A Barefoot Thanksgiving with Ina and Bobby
Celebrate Thanksgiving with Ina Garten and her neighbor Bobby Flay as they share their best make-ahead meals for the big feast.
Thanksgiving with Ina and Bobby
"We have two rules. First rule is we're going to do the classics, but with the volume turned up. And the second one is we're going to make everything ahead. Well, maybe except the turkey," Ina says of the approach she and longtime pal Bobby decided to take for their joint Thanksgiving celebration this year.
Smoked Whole Turkey
If you're looking for a creative way to prepare your turkey this Thanksgiving, why not give smoking a try? To get the fire to smolder, Bobby recommends you soak the wood chips in water for at least four hours, or overnight.
Herb and Apple Bread Pudding
Creamy on the inside and crispy on the outside, this bread pudding is a great way to deviate from stuffing. Plus, it can be assembled the night before, further freeing up your Thanksgiving morning.
Heartland Chopped Salad
Slightly overcooked wild rice adds a surprise kick to this already healthy and textured salad. Bobby recommends overcooking the rice so that it can better absorb the salad's pomegranate molasses dressing. With kale, baby spinach, Asian pears and rehydrated cranberries, this salad is sure to satisfy your every taste bud.
Lemon Ginger Molasses Cake
Shake up your dessert this Thanksgiving with Ina's Lemon Ginger Molasses Cake. Made with crystallized ginger and lemon zest, this cake marries the spiciness of gingerbread with the tartness of creme fraiche.
11-Layer Potato Gratin
Heavy cream, salt and pepper — that's all you need to make this potato gratin. Bobby uses 11 layers as his height marker, but you can layer your potatoes close to the brim of whatever dish you are using.
Orange-Honey Glazed Carrots
Not only do these carrots heat up better than basic roasted carrots, but the orange zest and juice glaze coating them provides a sweet component that goes great with turkey.
Sauteed Shredded Brussels Sprouts
"There's so much going on in the oven on Thanksgiving, even if you're smoking a turkey, that it's really nice to have a vegetable that you can cook on top of the stove," Ina says of her Brussels sprouts. To save additional time, slice them the day before and refrigerate in a plastic bag.
Make-Ahead Cranberry Sauce
Say goodbye to canned cranberries with this dish from Ina. Cooked cranberries and a chopped Granny Smith apple form the heart of this dish. Lemon and orange zest and juice add extra acidity, giving the dish a tart flavor.
The key to this sangria is simple: layering your liquor and refrigerating. Infused with rich autumnal flavors, this drink will add extra spice to your holiday meal. Bobby recommends lining each glass with some of the alcohol-infused fruit for color.