What to Watch: Thanksgiving Sides, Leftovers Brunch and an Unforgettable Triple G

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

Hosts Sunny Anderson, Marcela Valladolid, Katie Lee, Geoffrey Zakarian and Jeff Mauro pose together, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen, Season 11.

Photo by: Jason DeCrow ©© 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

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

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and this weekend your favorite Food Network chefs are sharing some easy-to-make last-minute recipes. Thanksgiving isn’t just about turkey, so tune in to The Kitchen on Saturday morning for the Ultimate Guide to Sides, as the co-hosts will be sharing their recipes for potatoes, cornbread and, of course, a great cocktail. Then, on Sunday, Giada De Laurentiis is taking all the Thanksgiving leftovers and making a brunch featuring Crispy Turkey Bites, Sweet Potato Puffs and a Spicy Chai Latte.

On Sunday evening, Guy Fieri is welcoming some of Triple G’s most-memorable chefs back to Flavortown to compete in two challenges jam-packed with unexpected twists. Then, Thanksgiving is the theme on Holiday Baking Championship, and Grandma’s classic recipes are put to the test on Clash of the Grandmas.

Sunny Anderson's Southern Cornbread Stuffing is displayed, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen, Season 11.

Photo by: Jason DeCrow ©© 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

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

The Kitchen: Ultimate Guide to Sides – Saturday, Nov. 19 11a|10c

The Kitchen co-hosts whip up everyone’s favorite Thanksgiving side dishes and share tips for making enough room in the oven for all of them. Sunny Anderson heats things up with her Cheesy Bacon Cornbread Dressing (pictured), and Marcela Valladolid makes an Herb-Roasted Acorn Squash with Queso Fresco and Pomegranate that is sure to be a star on any table. Try two new twists on mashed potatoes:  French Onion Mashed Potatoes and Geoffrey Zakarian’s Pommes Duchesse. For dessert:  Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream Cake. Then a special guest joins the gang as they toast the holiday with Geoffrey’s Butternut-Squashed Sidecar.

Easy Pan Steaks as seen on Food Network's Ayesha's Homemade, Season 1

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Katrina Marcinowski, © 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Ayesha’s Homemade: New Traditions – Saturday, Nov. 19 12|11c

Traditions are big in Ayesha Curry's house, and she wants to start some new food traditions in honor of her family's move to the West Coast. Ayesha gears up for the day by making PB and J French Toast with Strawberry Compote with her sister, Maria, and a Healthy Green Smoothie for her husband, Stephen. Then, she makes her show-stopping Easy Pan Steaks (pictured) and Pasta Primavera, and she shares the time saving secret to her Cast-Iron “Fruitcake.” 

Giada’s Holiday Handbook: Thanksgiving Brunch – Sunday Nov. 20 12|11c

It's the morning after Thanksgiving, and Giada has a house full of guests and a fridge filled with leftovers! She makes a casual Thanksgiving brunch that incorporates the flavors of the holiday with a new and exciting twist. Giada gives holiday leftovers new life with her menu of Crispy Turkey Bites (pictured), Ham and Cheese Bake with root vegetables, Sweet Potato Puffs, and Spicy Chai Lattes.

Four of Triple G's most-unforgettable chefs are back to compete in two challenges jam-packed with unexpected turns. First, the deck is stacked against them as they create a memorable meal in a game of Wild Cards. Then, in the second and final game, the chefs shop for a Sunday family dinner with some back-breaking restrictions.

©© 2014 Felix Williams

© 2014 Felix Williams

In the Pre-Heat, the remaining seven bakers must combine all of their favorite Thanksgiving desserts into one by creating elegant trifles. Then, for the Main Heat, the bakers have to produce Thanksgiving impostor cupcakes that will make everyone take a second look!

Contestants, from left, Guenevere Reed, Lesa Nelms, Rachelle Nichols, and Maria Silva react as the rules are explained to them, during the introduction to the first Christmas-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

Clash of the Grandmas: Home Sweet Grandma – Sunday, Nov. 20 10|9c

First, the four grannies create hand-held versions of mac and cheese to hold the family over until dinner. Next they have only 30 minutes to make meatloaf for unexpected guests, with the help of unexpected sous chefs: the grandpas! Then the final two grandmas try to freeze out the competition by using liquid nitrogen to each produce an ice cream sandwich worthy of the $10,000 prize. The judging panel features Food Network Star winner Eddie Jackson, TV host Brandi Milloy and Chef Jamika Pessoa.

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