Turkeys! They don't mean no harm. So, why does the preparation of this Thanksgiving delicacy appear to be such a daunting task? Images of stuffing, basting, roasting, and basting some more consume the cook's mind... will the bird ever be done?!? This year, have no fear! These StarChefs have the solution to all of your holiday frustrations with insider turkey tips and otherworldly recipes to help make this Thanksgiving a culinary dream.


Norman Van Aken
Executive Chef/Owner, Norman's, Coral Gables, Florida

Turkey Stuffing "Havana"
Turkey Picadillo with Raisins, Olives, White Rice and Black Beans

Patricia Williams
Executive Chef, Butterfield 81, New York City

Potato Blini

Hans Röckenwagner
Executive Chef, Röck and Röckenwagner, Los Angeles, CA

Parsnip Pancakes

Christian Delouvrier
Executive Chef, Lespinasse, New York City

La Dinde d'Action de Grâces (The Thanksgiving Turkey)
with Chestnut Brioche Stuffing and Turkey Jus
Turkey Croquettes

Sheila Lukins
Cookbook Author, U.S.A. Cookbook

My Thanksgiving Turkey
Cherry Cornbread Stuffing

Claudia Fleming
Pastry Chef, Gramercy Tavern, New York City

Oatmeal Stout Gingerbread
Maple Flan

Alex Stratta
Executive Chef, Renoir, Las Vegas, Nevada

Foie Gras, Chestnut and Apple Stuffing
Cranberry and Ginger Sauce

Dean Fearing
Executive Chef, The Mansion on Turtle Creek, Dallas, TX

Roast Turkey with Chili-Pecan Sauce and Cranberry-Jalapeño Relish
Roast Duck with Sweet Potato-Pear Purée and
Cranberry-Texas Cabernet Sauvignon Sauce

Oven Roast Pheasant and Pumpkin-Molasses Purée,
served on a Sauce of Apples, Tequila and Ancho Chiles
with Crispy Tortilla Relish

Rozanne Gold
Cookbook Author, Entertaining 1-2-3

Oyster Bisque
Turkey Ballottine with Fresh Sage and Garlic Pan Juices
Wild Rice with Five-Hour Onions
Roasted Acorn Squash And Carrot Purée
Cranberry Conserve

Slow-Baked Pears, Sauternes Aspic

Michael Smith & Debbie Gold
Co-Executive Chefs, The American Restaurant, Kansas City, Missouri

Sweet Potato and Bacon Swiss Chard Bundles
New Potatoes tossed with Black Peppercorn Butter and Scallions
Spinach Salad with Maple Bacon and Winter Squashes
Hubbard Squash Soup

Polenta and Andouille Sausage "Stuffing"
Warm Persimmon and Apple "Pot Pie"