A pocket of thanks (with video)

Lilly Gorman and Charlotte Vanyo

Lilly Gorman
Thanksgiving dumplings are made of leftover Thanksgiving foods. These treats are a great way to enjoy leftovers in a new way. Photo by Lilly Gorman.

Thanksgiving is a time to bond with family and friends and to make lots of food. However, oftentimes, this food sits in our fridges for days after.  What do you do with all those leftovers? 


Thanksgiving dumplings are a great way to savor your Thanksgiving leftovers. There are two versions: savory and sweet, the savory containing turkey, gravy, stuffing and cranberry sauce and the sweet containing apple pie filling. This recipe gives you a delicious little pocket of gratitude.


Makes 10



  • 1 package of 10 wonton wrappers
  • turkey
  • stuffing
  • gravy
  • cranberry sauce
  • apple pie filling
  • water
  • Cooking oil 



  1. Heat a skillet on medium heat. 
  2. Take one wonton wrapper and place a spoonful of turkey, gravy, cranberry sauce and stuffing for the savory dumpling (savory) or apple pie (sweet) filling for the sweet dumpling in the center of the wrapper.
  3. Dip fingers in water and rub on the edge of the wrapper, then fold in half, like a crescent.
  4. Press to crease and pinch or make marks with a fork along the edge.
  5. Put a teaspoon of cooking oil in the skillet and wait a minute before putting a dumpling in the pan.
  6. Cook each side until golden brown.
  7. Wait two minutes to cool.