Here's What Food Network Stars Crave Most on Thanksgiving
After hours (days, really) of prepping each element of Thanksgiving dinner, once your family and friends have gathered around the table and everyone has been served a plate, there's nothing else to do but finally eat the feast before you. From the mashed potatoes and sweet potato casserole to the Brussels sprouts, roasted carrots and, of course, the juicy turkey, there are countless reasons to love the meal — not to mention the dessert that comes after it — so it's no surprise that seemingly everyone looks forward to one element of it in particular. FN Dish caught up with some of your favorite chefs, and it turns out that they too crave specific dishes — read on to see what they had to say.
"I look forward to everything, but I love the mac and cheese, because I seldom make it — even though I love mac and cheese — really, because I love it I seldom make it, because it’s a 9-by-13 moment, and what will I do with the rest of it, you know?" Sunny Anderson admits.
"I’m a dark-meat kind of girl, but I always have to construct the perfect bite of turkey, stuffing, gravy and mashed potatoes — all on the same bite," says Anne Burrell.
For Amanda Freitag, it's more about the sweet treats, in particular the "pumpkin pie," she says, than it is the savory stuff.
"It’s either my stuffing or the turkey," Valerie Bertinelli says, "because we play around with doing the turkey differently every year. And last year, we deep-fried it for the first time, and we’ll probably be doing that again. And we always cook an extra turkey just so we can make gumbo the next day."
Michael Symon says that the dish he often craves isn't one that he makes. "My mother-in-law every year brings oyster stuffing, which I do look forward to," he says.
It's all about the mix of dinner and dessert for Giada De Laurentiis. What does she most look forward to? "My aunt's baked mashed potatoes with peas, and I love my Creamy Pumpkin Lasagna Rolls," she says.
And Aarón Sánchez says, "My mom does a three-root puree that I just love. It's rutabaga, parsnips and celery root.