Sweepstakes: Eat (and cook) all of the Food!

Thanksgiving is coming, and you know what that means–quality time with family and friends, and food, food, and more food.


It’s pretty amazing how different everyone’s ideal Thanksgiving menus are. Seriously, every type and style of potato is ingested on that wonderful day. And don’t even get me started on the other side dishes…

If you’re looking to shake up your potato side this year, we’re loving this English Roasted Potato recipe from Stanley Tucci’s new book THE TUCCI TABLE.


Stanley notes: “This was Felicity’s grandmother’s method. By parboiling the potatoes first and then roasting them in incredibly hot oil, you end up with a wonderful crunchy outside and a fluffy, soft inside. The most important thing is to make a real effort to fluff up the outsides before the potatoes go into the very hot oil. These go perfectly with roasted meat.”




2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces

2 to 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

Kosher salt



1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.

2. Place the potatoes in a large saucepan with a pinch of salt and add enough water to cover. Bring the water to a boil and parboil the potatoes for about 10 minutes. (Do not overcook them—otherwise

you will end up with mush at the next step. The outsides need to be just soft enough to be scored with a fork.) Drain the potatoes and return them to the pan. Put the lid on the pan and shake the hell out of it, breaking up and fluffing the outsides of the potato pieces. Set aside.

3. Pour the oil into a roasting pan and place it in the oven until it’s really hot. When it’s hot, remove the pan from the oven and place it on the stove top over low heat. Put the potatoes in the oil and turn them in it several times. Then roast them in the oven for a good hour, turning them twice during the cooking time.

For more great recipes from THE TUCCI TABLE, click here!


We want to make sure that you’re prepared this Thanksgiving (and that you eat well!), so we’re giving away a great prize pack of some of our hot-off-the-press cookbooks. Check out the full rundown below!

The Tucci Table by Stanley Tucci and Felicity Blunt

School of Fish by Ben Pollinger

In the Kitchen with Kris by Kris Jenner

The Pollan Family Table by Corky, Lori, Dana, and Tracy Pollan

MEAT by Pat LaFrieda and Carolynn Carreño

Dominique Ansel: The Secret Recipes by Dominique Ansel


Is your mouth watering yet?


We want to know what your favorite Thanksgiving food is! Tell us in a comment below to enter for your chance to win our Thanksgiving cookbook prize pack!

Contest begins at 9:00 a.m. Thursday, November 13 and ends at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 20th. Sorry, contest open to U.S. residents only. Please click here for complete contest rules


(Still hungry? Check out our delicious roundup of “foodie” reads here!)

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The Tucci Table

The Tucci Table

Stanley Tucci and Felicity Blunt

Featuring family-friendly recipes and stunning photography, an all-new cookbook from New York Times bestselling author, beloved actor, and respected foodie Stanley Tucci.

School of Fish

School of Fish

Ben Pollinger

There's plenty of fish in the sea, and Chef Ben can show you how to cook all of them!

In the Kitchen with Kris

In the Kitchen with Kris

Kris Jenner

From America’s favorite momager comes a new cookbook and entertainment guide filled with Kris Jenner’s very own insightful tips and favorite recipes.

The Pollan Family Table

The Pollan Family Table

Corky Pollan, Lori Pollan, Dana Pollan and Tracy Pollan

A gorgeous, fully illustrated collection of recipes, cooking techniques, and pantry wisdom for delicious, healthy, and harmonious family meals from the incredible Pollan family—with a foreword from Michael Pollan.



Pat LaFrieda and Carolynn Carreño

Pat LaFrieda, the third generation butcher and owner of America’s premier meatpacking business, presents the ultimate book of everything meat, with more than seventy-five mouthwatering recipes for beef, pork, lamb, veal, and poultry.

Dominique Ansel

Dominique Ansel

Dominique Ansel

Dominique Ansel: The Secret Recipes reveals the stories and recipes behind his most sought-after creations and teaches lovers of dessert everywhere how to make magic in their own kitchens.



