From the archive, 18 May 1991: The Thanksgiving turkey recipes

Audrina Patridge’s turkey sausage stuffing

Patridge says that she doesn’t cook a ton, but her Thanksgiving turkey stuffing is her favourite. “It’s just so easy and so simple. It’s a little bit dense with turkey sausage that’s sautéed, but it’s not overpowering.”

Whoopi Goldberg’s guacamole

During her People’s Choice wins, Goldberg shared her guacamole recipe, and Oprah Winfrey was touched. “Whoopi has been a personal friend for years and years,” she said. “This was one of my favorite dishes to have with me on Thanksgiving.”

Carrie Fisher’s braised guinea fowl

The Princess Diarist star’s braised guinea fowl recipe features duck sausage, and the technique she uses for preparing it uses the virtues of an early-20th-century farmer: “I started making chicken like this when I was about 17.”

Anne Hathaway’s basil and goat cheese-stuffed sweet potatoes

Along with the pumpkin pie, Hathaway’s sweet potato casserole is a Thanksgiving classic that inspired her to choose to create a rendition for Martha Stewart, her grandmother’s favorite holiday.

Fisher says the party trick most people tell her is to “cook (the stuffing) in salt water for 20 minutes and then put it in the crockpot, or under water if you’re really smelly. I have never quite understood why people like to do that.”

Bette Midler’s frittata

Midler says her turkey frittata, or frittata a la francaise as it’s known to a more refined crowd, has endured despite her love of other kinds of kitchen gadgets. “This is one of the few things that is still coming out,” she says. “And it’s a good thing because some people start getting sick of it. You know the kind where you can tell when your turkey isn’t cooked? You want the glaze on the bottom of it. You don’t want a soggy bottom.”

Fisher’s poached chardonnay pumpkin seeds

Pumpkin seeds tend to get a bad rep, but Fisher thinks they deserve a second chance. “I have a piece of toast and I poach these nuts and I have caramelized them with chardonnay jelly,” she says. “If you cook something in the butter and the honey and the chardonnay, you get beautiful caramelised caramelised skin and the peanut butter on top and it’s very, very good.”

Gwyneth Paltrow’s baked potatoes

We’ll let Gwyneth Paltrow know who has won our opinion. “We eat them with either fried green tomatoes or as a side for a roast turkey,” she says. “They are incredible. We don’t make it this year.”

Paltrow uses Gruyère cheese in her mashed potatoes and then picks another cheese to top it. “I really like Gruyère cheese because I don’t use Parmesan in a lot of my dishes, so they do really go with it, and you could have another cheese like a different kind of goat cheese or something like that for it.”

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