Thanksgiving Unstuffed

THANKSGIVING UNSTUFFED: Turkey Day Recipes from Celebrity Chefs Marcus Samuelsson, Gail Simmons

Thanksgiving Unstuffed
Marcus Samuelsson, Gail Simmons and Max Silvestri on FYI’s THANKSGIVING UNSTUFFED.

Looking for some new recipes to turn into traditions for your family this holiday season? THANKSGIVING UNSTUFFED, featuring celebrity chefs Marcus Samuelsson (ABC’s “The Taste,” New York Times-bestselling author of Yes, Chef) and Gail Simmons (Bravo’s “Top Chef”), along with food writer and comedian Max Silvestri, has what you are looking for!

The chefs will be creating an epic Thanksgiving meal for their own friends and family, and want to help you do the same for yours by providing you with some of their favorite recipes. Marcus, for example, will be preparing a delicious “Corn and Cauliflower Soup,” while Gail will be making her amazing “Asian Cornish Game Hens” and Max will offer a one-of-a-kind recipe for “Stuffed Pork Roast Wrapped in Ribs.”

THANKSGIVING UNSTUFFED will premiere on FYI on Thursday, November 20, at 10 p.m. ET. But, to get you started, here is a unique Thanksgiving-themed appetizer from “Top Chef” judge Gail Simmons:

Cornmeal Fried Oysters with Lemon-Cranberry Aioli

Lemon-Cranberry Aioli

Makes 1 cup

  • 1/2 cup frozen cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup canola oil, divided

Add the cranberries, lemon zest, sugar and water to a saucepan. Cook over medium heat until cranberries are soft. Increase heat and cook until cranberries burst, about 10 minutes. Set aside to cool.

In a blender or food processor, combine egg yolk, lemon juice, mustard, garlic, salt and pepper. Blend together until well combined. With blender still on, add the oil in a slow, steady stream until thickened and smooth. Transfer aioli to a mixing bowl and gently fold in cranberry mixture. Season with salt and more lemon juice to taste. Refrigerate until needed.

Aioli can be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Cornmeal Fried Oysters

Makes 12 oysters

  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 12 freshly shucked oysters
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley

In a large shallow bowl, mix together cornmeal, flour, cayenne, salt and pepper. Dredge each oyster well in the cornmeal mixture and set aside on a sheet tray or paper towel. In a large, deep sauté pan add enough oil to cover the base and up the sides about an inch. Heat the oil over medium high heat until very hot. Working in batches, to not crowd the pan, fry oysters until golden, about 1 minute. Transfer oysters to a paper towel-lined plate. Garnish with parsley and serve hot with Lemon-Cranberry Aioli.

Image & Video:  Courtesy of FYI, Used with Permission

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4 thoughts on “THANKSGIVING UNSTUFFED: Turkey Day Recipes from Celebrity Chefs Marcus Samuelsson, Gail Simmons

  1. I was looking forward to this show until I saw the commercial and heard the burp it grossed me out so much that I have to change the channel when it comes on and there is no way I am going to watch the show now. I have learned that I am not alone in this sentiment….nice way to ruin a show.

  2. oh grow up, a burp stopped you from watching a great show??? get over it. a burp is a natural bodily function, and if that grossed you out then you need to stop being such a prude.

    This was a great show, great hosts, great food and recipes. I will watch it again if it comes on again.

  3. We would like the recipes. Please send them or tell me how to get them. We loved your show, but disappointed when we could not find the recipes.

    • Hi, Dana:

      We checked w/ FYI earlier today; we will not be able to get all of the recipes to reprint on TVRuckus. But, if you go to the FYI Network website and search “Thanksgiving Unstuffed,” you should be able to find what you need. Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

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