All-Star Chefs' Advice to First-Time Thanksgiving Cooks

Hear from some of your favorite chefs to learn their go-to tips and tricks for entertaining with ease this holiday.
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The all-important turkey, the creamy potato side dish, the golden-brown roasted vegetables, the tart-sweet cranberry sauce and the buttery rolls (not to mention the desserts) … there are surely multiple pieces of the meal to contend with come Thanksgiving, so it's understandable if you're feeling some pre-holiday jitters. And if you're a newbie to turkey-day cooking, there's likely the added pressure of the unknown. That's where these tips come in. According to many of your favorite Food Network chefs, there are indeed ways to make the celebration simpler, so much so that you won't have to stress. The key takeaway? You don't have to tackle the entire buffet on your own. "Do a potluck!" Giada De Laurentiis recommends. "Do not try to do it all yourself." Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli adds, speaking to both Thanksgiving novices and returning hosts alike, "The best thing to do is write out your whole menu and then cross off at least two things."

Click the image below to hear more from other chefs, including Bobby Flay, Michael Symon and Anne Burrell, to learn their go-to tips and tricks for entertaining with ease this year.

Guest Judge Alex Guarnaschelli at the Star Challenge "Chopped" as seen on Food Network Star, Season 9.

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For more turkey-day inspiration, check out Food Network's one-stop Thanksgiving Central.

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