’t include any specific amounts for the ingredients of the dumplings themselves. Make as many as you need/want based on the amounts of leftovers you have. The amounts aren’t super important, you just want to fill each wonton wrapper with a bit of turkey and dressing. Then, stir some chipotle into your leftover cranberry sauce for a spicy-sweet dipping sauce.
Thanksgiving Leftover Dumplings
- Nonstick cooking spray
- Wonton wrappers
- Leftover cooked stuffing/dressing
- Leftover roasted turkey
- 1 cup leftover cranberry sauce
- 1 chipotle pepper in adobo, finely chopped, plus 1 teaspoon adobo sauce
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line rimmed baking pan with parchment paper; lightly spray parchment with cooking spray. Lay one wonton wrapper on work surface. Place about 1 teaspoon stuffing and a small piece of turkey onto center of wrapper. Gently press stuffing and turkey together to keep it in center of wrapper. Dip your finger into a bowl of cold water and run it along all sides of wrapper. Bring all sides of wrapper up and over filling and gently press together to form a small purse. Repeat with remaining wonton wrappers, stuffing and turkey.
- Lightly spray dumplings with cooking spray. Transfer to oven and bake 12 to 14 minutes or until golden brown.
- Meanwhile, in small bowl, stir together cranberry sauce, chipotle pepper and adobo sauce. Serve dumplings with dipping sauce.
Home Chef Tip: Real chefs don't measure anything! Don't worry about the amounts of turkey and stuffing. For that matter, don't even break out the measuring cups and spoons for the dipping sauce. Make these to your taste, based on what you have available!
I originally developed this recipe for the NatureBox blog.