Find the Restaurants Featured on Guilty Pleasures: Thanksgiving Madness
These holiday-worthy plates from your favorite chefs take seasonal indulgence to a new level.
The Purple Room
Ross Mathews admits that come Thanksgiving, he ditches homemade dessert in favor of the Pumpkin Cheesecake from The Purple Room in Palm Springs, Calif. "This is how you do a pumpkin dessert," he says of the indulgent treat. Warmed up with fragrant spices, like cinnamon and nutmeg, the cream cheese-pumpkin filling is baked atop a graham cracker crust before being finished with rum-laced caramel topping.
Where to Find: The Purple Room
Funk 'n Waffles
"They make the stuffing that makes the waffle," Guy Fieri says of the base of the Jive Turkey Waffle, a Thanksgiving-inspired waffle, from Funk 'n Waffles in Syracuse, N.Y. This piled-high plate features not only the rosemary-laced stuffing waffle, but also all of the traditional turkey day fixings, like mashed potatoes, roast turkey and rich gravy. According to Guy, this "hits you like a holiday."
Where to Find: Funk 'n Waffles
For Jackée Harry, of course it's all about the Sweet Potato Bread Pudding at Sweet Potatoes, located in Winston-Salem, N.C. "It's rich, creamy, buttery, but also has that little crunch, 'cause you taste those pecans," Jackée says of the sweetened nutty topping that’s baked atop the sweet potato-soaked sweet potato biscuits, which make up the base of the bread pudding. And the bourbon-spiked caramel sauce that comes with the bread pudding "permeates your senses," Jackée says.
Where to Find: Sweet Potatoes
"It's like the best of Thanksgiving leftovers on one plate, but with a twist," Joey Lawrence explains of the Mississippi Hot Brown from City Grocery Restaurant in Oxford, Miss. Buttermilk-marinated fried chicken, sliced ham, pickles, and smears of mayonnaise and mustard, plus a generous spoonful of rich Gruyère sauce and a runny egg — it's all stacked on two slices of toast. "Everything about it is guilty — except maybe the pickle," Joey jokes.
Where to Find: City Grocery
Flying Monkey Bakery
According to Amanda Freitag, the whopping 15-pound Pumpple Cake from Philadelphia's Flying Monkey Bakery is "the dessert to beat all desserts." It's a hybrid cake-pie creation featuring treats within treats: a layer of chocolate cake with a pumpkin pie inside, as well as a layer of vanilla cake with an apple pie inside. And there's frosting — both between the layers and enrobed around them — which isn't added until the third and final day of Pumpple Cake prep.
Where to Find: Flying Monkey Bakery
K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen
Not only is the turducken at New Orleans' K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen layered with a whopping three birds — turkey, duck and chicken — but there's also a trio of stuffings as well, one to correspond with each meat. The fillings are folded on top of each other within the turkey, which is roasted until a succulent golden brown. "Once I get my fix, I want more," Aarón Sánchez says simply.
Where to Find: K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen
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