122 comments so far

  1. I just might have to try those potatoes. They sound very good. Favorite dish I do at Thanksgiving is fresh cranberries with mandarin oranges.

    • The cranberris with mandarin oranges sound good, too. But my favorite Thanksgiving Dish is my dad’s Butterscotch Pie – on his copy of the recipe he had “flower” instead of “flour”. Priceless.

  2. elainareads

    I love the turkey but especially leftover turkey so that I can make turkey bacon avocado sandwiches with the next day.

  3. These seem so simple and tasty! I would have to say that my favorite Thanksgiving food is pumpkin pie (I know, original right?). I have such a sweet-tooth and this dish definitely satisfies any sugary cravings.

  4. Sounds great! My favorite Thanksgiving food is my grandma’s stuffing–she gets up early to make it, and it is always heavenly, and especially good for leftovers (not that there are many!)

  5. I am not sure I can pick one thing, I sure do love corn casserole though.

  6. For me, it has always been the homemade apple pie. My mom and I used to make it together and now my tennage daughter and I have taken over the baking.

  7. Stuffing is my favorite!!!

  8. My favorite Thanksgiving dish is the sweet potato casserole. It was my mom’s recipe and I am now the keeper of the recipe. It can substitute for a dessert and everyone loves it!!

  9. sunshinehdfan

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish has to be the pumpkin rolls. I wait a year for them : )

  10. headacheslayer

    My favorite thanksgiving dish is sweet potato casserole….sweet potatoes topped with brown sugar, coconut and pecans….so awesome!!

  11. infinitieh

    Mmmmm…. pie….

    As for non-desserts, I do like garlic mashed potatoes.

  12. debrahall1961

    my favorite is bread pudding with warm lemon sauce

  13. Corn Bread Stuffing.

  14. I totally love making soup with the leftovers, hooray for one meal lasting a week and a half!!

  15. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE the stuffing that goes into the turkey. I don’t care who makes it or what recipe it is but I could eat it all year round. SOOOOO yummy 🙂

  16. My favorite Thanksgiving food is my mom’s homemade bread stuffing cooked outside of the turkey

  17. My favorite Thanksgiving food is the sugar-free pie my mom always bakes me. I might never know what she plans (and she won’t yet share the secret recipes she’s created just for me), but I know I’ll have a delicious raspberry fluff pie or a scrumptious cheesecake all of my own. Maybe someday she’ll part with those recipes…

  18. susanbeamon

    My most favorite dish at Thanksgiving is Pecan Pie. This is the only time of the year we make this pie.

  19. Pumpkin Pie, for sure!

  20. Favorite Thanksgiving food is a cranberry relish. It starts with Mom’s relish of ground raw cranberries, apples, oranges and walnuts. I put this mixture into a base on sour cream and horseradish. My family loves it.

  21. I don’t know if I could just pick on thing! But if I had to, it would be the green bean casserole. Yum! (a close second would be my mashed sweet potatoes or my homemade cranberry sauce). Too much good food to just pick one. 😉

  22. keizerfire

    I love cranberry salad made with fruit, nuts, and coconut.

  23. Homemade mashed potatoes with gravy

  24. It’s got to be the pumpkin pie!

  25. My favorite food is equally the turkey, stuffing, potatoes and gravy……can’t have one without the others!

  26. I’m all about ham! I was never a big turkey person, so I love it when on a rare occasion someone brings ham! I also fancy pecan tassies!

  27. My favorite dish is my Dad’s Banana Pudding made with ‘Nilla Wafers and Fresh whipped cream topping.

  28. Those potatoes look yummy! I do love my sage gravy – worth all the work!

  29. loseydoris

    Pumpkin pie

  30. AuthorUnpublished

    My favorite thanksgiving day food is this odd little recipe my mother used to make when I was a kid. It consists of cranberries blended up and then combined with whipped cream and mini marshmallows. It’s a weird dynamic of tart/sweet and oh so good! I’ve never seen anyone else make it–my mother called it cranberry salad.

  31. bluecat731

    My favorite is the turkey!

