Tag: Thanksgiving

Behind the Scenes in Food Network Kitchens: Deep-Fried Turkey

by in Behind the Scenes, Holidays, November 24th, 2010
Recipe tester Leah Brickley (cautiously!) experiments with indoor turkey-frying in Food Network Kitchens.

Sometimes being married to a kitchen gadget geek has its perks. For our November issue of Food Network Magazine, we had to test Cat Cora’s deep-fried turkey recipe. Deep-fried turkeys have become really popular over the past few years and Cat’s is rubbed with a delicious Cajun spice blend. The turkey comes out crispy and really flavorful.

Our test kitchen is located in New York City’s Chelsea Market building, and the outdoor green space available to set up a vat of boiling oil is very limited to non-existent. Luckily, my husband, Paul, had a rather interesting solution to my deep-fryer problems: Why not fry it indoors? At first I thought he was crazy, but then he told me about this new (and safe) indoor turkey fryer made by MasterBuilt. It sits right on your counter, uses about half the amount the oil and has a safety magnetic break-away cord.

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Thanksgiving Side of the Day: Guy’s Red Devil Cranberries

by in Holidays, November 23rd, 2010

thanksgiving red devil cranberries
Each day from now ’till Thanksgiving, we’re sharing a new side dish. We’ve talked about everything from stuffing to mashers to scalloped sweet potatoes, but don’t forget about turkey’s favorite sidekick: cranberry sauce. Like macaroni without cheese or cookies sans milk, turkey just isn’t the same without sweet-tart cranberry sauce on the side. Guy’s bright whole-berry version gets a spicy kick from two kinds of hot peppers, and added flavor from orange juice. Your turkey — and your tastebuds — will never know what hit ‘em.

Get the Recipe: Guy’s Red Devil Cranberries

Vote For the Best: Guy and Paula’s Cranberry Sauce Showdown


Get hundreds more Thanksgiving recipes, menus and tips at

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Thanksgiving Side of the Day: Mashed Potatoes

by in Holidays, November 20th, 2010

perfect mashed potatoes
Mashed potatoes are a Thanksgiving staple. Find a new way to mash and smash your spuds with our collection of 50 mashed potato mix-in recipes. There’s Blue Cheese-Walnut Mashed Potatoes, Shiitake-Squash Mashed Potatoes, Bacon-Cheddar Mashed Potatoes and 47 more.

But for Thanksgiving, when turkey is a menu must, I try to keep the mashed potatoes buttery, creamy and relatively simple, because one of the best parts of a traditional Thanksgiving feast is rich and steamy turkey gravy. Make classic mashed potatoes and gravy with these sure hit recipes from Food Network Magazine: Perfect Mashed Potatoes paired with Perfect Gravy (and see our gravy step-by-step).

Browse 50+ Thanksgiving side dishes to fill out your menu. And, for hundreds more ideas, recipes and menus for your feast, check out FoodNetwork.com/Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Side of the Day: Alton’s Southern Biscuits

by in Holidays, November 19th, 2010

altons southern biscuits
Thanksgiving is inching ever closer, and if you haven’t already, you’re probably starting to give some serious thought about what to lay out on that table of yours. That’s why every day this week, we here at Food Network are featuring different Thanksgiving Side Dishes to help you celebrate this harvest festival in style.

Whether your Thanksgiving is going to be an intimate affair or a more boisterous gathering, it can be tricky to find dishes to suit the myriad tastes of friends and family. Trying to balance all of the likes and dislikes of your family and friends in one meal can send even the most accomplished of chefs into panic mode.

These airy Southern Biscuits from Alton Brown are sure to please even the pickiest eater, and are a perfect alternative to stuffing, dressing, and mashed potatoes. Light and golden, warm and tangy, these buttermilk biscuits pair perfectly with almost anything (and sop up all of that gravy like nothing else). Aside from being irresistibly delicious, this recipe is easy to double  for crowds and virtually foolproof. To streamline your day-of preparations, make and freeze them a few days in advance; pop them in the oven for fluffy, homemade biscuits just in time for dinner.

For hundreds more ideas, recipes and menus for your feast, check out FoodNetwork.com/Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Side of the Day: Bobby’s Spicy Scalloped Sweet Potatoes

by in Holidays, November 19th, 2010

smoked chile scalloped potatoes
Thanksgiving is — count ‘em — only 7 days away! Every day from now until then, we’re sharing our favorite Thanksgiving Side Dishes. Sweet potatoes may have been absent from the first Thanksgiving, but since then they’ve established their place on the Thanksgiving table next to green bean casserole, stuffing and/or dressing and mashed potatoes.

