Mr. and Mrs. Yearwood, as Brooks jokingly calls himself and his wife, gave ABC News a look at what another holiday, Thanksgiving, is like at their Nashville home.
“We kind of do a misfit Thanksgiving for all of our friends who can’t get home for the holiday,” Yearwood said, adding they hosted 20 people last year. “We just kind of say, ‘If you don’t have a place to go, come to our house,’ and we cook.”
Fans may dream of a country music sing-along with Brooks, 54, and Yearwood, 52, and their Nashville friends, but both said that is not the case.
“With us a lot of it’s more like the crew, guys that just kind of move there with a dream,” said Brooks, who just released a special 10-disc boxed set, “Garth Brooks: The Ultimate Collection,” at Target.
Yearwood added there is no singing because “after all that turkey and dressing you just kind of want to take a nap.”
Yearwood, a bestselling cookbook author and host of Food Network’s “Trisha’s Southern Cooking,” does the cooking in the house. Brooks is her sous-chef.
“My job is just to kind of keep everything clean because she’s going to go through 18,000 tablespoons, all this stuff,” Brooks said. “Go ahead and wash it, get it back out again because she’s going to keep going.
On the menu at the Brooks-Yearwood household this Thanksgiving will be turkey, dressing, ham, mashed potatoes, sweet potato soufflé, cranberries, pecan pie, deviled eggs and a rice dish and “all kinds of bread,” the latter two at Brooks’ request.
Yearwood's 'Trial and Error' Thanksgiving Tips
Yearwood said she has learned “by trial and error” to prepare as many dishes as possible before Thanksgiving so she can enjoy the day with family and friends. It also helps, according to both Brooks and Yearwood, that their Nashville home was built for just such a holiday.
Yearwood said her kitchen also has big ovens and multiple warmers, luxuries she does not know how her late mother, Gwen, did without.
“My momma did it in a tiny little kitchen in Georgia and somehow got the whole meal on the table and everything was perfect and warm,” she said. “I don’t know how she did it.”
Brooks, recently named Entertainer of the Year at the CMA Awards, and Yearwood live a life on the road but they always spend Thanksgiving Day together at home. Their first Thanksgiving together as a couple came when they were dating and Yearwood was asked to cook for Brooks’ family.
“There were about 12 or 14 people coming over and I had a turkey recipe that was my mom’s that Garth thought was like impossible because it seemed so easy,” Yearwood said. “He made me do a stunt turkey.”
“He was like, ‘I don’t believe it works,’ so he made me cook a turkey the day before and then when I proved that it worked then I cooked the other one," she recalled. "Now I realize he just wanted more turkey."
“She falls for the stunt turkey every year," Brooks replied.
Trisha's Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe
"Put your oven really hot, like 500 degrees, and you put boiling water in with the bird, you cover it, you put it in the oven for an hour and then you turn the oven off and then you go to bed. You don’t open the door. It self-bastes and when you get up in the morning it’s done. You don’t touch it. You don’t have to baste it. You don’t have to do anything and it’s perfect. People don’t believe it works but it works."
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