Warm Thanksgiving memories are often made when plates piled high with rich, delicious dishes are passed around the dinner table. Whether you stuff your stuffing with oysters or swap out turkey for Cornish hens, everyone has their own recipes for making Thanksgiving Day special, including famous chefs.
From the traditional to the experimental, "Nightline" has collected Thanksgiving recipe favorites for you to try on your dinner table from our Platelist featured reknowned chefs including Guy Fieri, Paula Deen, Daniel Boulud and Dan Barber.
Growing up, Chef Guy Fieri says his family never had a "normal" Thanksgiving. From lamb to salmon, there was nothing that was left off of his family's Thanksgiving dinner table, not even a barbecued turkey.
"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," he said.
With these wacky food traditions at heart, the host of four Food Network shows says that when it comes to cooking Thanksgiving dinner in his kitchen, he "cannot do it normal." Just like his parents had done when he was a boy, Fieri also makes enough food to feed an army every year.
"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!"
With so much delicious food to get through, Fieri also specializes in how to turn Thanksgiving leftovers into new and mouthwatering meals. One dish that has been a huge hit in his home kitchen and in his restaurant, Johnny Garlic's, is the "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.
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The queen of savory Southern meals, Food Network star Chef Paula Deen said her fondness for food grew out of being in her grandmother's kitchen, where "there was just nothing she couldn't cook." The Georgia native said Thanksgiving is her favorite holiday, "because it's just about food, family and friends: my three favorite 'f' words."
With a twist on the traditional Thanksgiving bird, Deen said she'll substitute turkey for Cornish game hens -- a favorite dish of her husband, Michael. However, Deen adds that her Thanksgiving meal isn't complete without good old country stuffing, mushroom giblet gravy and creamy butternut squash soup.
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Although he grew up in Lyon, France, super-star Chef Daniel Boulud has two scrumptious autumn food favorites that would be a perfect addition to any Thanksgiving dinner table: Swiss chard gratin and stuffed cheese pumpkin.
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