What do people who cook for a living make on Thanksgiving? We were curious too, so we asked four cooking pros to share their ideal Thanksgiving menus and recipes. Even for chefs, Thanksgiving isn't the time for exotic ingredients or hard-to-pronounce dishes – they like comfort food like anyone else. But their styles of preparation are something to admire, and easy enough for all of us to try in our own kitchens.
From turkey to side dishes to desserts, here's a look at their best Thanksgiving menus and recipes:
Host of "5 Ingredient Fix" on the Food Network
Robinson has her priorities when she sits down to Thanksgiving dinner. "I'm a classic girl who likes to see the turkey and gravy but, most importantly, the dressing," she says. "And, of course, cranberry sauce. Those are my only musts."
Turkey: "I don't worry about trussing the bird," she says, referring to tying the legs together. "It actually makes for crispier skin." Butter and rosemary add amazing flavor, she says.
Sides: Dressing, or stuffing, made with "really good bread" is the star – this year's version has brioche and sausage (recipe below). Green bean casserole using her grandmother's recipe is always on the table, too. Cranberry sauce gets a kick from lime and jalapeno.
Dessert: Pecan pie. Think about making this classic dessert as a bar, she says, so that people don't have to sit at the table to enjoy it.
Sausage brioche dressing recipe
By Claire Robinson, courtesy Food Network
Makes 8 to 10 servings
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