So you don't have a degree from Le Cordon Bleu. Or a Michelin star. Or a $47,000 stove (yes, they actually make a $47,000 stove). You can still cook Thanksgiving like a James Beard chef.
No, really, you can.
All you need is a little time, a lot of patience, and a menu that includes the best Thanksgiving dishes from the best celebrity chefs. These dishes also happen to be on the easy side of gourmet chef-ery. You can thank us later (we only accept bribes that are pumpkin flavored).
Why bother with a whole turkey when you're just going to end up with two-thirds of it left over? Instead, order a whole turkey breast from your grocer. It's much more easy to manage the cooking, and it won't end up packed to go for your guests and overflowing you dog's bowl at the end of the night.
Chef Ina Garten's Herb-roasted turkey breast layers on the fresh rosemary, sage, and thyme for a tasty - and fragrant - main dish.
Emeril Lagasse's Spicy Sausage Dressing
When chef Emeril Lagasse spends years trying to "trying to replicate" his mother's dressing recipe and finally gives up and asks for it, you know it must be good. "It might be the best thing I've ever eaten," he said. His version of stuffing uses Portuguese linguica or hot Italian sausage and milk-soaked bread. Sign us up.
Chef Michael Symon's Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes
Mix potatoes with browned butter and crème fraîche and you have "chef Michael Symon's four-ingredient potatoes" that take the normal spud fare to a whole level of Thanksgiving yumminess.
Rachel Ray's Brussel Sprouts with Bacon
As long as you're going to eat a meal packed with as many calories as you've had in the two weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, you might as well throw in some bacon. This Rachel Ray recipe also adds in a fall veggie: brussel sprouts. If you just crinkled your face up at the thought of eating brussel sprouts at all, let alone on Thanksgiving, trust us. Bacon makes ANTHING better. And it does amazing things to brussel sprouts.
Chef Robert Irvine's Sweet Potato Bread Pudding
Save the marshmallows for roasting by the fire. This from chef Robert Irvine impresses in a whole new way. And, frankly, when the recommended toppings include caramel or bourbon sauce, we're in.
Paula Deen's Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake
She had us at pumpkin. And gooey. This decadent southern desert uses boxed cake, so you know it's easy, and it has Deen's trademark butter party, so you know it's good.
So which recipes are you going to try your hand at this Thanksgiving?
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