What to Watch: Thanksgiving Dinners, Holiday Cook-Offs, and Lots and Lots of Baking

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

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This holiday season, Food Network is your one-stop shop for Thanksgiving recipes, holiday-themed competitions and plenty of tips for the perfect holiday party. Join Guy Fieri, Ree Drummond, Valerie Bertinelli and more of your favorite Food Network chefs as they share their recipes for decadent and delicious Thanksgiving menus. Looking for some help whipping up side dishes? The co-hosts of The Kitchen have the Ultimate Guide to Sides. And if you’re wondering what to do with all the leftovers, turn to Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay, who are both putting their own spins on day-after-Thanksgiving brunch.

With the holiday season comes a whole new batch of holiday-themed competitions on Chopped, Guy’s Grocery Games and Beat Bobby Flay. There’s also a brand-new season of Holiday Baking Championship, which includes a special Thanksgiving challenge.

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 (pictured) rolled around sausage stuffing, then a Leek and Potato Casserole 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, and Cran-Apple Crisp (pictured).

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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. 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 Fried Turkey and Jerk Roasted Turkey Legs, 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. But when it comes to the jerk and fried turkey (pictured), 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, Cinnamon Raisin Bread Stuffing with Sausage (pictured), Mom's Waldorf Salad and, for dessert, delicious Cranberry Pomegranate Crumb Bars.

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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 (pictured) cooked in a pressure cooker for maximum tenderness, Sweet Potato Gnocchi tossed in a Parmesan butter sauce, and Peas and Prosciutto.

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 and, for the grownups, Bourbon Cranberry Cocktails (pictured).

Chocolate Caramel Hazelnut Pie, as seen on Food Network's Giada's Holiday Handbook, Season 2.

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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 and Chocolate Caramel CrunchPie (pictured).

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 (pictured), Cheddar, Bacon and Cranberry Dijon Gravy Dipping Sauce. And to celebrate, he pours a Bourbon Apple Hot Toddy.

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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!

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

Chopped: Turkey Day Heroes – Monday, Nov. 14 8|7c

Four chefs who cook in soup kitchens come to the Chopped Kitchen to face off in this special competition. In the appetizer round, they get creative with some fun bread and orange sauce. Turkey is a given in the entree round, but they also face an epic cake that defies description and is more than meets the eye! Some items in the dessert basket sound pretty healthy, like yogurt and fruit, but will the finalists' Thanksgiving desserts be nutritious or decadent?

Chopped Junior: Thanks Kidding – Tuesday, Nov. 15 8|7c

Four confident young cooks set out to make judges Alex Guarnaschelli, Sandra Lee and Laura Vitale a spectacular Thanksgiving meal. Pumpkin pie comes first as one of the mystery ingredients for the appetizer round. There's no turkey in the entree basket, but there are a lot of other traditional flavors. Then, some adorable cupcakes are at the center of a goody-filled final basket.

Worst Cooks in America: Holiday House Call – Wednesday, Nov. 16 9|8c

What could be more terrifying for a pair of hopeless home cooks than hosting their entire extended family for a holiday dinner? Chefs Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence are coming to the rescue of two of the worst cooks in America, sisters Brittany and Lesley. They want to continue their late grandmother's tradition, but the fire department always shows up when they are in the kitchen! Can the chefs help two culinary failures conquer their fears and create an unbelievably delicious family feast in just two days?

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Beat Bobby Flay: Thanks but No Thanksgiving – Thursday, Nov. 17 10|9c

It's Thanksgiving, and the legendary Martha Stewart joins Chopped judge Scott Conant to ensure Bobby gets the short end of the wishbone. Moroccan-born Omar Zerrei and former Iron Chef America sous chef Ed Cotton aim to send Bobby back to the kids' table.

Smoked Chicken Sandwich as served at The Table in Louisville, KY as seen on Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives episode 2511.

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Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives: Turkey-giving – Friday, Nov. 18 9|8c

This trip, Guy is dishin' out the spirit of Thanksgiving! In Princeton, N.J., Rev Run jumps in at a crepe place serving their take on a turkey club and a 20-layer cake. Plus, in Somersworth, N.H., there’s a cafe-bakery cookin' up terrific turkey meatloaf and a killer haddock sandwich. And in Portland, Ore., a spot dishes out rock-star food to the community, like this smoked chicken sandwich (pictured), with a "pay-what-you-can" mission.

Geoffrey Zakarian's Butternut Squash Sidecar 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: Ultimate Guide to Sides – Saturday, Nov. 19 11a|10c

The Kitchen whips up everyone's favorite Thanksgiving side dishes and shares tips for making enough room in the oven for them all. Sunny Anderson heats things up with her Cheesy Bacon Cornbread Dressing, 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: Katie Lee's French Onion Mashed Potatoes and Geoffrey Zakarian's Pommes Duchesse. For dessert, Jeff Mauro serves up a treat with his no-bake Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream Cake. A special guest joins the gang as they toast the holiday with Geoffrey's Butternut-Squashed Sidecar (pictured).

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! The solution is a casual Thanksgiving brunch that incorporates the flavors of the holiday with a new and exciting twist. The menu gives holiday leftovers new life with Crispy Turkey Bites, Ham and Cheese Bake with root vegetables (pictured),  Sweet Potato Puffs and Spicy Chai Lattes.

Holiday Baking Championship: Thanksgiving Joy – Sunday, Nov. 20 9|10c

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 imposter cupcakes that will make everyone take a second look!

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