New York Restaurants Serve Up Thanksgiving In One Tasty Bite : The Salt Chefs in New York City are packing turkey, cranberry, gravy and stuffing together into small, savory packages. These one-bite wonders take the form of dumplings, croissants and meatballs.
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New York Restaurants Serve Up Thanksgiving In One Tasty Bite

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Now, for some of us, the best part of Thanksgiving comes from a forkful of flavors all swirled together - turkey, gravy, cranberry and stuffing. It's like a savory symphony in your mouth. Now chefs in New York City are experimenting with putting together all those ingredients into a one-bite Thanksgiving dinner. NPR's Neda Ulaby has more.

NEDA ULABY, BYLINE: Right now in the East Village, you can buy a croissant stuffed with turkey and all the fixings in a celery flavored dough. Or there's the Thanksgiving themed dumplings at Mimi Cheng's.

MARIAN CHENG: Mimi is my mom's nickname.

ULABY: Marian Cheng and her sister, Hannah, sell Chinese dumplings just like their Taiwanese mom's - well, maybe not quite. In November, they stuff a seasonal version with traditional Thanksgiving ingredients. Marian says proportions are key.

CHENG: Well, definitely huge sauce person. So we need a lot of gravy in there. But we don't want the stuffing to overload the turkey flavor.

ULABY: These fried Thanksgiving dumplings come with a dip of cranberry sauce.

DANIELLE WILLIAMS: They're good.

ULABY: Even a model is eating them. And Danielle Williams does not come from a place that celebrates Thanksgiving.

WILLIAMS: No. But I've lived here for two years. So I've had two Thanksgivings in a row. I think I know my stuff now.

ULABY: Back in the kitchen, cooks layer the ground turkey filling with gravy and stuffing rich in sage, sauted onions and thyme. They pan fry the dumplings on a hot griddle to crisp up their bottoms, then spray them with water and steam them. Mimi Cheng's Dumplings sells a couple hundred everyday this month. And they go quickly. That's why Sandy Trueba arrived early to get some for her husband.

SANDY TRUEBA: Yeah. He's outside in the car. And he loves dumplings. So it's kind of a match made in heaven, yes.

ULABY: Philip Trueba saw these dumplings on Instagram, and he cannot wait to try them.

S. TRUEBA: What is this, honey?

PHILIP TRUEBA: That's the cranberry sauce.

ULABY: Right there in the car, the Trueba's immediately dig in.

P. TRUEBA: Turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce - just like Thanksgiving.

ULABY: Thanksgiving and dumplings in one economical bite. And a Chinese spin on a New England classic, what could be more American? Neda Ulaby, NPR News.

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