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Bring Flair To Your Thanksgiving Table With These Food Network Shows

Kristin Koltz Kristin Koltz
November 17th, 2008 11:56am EST
Alton BrownAs a foodie, I never truly understood why so many people dreaded the holidays. Sure, everyone has a "special" family, but it isn't always the proximity to family that make these holidays unique. Thanksgiving is about, what else, the meal!

I love my holidays because my family has always been able to produce a scrumptious holiday meal fit for kings and queens. However, all too often families are stuck eating incinerated stuffing or saw-dust turkey. Have no fear. Food Network has you covered in gravy.

Below is a list of Thanksgiving shows that contain recipes that are sure to wow your crowd, so check out these holiday shows to help turn your culinary catastrophe into a memorable meal:

Dear Food Network
Thanksgiving Turkey (Tuesday, November 18 at 8pm/7c)

The best part about having a network dedicated to food is the plethora of knowledgeable chefs at your fingertips. "Dear Food Network" answers previous questions from viewers and answers them on the show. Any turkey day dilemma that crosses your threshold is fodder for scrutiny by the experts. They'll give you the do's and don'ts to make sure your festivities are flaw-free.

Good Eats
Fry Turkey Fry (Friday, November 21 at 8:30pm/7:30c)

Looking for an unconventional way to prepare your Thanksgiving turkey? Sure, roasting it in the oven is a tradition, but it isn't the only way to prepare a bird. Alton Brown gives you the tips, tricks and safety precautions to allow you to fry your holiday fowl without sacrificing flavor, texture and moisture.

The Remains of the Bird (Friday, November 21 at 8pm/7c)

The family is gone, the house is finally quiet and the dishes are done. All that's left to do is deal with the leftovers. Sure, nuking a plate of turkey day dinner is fine and dandy, but why not…kick it up a notch? Alton's "Remains of the Bird" shows you how to create great culinary masterpieces with what other people didn't take with them when the meal was done. This show includes turkey soup, cranberry jam and sweet-corn bread pudding. Yum!

Iron Chef America
Thanksgiving Showdown (Saturday, November 22 at 9pm/8c)

If you are looking for over-the-top Thanksgiving glory, this is the show to watch. They won't exactly give you recipes, but this dazzling display of deliciousness may be the inspiration you need for your holiday table. Iron Chefs Bobby Flay and Michael Symon team up to face fellow Iron Chefs Masaharu Morimoto and Cat Cora for the ultimate Thanksgiving battle. This isn't your average, ordinary, every-day Thanksgiving, folks.

Barefoot Contessa
Thanksgiving Countdown (Sunday, November 23 at 10am/9c)

Yes, cooking a big family meal during the holidays is stressful. Ina helps break it down with her Thanksgiving Countdown show to help you space out your holiday prep so you, too, can enjoy the day at home with family. Recipes from this show include herb-roasted turkey breast, homemade gravy, sausage and herb stuffing, and celery root and apple puree.

We hope you find this list helpful to bring more pieces of flair to your holiday table, and a start to getting inspiration to make this year the year to remember. Just a warning: These recipes are so good you may wind up hosting more of your families holiday dinners! Enjoy!

Kristin M. Koltz
Story by Kristin M. Koltz
Starpulse contributing writer