What to Watch: All-Star Thanksgiving, and Turkey Day-Inspired Desserts on Holiday Baking Championship
This weekend, the Food Network chefs have you covered for all of your last-minute Thanksgiving needs. On Saturday morning, catch an all-new episode of The Kitchen featuring all of the co-hosts’ best turkey ideas, including Jeff Mauro’s Turkey in Pieces and Sunny Anderson’s Deep-Fried Turkey. Then, on Sunday night, don’t miss the All-Star Thanksgiving special featuring favorite recipes from Giada De Laurentiis, Ree Drummond, Guy Fieri, Bobby Flay, Nancy Fuller and Damaris Phillips.
On Sunday morning, Giada’s hosting a Friendsgiving party on Giada’s Holiday Handbook, complete with Stuffed Arancini, Turkey Waldorf Bites and a Mulled Cosmo Cocktail. Then, on Sunday night, Guy’s got holiday-themed challenges planned on Guy’s Grocery Games, including musical carts featuring classic holiday tunes. Then, the seven remaining bakers must create Thanksgiving-themed desserts on Holiday Baking Championship, and Alton auctions off his Hush Puppet Theater on a new Cutthroat Kitchen.
With less than a week to Thanksgiving, it's all about turkey, starting with Katie Lee's Ranch Turkey. Then, two timesaving turkeys: Jeff’s Turkey in Pieces and Sunny’s Deep-Fried Turkey. Restaurateur Lidia Bastianich makes a classic Chestnut Stuffing, and the hosts determine which holiday cooking equipment is worth the money. Plus, they share turkey-themed food crafts that will wow a crowd and Geoffrey Zakarian makes his Espresso Martini.
We're cooking up some of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes from the kitchens of our Food Network family, as Giada, Ree, Guy, Bobby, Nancy and Damaris share their best recipes, tips and secrets. Thanksgiving is covered from top to bottom: traditional turkey and gravy, sides like bacon bourbon Brussels sprouts and smashed potato casserole, and pumpkin and apple pies.
Giada hosts a cocktail-style Thanksgiving celebration to honor and thank her closest friends. Rather than a sit-down dinner, she's serving appetizer-sized versions of beloved holiday dishes, like Stuffed Arancini, Turkey Waldorf Bites, Charred Brussels Sprout Crostini and a Mulled Cosmo cocktail.
Guy gifts each chef a basket filled with eclectic items he or she must use to make a holiday party lunch. Next, chefs must do without items they need for their holiday breakfast in order to checkout through the express lane. Finally, the last two chefs listen to a holiday favorite while repeatedly switching ingredients in a game of Musical Carts.
The seven remaining bakers get creative with Thanksgiving-inspired desserts, and in the first round their sweets feature canned cranberry sauce. Then, in the Main Heat, the bakers must invent a dessert highlighting their assigned harvest ingredient: sweet potato, pumpkin, apple, pear, pomegranate, carrot or lemon.
One chef has to cook hush puppies in Alton's Hush Puppet Theater. Then, two chefs have to share a giant knife while making fajitas.