Make The Best Thanksgiving Dinner Feast Ever: Food Network And ‘The Chew’ Show You How

For some, the classic Thanksgiving dinner meal is one to get excited about, but for others (usually those who are doing the actual cooking), it can cause a lot of anxiety. Fortunately, the chefs on ABC’s The Chew and the Food Network have planned shows in the coming days to help you pull off the best Thanksgiving dinner feast ever.

The cast of "The Chew."
Michael Symon, Clinton Kelly, Marion Batali, Carla Hall and Daphne Oz. [Image by ABC]

From November 14-18, Chew co-hosts (Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly and Daphne Oz) will show all of their tips and tricks for making the best Thanksgiving dinner dishes. Each day, a special celebrity guest will tag along with some of their own tips as well.

Here is what they have planned for next week.

  • Monday, November 14 – “Fix My Turkey Dinner” with guest Taye Diggs (from Empire)
  • Tuesday, November 15 – “Snap-Worthy Sides” with guest Ali Wentworth (from Nightcap)
  • Wednesday, November 16 – “Stuffing Gone Wild” with guest Andrew Rannells (from Falsettos)
  • Thursday, November. 17 – “Desserts To Die For” with guest Billy Eichner (from Billy on the Street)
  • Friday, November. 18 – “Appy Thanksgiving” with guests Ziggy Marely (author of Ziggy Marley and Family Cookbook) and Christian Hendricks (from Bad Santa 2)

Other Thanksgiving dinner tips can be found online. The Chew airs 1 p.m. on ABC.

If the cooks on the Food Network are more your style, you’re in luck, as they are offering a smorgasbord of good ideas beginning this weekend. It will be hard to decide which are indeed the best dinner recipes.

Saturday, November 12

The Pioneer Woman: Frontier Friendsgiving – 10 a.m.
Ree Drummond shares recipes for Turkey Roulade, sausage stuffing, Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Kale, Boozy Gravy, and a Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail.

Trisha’s Southern Kitchen: Giving Thanks – 10:30 a.m.
Trisha Yearwood and her sister Beth share recipes for Sweet Potato Pudding, Slow Cooker Pulled Turkey, Buttermilk Cornbread, and Cran-Apple Crisp.

The Kitchen: Friendsgiving – 11 a.m.
Nancy Fuller, Valerie Bertinelli, and Geoffrey Zakarian share recipes for Lemon and Herb Roasted Turkey, Root Vegetable One-Dish side, Ultimate Thanksgiving Mac and Cheese, Pumpkin Pie, and Berry Kir Royale. Tips will also be given on how to plate a turkey.

Ayesha’s Homemade: Double Trouble – 12 p.m.
Ayesha Curry shares recipes for Mac and Cheese, Creamed Cornbread, Southern Mustard Greens, and Jerk and Fried Turkey.

Valerie’s Home Cooking: Thankful for Family – 12:30 p.m.
Valerie Bertinelli and her husband, Tom, share recipes for Fennel and Citrus Roasted Turkey with Gravy, Cinnamon Raisin Bread Stuffing with Sausage, Mom’s Waldorf Salad, and Cranberry Pomegranate Crumb Bars.

Sunday, November 13

Guy’s Big Bite: Wham Bam Thank You Lamb – 9 a.m.
Guy Fieri goes nontraditional with recipes for Balsamic Braised Leg of Lamb, Sweet Potato Gnocchi and Peas, and Prosciutto.

Farmhouse Rules: Gigi’s Thanksgiving – 11:30 a.m.
Nancy Fuller shares recipes for Roasted and Braised Turkey with Cognac Gravy, Root Vegetable Mash with Thyme Brown Butter, Pull-Apart Butter Rolls with Everything Seasoning, Pecan Pie, and Bourbon Cranberry Cocktails.

Giada’s Holiday Handbook: Thanksgiving Feast – 12 p.m.
Giada De Laurentiis shares recipes for Spicy Turkey Breast, Smoky Candied Carrots and Walnut Gremolata, Wilted Baby Kale, and Chocolate Caramel Crunch Pie.

Brunch @ Bobby’s: Almost Home for Thanksgiving – 12:30 p.m.
Bobby Flay shares recipes for Chocolate Pumpkin Swirl Bread with Marmalade Butter, Waffle Cornbread Stuffing Sandwiches with Turkey, Cheddar, Bacon, and Cranberry Dijon Gravy Dipping Sauce, and Bourbon Apple Hot Toddy.

Guy’s Grocery Games: Thanksgiving in Flavortown – 8 p.m.
Four chefs compete making a regional Thanksgiving dinner using only seven pounds of ingredients. Then, they will have just 15 minutes to create a party plate for “unexpected guests.” Finally, the two chefs still standing will get two minutes to shop for a Thanksgiving dinner.

Clash of the Grandmas: Thanksgiving at Grandma’s – 10 p.m.
Four grandmas go head-to-head in a cooking battle judged by Monti Carlo, Nancy Fuller, and Eddie Jackson. The first task is to improve on a traditional stuffing recipe, then there is Thanksgiving leftover challenge and finally two grannies will be left to create a Thanksgiving pie on a stick! The winner receives a $10,000 prize.


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Other Thanksgiving-themed episodes on Food Network worth considering include the following.

  • Monday, November 14 – Chopped: Turkey Day Heroes at 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 15 – Chopped Junior: Thanks Kidding at 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 16 – Worst Cooks in America: Holiday House Call at 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 17 – Beat Bobby Flay: Thanks but No Thanksgiving at 9 p.m.
  • Friday, November 18 – Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives: Turkey-giving at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 19 – The Kitchen: Ultimate Guide to Sides at 11 a.m.
  • Sunday, November 20 – Giada’s Holiday Handbook: Thanksgiving Brunch at 12 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 20 – Holiday Baking Championship: Thanksgiving Joy at 9 p.m.

Food Network offers full descriptions of the show above as well as many other Thanksgiving dinner tips online.

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