Chef tips and recipes for last-minute Thanksgiving help

Chefs David Rose, Jamika Pessoa and Lorena Garcia answer your Thanksgiving cooking questions.
5:41 | 11/24/22

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♪ >>> THERE GOES. OUTSIDERS FOR OUR ANNUAL THANKSGIVING 911. YOUR LAST-MINUTE COOKING QUESTIONS AND WE, OF COURSE, HAVE EXPERTS HERE. THAT IS NOT WHIT, JANAI AND I TO GIVE YOU ADVICE. THE AUTHOR OF "EGGEN" CHEF DAVID ROSE, JAMIKA PESSOA AND CHEF LORENA GARCIA, OWNER OF CHICA RESTAURANTS. LET'S START WITH YOU, STEVEN. WITH A QUESTION FROM NANCY. HOW DO I CUT MY COOKING TIME IN HALF BECAUSE THIS IS WHAT TAKES UP YOUR WHOLE DAY. >> TWO HOURS, BELIEVE IT OR NOT. I LOVE GRILLING AND SMOKING SO WHAT WE'RE DOING IS SPATCHCOCKING. WHAT IS SPATCHCOCK, YOU REMOVE THE BACK SPINE AND PRESS IT FLAT, GBD, GOLDEN, BROWN, DELICIOUS. MUSTARD SEED, BLACK PEPPER, BROWN SUGAR BECAUSE YOU'RE SO SWEET. GET OUT THERE, PAPRIKA BECAUSE I'M SPICY, GARLIC POWDER, ONION POWDER, CUMIN, WHISK THAT FOR ME. >> THIS BROWN SUGAR -- >> IT'S A LITTLE DRY, BUT, YOU KNOW, IT'S ALL GOOD. >> NOT MY BEST MIXING. >> SPICE BAYE IT UP. YOU WANT THE SPICES TO ADHERE. >> YES, GET THAT NICE AND DRY AND LIKE CRISPY TURKEY. GREAT TIME TO IMPART FLAVOR. WE HAVE WOOD CHIP, MESQUITE, APPLE, CHERRY, NICE FLAVOR AND DOING 350 IN DIRECT HEAT, SLOW AND TWO HOUR, THE MOST FLAVORFUL, JUICY, SMOKY TURKEY. LOOK AT THAT. LOOK AT THAT. >> NICE. MM-MM. >> YUMMY. >> HERE WE GO. >> STILL GOOD. >> PERFECT. >> NEXT UP HERE, JAMIKA HOPPING ON THE FIRE TRUCK. A VIDEO QUESTION FROM SANDY ABOUT THE THANKSGIVING STAPLE MASHED POTATOES. TAKE A LOOK. >> I WOULD LIKE TO SPRUCE UP MY REGULAR BUTTERED POTATOES THIS YEAR. WHAT CAN I DO? >> ALL RIGHT. THAT'S YOUR CUE. >> WHAT CAN SHE DO? THESE POTATOES PEOPLE WILL TALK ABOUT FOR YEARS TO COME. SPINACH ALFREDO, MASHED POTATOES. THIS IS THE EASIEST SAUCE YOU COULD MAKY YOUR LIFE. MILK GOING IN, CREAM CHEESE GOING IN, OH, WE LOVE THE CREAM CHEESE, YES. YOU LEFT THAT MELT AND JUST TAKE YOUR TIME WITH IT AND ADD IN PARMESAN CHEESE. SEASON IT UP WITH SALT AND PEPPER AND THAT BAG OF SPINACH YOU HAVE, DEFROST IT, SQUEEZE THAT MOISTURE OUT AND MIX IT INTO YOUR SAUCE. HERE IT IS. WE HAVE MASHED POTATOES, PLAIN RUSSET POTATOES ONCE YOUR SAUCE COMES TOGETHER. LOOK HOW LUXURIOUS THAT IS. >> LUXURIOUS. >> LUXURIOUS, PUT IT IN A CASSEROLE DISH AND TOP IT OFF WITH PARMESAN CHEESE AND CHANGE YOUR LIFE AND MASHED POTATOES. >> THIS IS PHENOMENAL AND NOT COUNTING CALORIES WITH THIS ONE. >> NOT AT ALL. >> ALL RIGHT. OKAY, SO, LORENA, YOUR TURN ON THE FIRE TRUCK. A 911 QUESTION FROM BRITTANY ON TWITTER WHO WROTE, I'M A GOOD COOK. BUT NOT SUPER EXPERIENCED, BRITTANY, I'M WITH YOU, GIRL. BAKING DESSERTS, NEED A RECIPE THAT WILL BE A FAMILY TRADITION. >> MAKE YOUR FAVORITE SPONGE CAKE. I HAVE -- I CREAM A LITTLE SUGAR WITH BUTTER, THEN I HAVE MY EGGS, MY SIFT OF FLOUR WITH BAKING POWDER. YOU HAVE THIS BEAUTIFUL SPONGY MIXTURE THAT YOU'RE GOING TO PUT IN YOUR BAKING DISH THEN YOU'RE GOING TO BAKE IT AT 350 DEGREES FOR ABOUT, WE'LL SAY, 30 MINUTES THEN ONCE YOU HAVE YOUR CAKE WHAT YOU'LL DO, YOU'LL POKE IT WITH A STICK AND THEN YOU'RE GOING TO MIX REGULAR MILK WITH CONDENSED MILK AND EVAPORATE IT AND BATHE YOUR CAKE. >> OH! >> YOU'LL LET IT SOAK OVER AT LEAST TWO HOURS. >> FLUFFY? >> YOU SEE, IT'S SUPER DELICIOUS AND IT'S JUST A PERFECT -- A LITTLE BIT OF WHIPPED CREAM RIGHT ON TOP, RIGHT? YOU SEE HOW NICELY SOAKED IT IS? THEN AFTER YOU ADD WHIPPED CREAM YOU ADD A LITTLE BIT OF PINEAPPLES DICED WITH -- >> OVER HERE, YEAH. >> DO YOU LIKE IT? >> I DO. I LOVE IT. DELICIOUS. >> THANK YOU. >> WHIT, YOU GUYS HAVE MORE OVER THERE. >> WHIT IS STILL EATING. >> I'M STILL EATING. FORGIVE ME. I THOUGHT EVA WAS GETTING TO THIS. SIDE DISHES. KATE HAS A FIRE TRUCK LOADED QUESTION ABOUT SIDES. I LOVE FALL SALADS AND ALWAYS LOOKING FOR NEW IDEAS. CAN YOU HELP? >> YOU DON'T HAVE TO BREAK THE CALORIE BANK HERE. NUTRITIOUS SALAD. ROASTED SWEET POTATO, WALNUTS, DO DRIED CHERRIES, DRIED CRANBERRY, A CITRUS MAPLE DRESSING. MAPLE SYRUP, ORANGE ZEST, ORANGE JUICE, FRESH GREENS, YOU CAN DO PART OF SPINACH OR ARUGULA. DICED APPLE. THIS IS A GREAT SALAD FOR VEGETARIANS AND TOP IT OFF WITH FETA CHEESE OR GOAT CHEESE. TOSS THAT TOGETHER. THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SALAD. >> MY MOUTH IS FULL. >> THAT'S A HAPPY -- >> I WASN'T WAITING FOR THE SEGMENT. [ LAUGHTER ] >> ALL THESE RECIPE HEAD TO

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