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My Mother’s Thanksgiving

Eleven great chefs share their families’ secret recipes.


George Mendes's Portugese-inspired turkey. All food photographs by Hans Gissinger. Family snapshots courtesy of the chefs.

When it comes to Thanksgiving dinner, tradition and family, of course, are as important as turkey and stuffing. Oh, and it doesn’t hurt if everything is really, really yummy. To ensure that your holiday meal meets all of these criteria, we asked a collection of top New York chefs to share some of the recipes their own mothers cooked at their childhood turkey-day dinner tables— or their own updates thereof. The results, on the following slides, provide a tasty, and homey, soup-to-nuts feast.

See the Recipes:
Alexandra Guarnaschelli’s Scallop Gratin With Gruyère and Scallions
Sara Jenkins’s Purée of Chestnut Soup
George Mendes’s Marinated and Roasted Turkey
David Chang’s Soy-Braised Short Ribs
Shea Gallante’s Sweet Potatoes With Marshmallows
Zak Pelaccio’s Brussels Sprouts
Alfred Portale’s Roasted Cauliflower Salad With Fresh Goat Cheese
Thomas Keller’s Creamed Pearl Onions
Tom Colicchio’s Sausage Stuffing With Golden Raisins and Sage
Mario Batali’s Apple Pie
Karen DeMasco’s Ginger Pumpkin Pie

Food styling by Alison Attenborough; Prop styling by Theo Vamvounakis. All recipes serve 8.


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