  32. My grandmother’s butternut squash casserole. It’s velvety, simple and unforgettably delicious. I am so happy to have her recipe now that she’s not here to fix it anymore. Food = memories. And cooking it for my family keeps her spirit alive!

  33. I make a mean stuffing and yes I love all the other dishes that come with Thanksgiving, but the stuffing is by far what I look forward to every year. The stuffing confirms the holiday season has begun!

  34. beckiestoneking

    pumpkin pie. no whip cream, just the pie.

  35. My favorite dish is tangy red cabbage boiled with salt and butter and bit of sugar and caraway seeds with a splash of vinegar at the end. My Norwegian grandmother called it something that sounded like “surakol” and made it for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner.

  36. That’s the way my wife makes roast potatoes, too. My favorite dish is sausage rolls, which are made completely from scratch — both pastry and the sausage mix.

  37. sweetjudyblue

    Mashed potatoes with gravy. But that recipe looks awesome. Will have to try them.

  38. serenity84

    The homemade gravy. I get it once a year and have to deal with bland stuff the rest of the time. Bad as it may be, I cover my turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing with the stuff. It’s too delicious!

  39. I love everything about the turkey: roasted all morning in the oven while I read a good book and finish dinner prep. Stuffing enriched with all the good turkey juices. Dollop of cranberry relish on top of a few slices of the white meat. A small scoop of horseradish relish to go with the dark. I’m counting the days!

  40. Those potatoes sounds delicious. I love the turkey.

  41. Homemade gravy because I only do it on holidays~

  42. Love my sister’s sausage stuffing!

  43. barbnickelsen

    Thanksgiving dinner is my favorite meal of all time! Hard to pick just one dish but if I have to it’s real mashed potatoes and homemade gravy.

  44. My grandma made the best mashed potatoes with lots of butter and milk heated on the stove. I doctor mine with sour cream to make them even creamier.

  45. So many faves but I’ll say the turkey and pumpkin pie.

  46. queeniecondie

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is stuffing.

  47. sportsfan58

    My mother’s stuffing recipe–plain, simple, and scrumptious beyond belief!

  48. TerriMarie

    Stuffing made with day old Italian bread, sausage,raisins and lots of chopped parsley-with handful of parmesan cheese -Thanksgiving family old-style favorite!

  49. Is there anything better than homemade pumpkin pie?????

  50. Cranberry Salad…the day after as a condiment on a turkey sandwich.

  51. DonnaGirts

    My favorite for thanksgiving is the stuffing.

  52. DonnaGirts

    My favorite thanksgiving dish is the stuffing!!

  53. I love green bean casserole with French’s fried onions. Mmmm

  54. My family insists on Pumpkin Cheesecake at Thanksgiving!!

  55. bookworm4evs

    My favorite Thanksgiving food has to be either scalloped potatoes or Turkey stuffing! I hope I can win and get a new favorite!

  56. My grandmother’s cranberry salad. The recipe is nearly 100 years old.

  57. My fave Thanksgiving food is wild rice stuffing.

  58. bookwinked

    Homemade pecan pie!!!

  59. My favorite thanksgiving side dish is sweet potatoes. My sister taught me how to make these awsome sweet potatoes with butter, syrup, cinnamon and sweet potatoes! Delicious!

  60. My favorite is corn bread stuffing!

  61. bleulaguna

    My roasted sweet potatoes with maple syrup and spices. The scented cinnamon sticks, star anise, cloves, orange peel and maple syrup simmering away in the stove on a chilly early holiday morning makes the whole house warm and inviting before the turkey even gets going!

  62. Oven roasted turkey breast!

  63. My favorite Thanksgiving food is leftover everything!

  64. My favorite is green bean casserole.

  65. I can’t believe that you are making me choose just one Thanksgiving dish! I would have to say the green bean casserole is one of my absolute favs (trying it from scratch this year). But I would also have my mashed sweet potatoes and fresh cranberry, orange, & walnut sauce as a close second.

