Food Wishes®

Wildly-popular Chef John of Food Wishes® is here to show you that you can cook chef-quality recipes at home. His clear videos, directions, tips, and techniques make everything possible. Soon you'll be saying his famous line, too: "...And, as always, enjoy!"

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Chef John's Best Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes

These signature recipes feature all of the classics, including pumpkin, apple, and pecan pies, plus a few inspired takes on seasonal holiday flavors.
By Carl Hanson

Butterhorn Dinner Rolls

Perfect for special occasions or holiday dinners, Chef John's classic butterhorn rolls are light, rich-tasting, and slightly sweet.

Chef John's Butternut Squash Bisque

Rating: 4.88 stars
For a winter special occasion or just a weekday meal, this butternut bisque makes a perfect, warming starter course. The snipped chives and pomegranate garnishes add a festive touch, but you can also use crumbled bacon and a swirl of crème fraiche.

Truly Delicious Brussels Sprouts

Rating: 4.56 stars
If you think you don't like Brussels sprouts, give this recipe a try and discover the cooking technique that makes Brussels sprouts irresistible.

Chef John's Candied Yams

Rating: 4.7 stars
Sure, everyone knows orange-fleshed sweet potatoes aren't really yams, but it makes for a shorter name. I'm not a huge sweet side dish person, but I make an exception for these candied yams that use lemon instead of orange juice as a sweetener.

Buttercrust Pastry Dough

Rating: 4.59 stars
I used a food processor for this tender, flaky pastry dough as it makes it so much easier to achieve the gorgeous 'breadcrumb' texture as you add the ice water. If you use the dough for a savory recipe, I'd cut down the sugar a bit, but not omit it entirely. The most important thing to remember is to use frozen butter and ice cold water.

Pulled Chicken Sloppy Joes (Sloppy Chickens)

I'm showing you how to make what I like to call Sloppy Chickens, which are a cross between a pulled pork sandwich and a classic ground beef Sloppy Joe, except this chicken version is way easier than both of those. And don't let the name fool you, we're not going to need to pull any chicken, since as you'll see, it actually pulls itself. Garnish these with more green onion if desired.

Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast

Rating: 4.73 stars
The real secret here is making sure you sear the meat before the long, slow braising. Serve with mashed potatoes.

Old Fashioned Pumpkin Butter

If you want to contribute something homemade and amazing to a holiday gathering, this simple pumpkin butter is the answer! Imagine the best pumpkin pie filling you've ever had, and then imagine it being 10 times better with a deeper, more intense pumpkin flavor, just the right amount of sweetness, and just the right amount of spices to make things interesting. Spread on buttered toast.

Chicken Marsala Milanese

Chef John cooks chicken cutlets Milanese-style, then tops them with the same amazing mushroom sauce that goes on chicken Marsala.

Chef John's Lasagna

Rating: 4.85 stars
There are only two things you need for great lasagna: a thick, rich, super-meaty meat sauce and lots of it, and a ricotta filling where only the finest cheeses are welcomed. For the sauce, I love a combination of half Italian sausage and half lean ground beef. I also like lots of sauce.

Pumpkin Seed-Crusted Pork Tenderloin Roast

I'm sharing not only what I think is the perfect fall roast, but two key culinary skills-how to properly cook lean meat and how to make a fast, easy, and delicious pan sauce.

Inspiration and Ideas

Chef John's Perfect Prime Rib

Rating: 4.77 stars

This is a specific formula for achieving a perfectly pink prime rib cooked somewhere a shade under medium rare. To use this method you must have a full-sized, modern oven with a digital temperature setting that indicates when it is preheated. Older ovens with manual controls can vary greatly, and the doors may not have the proper insulation.