What to Watch: Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving and Recipes from Grandma

Get all the details on the upcoming premieres this weekend on Food Network.
By: Joel Raneri

Guests Valerie Bertinelli and Nancy Fuller poses for a photo with host Katie Lee, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen, Season 11.

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This weekend your favorite Food Network chefs are talkin’ turkey and sharing Thanksgiving recipes you’ll be thankful for. Saturday morning, it’s a Frontier Friendsgiving on the ranch, and Ree Drummond is celebrating with her two closest friends and a boozy gravy recipe. Down in Nashville, Trisha Yearwood is making a portable Thanksgiving feast for her niece who’s a nurse, and then the co-hosts of The Kitchen are making The Ultimate Thanksgiving Mac and Cheese with help from Nancy Fuller and Valerie Bertinelli. On Saturday afternoon Ayesha Curry is making two kinds of turkey, and Valerie’s hosting Thanksgiving for her whole family.

Sunday morning, take a break from turkey and tune in to Guy Fieri, who’s serving up a leg of lamb for his Thanksgiving feast. Later on, Giada De Laurentiis is hosting a Thanksgiving feast, Nancy Fuller is leaving the Thanksgiving decor to her grandkids, and Bobby Flay’s making the ultimate day-after-Thanksgiving brunch.

Sunday night, it’s Thanksgiving in Flavortown, and grandmas are throwing down with their Thanksgiving recipes on Holiday Baking Championship and Clash of the Grandmas.

The Pioneer Woman: Frontier Friendsgiving – Saturday, Nov. 12 10a|9c

It's a frontier-style Friendsgiving celebration with Ree's two closest friends and she's having some serious fun with the recipes. There's a stunning Turkey Roulade with a sausage stuffing, then a Leek and Potato Casserole (pictured) instead of mashed potatoes. She also gets adventurous with the sides: Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Kale, Boozy Gravy, and Festive Goat Cheese, plus a seasonal Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail.

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Jason Clairy, Clairy Productions Inc.

Trisha’s Southern Kitchen: Giving Thanks – Saturday, Nov. 12 10:30a|9:30c

Trisha Yearwood and her sister, Beth, celebrate Thanksgiving by giving back. They deliver turkeys and donate canned foods to the YWCA of Nashville and cook a portable Thanksgiving meal for Trisha's niece, Ashley, who's a nurse at the local hospital. The hearty spread consists of Sweet Potato Pudding, Slow Cooker Pulled Turkey, Buttermilk Cornbread (pictured), and Cran-Apple Crisp.

A Mac & Cheese dish created during the Pass the Mac & Cheese segment is displayed, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen, Season 11.

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Jason DeCrow, 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

The Kitchen: Friendsgiving – Saturday, Nov. 12 11a|10c

The Kitchen hosts a star-studded Thanksgiving with Food Network's Nancy Fuller and Valerie Bertinelli. Geoffrey Zakarian makes his Lemon and Herb Roasted Turkey, Nancy shares her creamy Root Vegetable One-Dish side, and everyone adds his or her favorite ingredient to the Ultimate Thanksgiving Mac and Cheese (pictured). Valerie covers dessert and drinks with her Pumpkin Pie with homemade whipped cream and Berry Kir Royale. To ensure the big meal goes off without a hitch, The Kitchen Helpline is open for turkey-day questions, and guests show how to plate turkey.

Ayesha Curry’s Southern Mustard Greens, as seen on Food Network’s Ayesha’s Homemade, Season 1.

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Ayesha’s Homemade: Double Trouble – Saturday, Nov. 12 12|11c

Thanksgiving meals have always been important to Ayesha Curry and her family, so Ayesha and her husband Stephen's parents are at their California home to celebrate. When Ayesha's dad, John, and father-in-law, Dell Curry, want to join Ayesha in the kitchen, she agrees and lets them help with the cheesiest Mac and Cheese, a secret timesaver for fast Creamed Cornbread, and of course, Southern Mustard Greens (pictured). But when it comes to the jerk and fried turkey, will it be double the trouble, or double the fun?

Valerie’s Home Cooking: Thankful for Family – Saturday, Nov. 12 12:30|11:30c

Valerie really knows how to bring the people she loves together for Thanksgiving. She and her husband, Tom, will host both of their families for a feast to remember. The holiday spread will include Fennel and Citrus Roasted Turkey with Gravy (pictured), Cinnamon Raisin Bread Stuffing with Sausage, Mom's Waldorf Salad and, for dessert, delicious Cranberry Pomegranate Crumb Bars.