Traditional sweet potato casserole and honey-baked yams are great, but this year I’m adding a twist (or, rather, a kick) to the table with Bobby’s spicy scalloped potatoes. To make, just layer thinly-sliced sweet potatoes (a mandolin works wonders here) with chipotle-spiked cream and bake until tender and crisp on top. Bonus: This dish serves beautifully and travels well, so it’s ideal for a Thanksgiving potluck.

TELL US: Are you going traditional or with-a-twist for this year’s feast?

For hundreds more ideas, recipes and menus for your feast, check out FoodNetwork.com/Thanksgiving

Fall Fest: Sweet Potato Sides, Chef by Chef

by in Holidays, November 17th, 2010
Tyler's Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Pecan and Marshmallow Streusel
Tyler's Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Pecan and Marshmallow Streusel

We’re teaming up with other food and garden bloggers to host Fall Fest 2010, a season-long garden party. Each week we’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. To join in, check out awaytogarden.com.

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, it’s time to seriously ponder sweet potato sides. What will it be this year – mashed, baked, stuffed or smashed? Here are some top recipe picks from Food Network chefs.

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Thanksgiving Side of the Day: World’s Best Cornbread Stuffing

by in Holidays, November 16th, 2010

thanksgiving cornbread stuffing
I’m definitely on Team Cornbread when it comes to Thanksgiving stuffing specifics, so I was intrigued when I came across a 5-star recipe for the World’s Best Cornbread Stuffing. What, I wondered, makes it so special? What makes it good enough that one reviewer exclaimed “So sorry, Grandmum. After generations of yours, this is tastier!”?

I had to find out. I don’t know if it’s the sweet corn muffins in place of the typical savory cornbread, the hot Italian sausage or the earthy fresh sage, but the combination of flavors is enough to make me (almost) swear off my family recipe.  This stuffing has definitely earned its place on my Thanksgiving table this year.

For hundreds more ideas, recipes and menus for your feast, check out FoodNetwork.com/Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Side of the Day: Sausage and Kale Dressing

by in Holidays, November 15th, 2010

sausage and kale dressingThe age-old question remains: What’s the difference between stuffing and dressing? Traditional wisdom holds that stuffing is actually cooked inside the turkey, while dressing is cooked separately and served alongside. Makes sense, right? But in my experience, it really comes down to geography. My family (from New York and Pennsylvania) never stuffs the bird, but we always call our savory bread pudding-style side dish ”stuffing.” Go further South, and everything is “dressing,” as I learned at my first Thanksgiving with my fiancé’s family in Louisiana.

I’m not sure why Food Network Magazine decided to call this one dressing—maybe there was a Southerner in the room. Call it what you wish; it’s filled with many ingredients I love—kale, fennel sausage, focaccia—and is definitely going to show up on my spread this year.

TELL US: What stuffing and/or dressing will be on your Thanksgiving table?

For hundreds more ideas, recipes and menus for your feast, check out FoodNetwork.com/Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Dessert of the Day: Paula’s Pumpkin Bars

by in Holidays, November 11th, 2010
Pumpkin Bars
Paula's Pumpkin Bars make a great take-along Thanksgiving treat.

Paula’s Pumpkin Bars are the perfect Thanksgiving treat to take to a friend’s house or an office party. They’re quick and easy (see how Paula makes them), yet full of that pumpkin-y goodness that’s so essential during the fall season. The best part about these pumpkin bars is the rich, buttery frosting (using a whole stick of butter and a package of cream cheese!). Do not skimp on the frosting. Slather it on to make this pumpkin dessert completely irresistible.

Browse more Thanksgiving dessert recipes from Food Network chefs, to find the perfect finale for your feast. And for hundreds more ideas, recipes and menus for your feast, check out FoodNetwork.com/Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Dessert of the Day: Paula’s Pumpkin Roll

by in Holidays, November 10th, 2010
Pumpkin Roll Cake
Paula's Pumpkin Roll Cake

Let’s face it: Turkey is great (especially if you make Alton Brown’s famous Good Eats Roast Turkey), but desserts are the real star of Thanksgiving.  To help you fill out your dessert table, we’re featuring favorite Thanksgiving Desserts every day this week.  Today, a dessert that’s a universal crowd-pleaser: Paula’s Pumpkin Roll Cake.

Paula tucks toffee-studded cream cheese filling inside a classic pumpkin cake, then tops with powdered sugar and caramel sauce.  For bakery-worthy results, roll the cake in a powdered sugar-coated towel while you make the filling to avoid cracks. (Watch Paula’s cake-rolling technique .)

TELL US: What desserts will be on your Thanksgiving table?

For hundreds more ideas, recipes and menus for your feast, check out FoodNetwork.com/Thanksgiving