Review of Giada at Home – Thanksgiving Favorites

(Last Updated On: November 12, 2011)

I have been busy today watching and reviewing Thanksgiving food shows. The last on my last for the day was an episode of Giada at Home, entitled “Thanksgiving Favorites”. In this show she offers up some Cranberry-Orange Glazed Turkey, Pumpkin and Goat Cheese Risotto, and Roasted Root Vegetable Salad.

Cranberry-Orange Glazed Turkey | Click here for the recipe
Cranberry and orange are a classic combination, that Giada uses in a new way. She makes a glaze using frozen cranberry juice cocktail & frozen orange juice concentrates, along with some orange marmalade. This gets brushes on the turkey when it comes out of the oven. And in another twist, she had her butcher cut up the turkey before hand so that it would cook quicker. You can buy your own turkey and cut it yourself. I attached a video below that shows you how.

She uses the remaining glaze to help make a gravy with the pan juices, although I didn’t think her gravy was thick enough for my liking, I would probably add some thickener to it.

Pumpkin and Goat Cheese Risotto | Click here for the recipe
Giada being Italian loves her risotto. This recipe has a special fall ingredient in it – pumpkin. This is cooked like an other risotto, nice and slow, adding the pumpkin added chicken broth. She uses Arborio rice, which is the best rice to use for risotto.

Roasted Root Vegetable Salad | Click here for the recipe
I like the concept of roasting root vegetables. I am planning on roasting some of my own root vegetables soon, just to eat as a side dish. I would probably leave out the pearl onions. Adding them to a salad is a unique concept, don’t really see cooked veggie on a salad. I would rather just enjoy them hot out of the oven, but for salad lovers this could be a fun option.

If you have tried any of these recipes or plan to I would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below.

3 Replies to “Review of Giada at Home – Thanksgiving Favorites”

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  2. Saw this episode a few days ago; roasting cut up turkey is a marvelous idea for so many reasons. Never occurred to me. Will do that along with roasted vegetables and cornbread dressing (we’re in the South).

    Thanks so much!

  3. Yeah it definitely speeds up the process.
    Thanks for commenting!

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