  66. My favorite thanksgiving dish is either sweet potato casserole it my mother’s Italian style green beans.

  67. My favorite Thanksgiving food is Green Bean Casserole.

  68. My two favorites are Turkey and Candied Sweet Potatoes

  69. CrystalMirror

    I wait all year for pumpkin bread.

  70. philostine

    mom’s apple pie

  71. My favorite is stuffing with gravy!!!

  72. My favorite Thanksgiving food is the broccoli cornbread dish that I can never make quite like it tastes on Thanksgiving.

  73. My favorite Thanksgiving dish is a Louisiana tradition: gumbo!

  74. Those potatoes were what my Granny called “second hand”, and also one of my favorites.
    My favorite holiday dish is “Cherry delight”, a graham cracker, or oreo, pie crust with powdered sugared cream cheese topped by cherry pie filling.

  75. I love everything on our Thanksgiving table, but especially the fact that, as a nation, we all pause to be grateful for all our blessings!

  76. So many faves…but I would have to say potatoes and gravy is up there at the top!

  77. Cheddar, jalapeno, bacon mashed potatoes.

  78. Diane Sallans

    I love a good sausage stuffing – my Mom’s was the best!

  79. Purdue Boilermaker

    Got to have stuffing- bread, apple’s, cranberries,walnuts, celery and onions, sausage and plenty of Turkey broth. Yummy

  80. Our family Thanksgiving special dish is an asparagus/cheese/egg casserole. We’ve had it on every holiday table for 70+ years, in farflung places, with a variety of faces. Everything else we could find anywhere, but that bubbling asparagus means WE ARE HOME!

  81. My favorite food at Thanksgiving is the pumpkin pie! I look forward to it the most.

  82. SierraRaven

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is my grandmother’s stuffing recipe. I also adore giblet gravy, as well as a piece of warm Pecan Pie served with a scoop of Dulce de Leche ice cream. Yummy!

  83. It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving dinner without the green bean casserole and home made yeast rolls.

  84. OH MY GOSH!!! This is like the ultimate giveaway!! I would give up my first unborn child to win this!! I LOVE to cook! No joke, I will wake up at 3am and make a full 3 course meal! But, to answer the question, I love the turkey!! I usually have to make 2, because these people will try and eat one, before I can even get it to the table! Thank you for the giveaway!

  85. My favorite food at Thanksgiving is actually the turkey sandwich the next day with all the leftovers, including my Mum’s stuffing and cranberry sauce! I have been trying to make stuffing like my Mum my entire adult life and have fallen just short of the mark. Try, try again!

  86. Pumpkin pie, apple salad, pumpkin pie, cranberry relish and pumpkin pie.

  87. jackripple

    Turkey – perfectly cooked and moist with the skin nice and crisp!

  88. LindaBruno

    Fresh made cranberry sauce with chopped apples, pecans and spices.

  89. knitwithme

    It used to be my mom’s stuffing, but now it’s the mushroom and leek bread pudding from Ina Garten that’s the star of our dinner! (Oh, and the homemade cranberry sauce. I love me some cranberry sauce.)

  90. emmjaepenniman

    My fave Thanxgiving dish is a side dish my mom makes of greens beans cooked with potatoes and ham hocks and it is so good that you’ll eat the fork…. ☺

  91. My favorite Thanksgiving dish is the stuffing!

  92. momof3boysj

    stuffing is my favorite side for Thanksgiving

  93. HarryBawls

    My favortive Thansgiving food are the pies – I like them all – pumpkin, apple, chocolate, banana creme. I also love turkey stuffing, gravy, turkey, masked potatoes, cranberries, corn, biscuits and chestnuts (did I leave something out – do I have to choose?)

  94. chattycathy69

    Yum, sweet potato casserole with pecans and marshmellows melted on top accomplied by roasted turkey, a sqaush, onion and cheese casserole, cornbread stuffng, fresh cranberry relsh and a pinot noir! perfecto!