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"Wham Bam Thank You Lamb"

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Guy’s Big Bite: Wham Bam Thank You Lamb – Sunday, Nov. 13 9a|8c

At the Fieri house, it's a Thanksgiving tradition to be untraditional! Guy gives thanks with his Balsamic Braised Leg of Lamb cooked in a pressure cooker for maximum tenderness, Sweet Potato Gnocchi tossed in a Parmesan butter sauce, and Peas and Prosciutto (pictured).

Jeffrey is going back to school after a long vacation, so Ina Garten prepares an alfresco dinner. There's Moroccan Grilled Lamb Chops, Couscous with Pine Nuts and Mint, and Roasted Vine Tomatoes, as well as a gorgeous Greek Mezze Platter (pictured) with Marinated Herbed Feta, pita chips and store-bought goodies.

Farmhouse Rules: Gigi’s Thanksgiving – Sunday, Nov. 13 11:30a|10:30c

Nancy's family is gathering at the farmhouse for another Fuller Thanksgiving, but this year the kids are in charge of the centerpieces and the place settings. Nancy prepares a Thanksgiving feast featuring a Roasted and Braised Turkey with Cognac Gravy, Root Vegetable Mash with Thyme Brown Butter, Pull-Apart Butter Rolls with Everything Seasoning, Pecan Pie (pictured) and, for the grownups, Bourbon Cranberry Cocktails.

Spicy Turkey Breast "Cacciatore", as seen on Food Network's Giada's Holiday Handbook, Season 2.

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Eddy Chen, © 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Giada’s Holiday Handbook: Thanksgiving Feast – Sunday, Nov. 13 12|11c

It's the big Thanksgiving dinner, and this year it's all about keeping it simple. Giada asks her guests to each bring something that can be added to a large antipasti platter as an afternoon appetizer. Then, the big meal includes a Spicy Turkey Breast, Smoky Candied Carrots and Walnut Gremolata, Wilted Baby Kale (pictured) and Chocolate Caramel CrunchPie.

Brunch @ Bobby’s: Almost Home for Thanksgiving – Sunday, Nov. 13 12:30|11:30c

Bobby’s daughter, Sophie, is headed home for after-Thanksgiving brunch. While he waits, Bobby bakes Chocolate Pumpkin Swirl Bread with Marmalade Butter and reinvents the holiday dinner with Waffle Cornbread Stuffing Sandwiches with Turkey, Cheddar, Bacon and Cranberry Dijon Gravy Dipping Sauce. And to celebrate, he pours a Bourbon Apple Hot Toddy (pictured).

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Four chefs are fixin' for a Thanksgiving in Flavortown. First, they must make a regional Thanksgiving dinner using only seven pounds of ingredients. Next, in a GGG first, the chefs have only 15 minutes to whip up a party plate for unexpected houseguests. Then, the final two chefs have just two minutes to shop for an upscale Thanksgiving dinner, because Guy Fieri's closing up early in honor of turkey day.

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When it comes to Thanksgiving, nobody can compete with Grandma's signature recipes, so Clash of the Grandmas star Norma Zager joins Bobby Deen to lend her expertise to the remaining eight bakers. For the Pre-Heat, they must whip up two types of cookies, with one inspired by dear old Grandma. Then, in the Main Heat, the bakers compete to create the best pie by hand – no appliances – just like Grandma used to!

Contestants, from left, Sherri Williams, Noemi Abdessian, Tanya Marshall, and Janice "Boo" Macomber react during the introduction to the first Thanksgiving-themed challenge, as seen on Food Network's Clash of the Grandmas, Season 1.

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Emile Wamsteker, © 2016, Food Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

It's an epic Thanksgiving throwdown, and four grandmas are out to prove they've got game to judges Monti Carlo, Nancy Fuller and Eddie Jackson. First, they must dress up traditional stuffing ingredients to make a side dish that is anything but stuffing. In their second clash, the grannies have to transform Thanksgiving leftovers into a tempting Italian dish. Finally, it's grandmas gone trendy as the remaining two contestants vie for the $10,000 prize by making their best Thanksgiving pie – on a stick!

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