"Sometimes it would only be 5-6 people or maybe 10. But [my dad] would always make food for 500 people. Leg of lamb, turkey, a salmon, a bunch of vegetables, I mean, just crazy things. And pie. …I never heard of barbecuing a turkey, a matter of fact I wouldn't even tell anyone we barbecued the turkey, because everyone else did normal turkey, but not the Fieri's. We barbecued it."
Fieri has continued that tradition with his own family.
"Thanksgiving to me … I cannot do it normal," he said. "It has to be, you know, Grand Marnier cranberry sauce with lemon zest, deep fried turkey, a smoked turkey, a barbequed turkey, a boneless turkey, a pastrami. … There's prime rib, but I can't just do one kind of prime rib, I gotta do it three ways. Ravioli is very key. Ten raviolis last year. I mean crazy raviolis ... I want the eating to go on for days, like a Roman feast!"
One dish that's a big hit in the Fieri household and in his restaurant, Johnny Garlic's, is "Tequila Turkey Fettuccini Alfredo." "It's kind of a traditional fettuccini Alfredo sauce done with some fresh roasted turkey, some jalapeños, some garlic, deglazed with a little tequila, hit a little bit of cilantro and heavy cream. It's dynamite," he said.
It's a crowd-pleasing dish that's a great way to use your leftover turkey, Fieri added.
"You probably had enough leftover turkey for turkey sandwiches; this one works dynamite right in here because you're taking the turkey, as well as it holds together and adding some different flavors to it that you normally don't find at the Thanksgiving table. ... Think you had a lot of people over for Thanksgiving, but wait until they try this leftover. They're not going to leave."
Fieri also shared his recipe for roasted and pureed cauliflower, "not your regular old Thanksgiving Day broccoli."
"Cauliflower is one of the vegetables I wasn't a real big fan of because my parents made me eat it I think too many times, but I came up with a recipe that I think will turn anybody into a cauliflower lover."
And to finish off your meal, Fieri suggests a holiday cocktail with spiced pumpkin liquor.
"I know not everybody has that, but you can actually find it in your liquor store these days."
This Thanksgiving, Fieri says he's most grateful for his family.
"I've got a great wife, two great sons, an incredible mom and dad, my sister," he said. "We're so blessed to have what we have and to take a moment to reflect on it doesn't happen often enough. Fortunately we have a day in our culture where we give thanks, but I give thanks every day. I really do. I'm just surrounded by great people and great opportunities and that to me is…everyday is Thanksgiving. "