  95. I love Stanley. Ive seen snippets of his cookbook and would love to win it. The potatoes recipe looks so good. My family is Irish. Hence the love of potatoes. Haha. I love to cook and bake and all the cookbooks shown here look so great. I make a mean cranberry salsa/relish that my men love. (Husband + 2 boys). Happy Thanksgiving. I so hope to hear from you all.

  96. It’s the pumpkin pie with whipped cream.

  97. My favorite Thanksgiving food? Can’t pick just one…sausage balls by grandma, mashed potatoes by uncle steve, turkey by mom & dad, cookies by aunt diane…the list is endless but these are staples every year. The most important is that I get to see my brother! He visits for a week and that’s the only time I see him every year so it’s very special to me.

  98. Besides white turkey meat it’s a dish of mashed potatoes mixed with mashed turnips and add some cream and butter. My kids say, it wouldn’t beThanksgiving without that and turkey. But it really is so good with a little gravy added. Thanks for this wonderful giveaway opportunity.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  99. I love my grandmother’s Pineapple Whip – I’ve loved it forever and continue her tradition with my family.

  100. My favorite Thanksgiving food is the pie! Pumpkin, apple, pecan are go-to desserts for the holiday.

  101. sawyer_gibson

    Sweet Potato Pie! Usually a slice before and after I ‘gobble gobble’ the reach of Thanksgiving dinner.

  102. My favorite Thanksgiving food is watergate salad. It’s cool whip, pistachio pudding mix, and pineapple all mixed together. Sometimes we add colored marshmallows too.

  103. Thanksgiving for me is all about my mom’s stuffing. She’s gone now so I make it – my family expects the same meal each and every Thanksgiving!

  104. For me, it’s the side dishes: hashed Brussel sprouts with pancetta and toasted walnuts; really good garlic mashed potatoes; or one perfectly plain baked yam with butter!

  105. curiouacutecitykitty888

    My dad’s usual Chinese-Spanish spiced turkey. We just use the juice and oil as gravy since it is seasoned with soy sauce and cilantro….
    It use to be difficult trying to explain to many generation American friends our odd Thanksgiving meal but now I appreciate the unique spread. We also love roasting a variety of potatoe wedges and sprinkle some dried herbs on them.

  106. my favorite dish is a potato casserole dish that was handed down from my grandmother. you mash the boiled and peeled potatoes and put one layer down in the dish then you add ground beef that you had already browned previously. you then add another layer of mashed potato and bake in the oven. its like a meet and potato lasagna dish!

  107. rosaliem2001

    Seriously? It’s alll about the Turkey! Love that turkey.

  108. my Mother’s recipe for sweet potatoes roasted in cream a little butter and cinnamon-so good

  109. ladymorrighan

    Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie. (see animation at top of page and that’s all you need to know. lol.)

  110. ladyshelby

    Almost always, butternut squash, all warm and cinnamon-y, except this year I’m more homesick than usual, so it’s probably tied with everything my Aunt Fran’s serving this Thanksgiving. <3 =)

  111. donnabelle23

    My two favorite ingredients for Thanksgiving are food+family. Turkey and ham are great but so are ribs and potato salad. Any food combination will do as long as my family is happy, healthy and getting along with one another:)

  112. kmichels06

    Ooh, my favorite part is always the side dishes: Stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, etc… 🙂 I could eat a whole meal of side dishes

  113. I do not have one particular favorite, but I do enjoy it when we have a pumpkin pie to enjoy at the end of the Thanksgiving meal

  114. It is a tough call between our family’s recipe for stuffing or pecan pie

  115. rivkachava

    I love, love, love Thanksgiving Stuffing. That, to me, is the best part.

    Oh, and Pecan Pie. 🙂

  116. Turkey, dark meat only, please!

  117. If I have to choose just one, it would have to the green bean casserole. I am trying this from scratch this year & I am really excited. Though I think that the cranberry sauce and my mashed sweet potatoes make a close second!

  118. fairelaine

    Roast potatoes with gravy!

  119. My favorite is pumpkin pie with real whipped cream.

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