Reese Witherspoon Jokes That She’s Never Making Ina Garten’s ‘Elaborate’ Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe

Ina Garten leaned into Reese Witherspoon’s insistence that there was no way she’d commit to making her “elaborate” Thanksgiving turkey recipe.

Garten reposted Witherspoon’s video she shared about how Garten’s turkey recipe was pretty aspirational, but she was confident she’d make the same thing for Thanksgiving, blaming the kids. Plus she added, “Nobody wants a salad [for Thanksgiving].”

Reese Witherspoon is never going to make Ina Garten’s Thanksgiving turkey

Witherspoon appeared to possibly be on The Morning Show set when she had her turkey talk with someone who was off-camera. “I just wanna be clear … I’m never gonna make that,” she said about Garten’s turkey in an Instagram video. “I sent Jim the most elaborate turkey recipe that Ina Garten made. It was beautiful. It was like turkey. And she sautées the onions, and she puts them in here. And she puts prosciutto and then she rolls up. She ties it. Then she sticks in a little sage.”

Reese Witherspoon at an event and Ina Garten at a book signing |Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Food Network

“I’m not gonna make that,” she joked. “That I’m never going to make that [laughs]! I’ll make the same dang thing I always make. A sweet potato casserole with the marshmallows. Because I try to do other things. The kids don’t let me. A regular old turkey that’s what everybody wants. And doesn’t anybody want a salad? Nobody wants a salad. And also, do you make your cranberry sauce? You just buy it in a can. I love the can. You gotta buy the can.”

Garten loved the video so much, she invited Witherspoon to cook with her. “Reese, I love this!!! Come cook with me!! Happy Thanksgiving!” she wrote on Witherspoon’s video.

What is her special recipe?

Ina Garten promised this turkey recipe was the best ever. “This week, I’m sharing my favorite Make-Ahead Thanksgiving classics starting with Make-Ahead Turkey & Gravy!” she posted on Instagram. “After years of stressing over the turkey, I found that roasting and carving it ahead of time, arranging it on an oven-proof platter over a bed of gravy, and then putting it in the oven before dinner is SO much easier than trying to carve a hot turkey at the table! It’s also the best turkey I’ve ever made.”

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So how hard is Garten’s turkey recipe? It is designed for the “intermediate” chef and is designed to allow cooks to get a small break on Thanksgiving. Garten’s “Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy and Onions and Sage” is created to add more flavor to the turkey. Her turkey recipe calls for lemon, thyme, and butter. The gravy is an infusion of chicken stock, onion, garlic, sage, brandy, white wine, and plenty of salt and pepper.

Does Ina Garten have a cranberry recipe?

While Witherspoon loves “the can” of congealed cranberry sauce, Garten’s cranberry recipe is almost as easy as using a can opener. Designed for the beginner chef, Garten’s recipe is a mix of fresh cranberries, sugar, apples, orange, and lemon juice.

“Cook the cranberries, sugar, and 1 cup of water in a saucepan over low heat for about 5 minutes, or until the skins pop open,” according to the recipe. “Add the apple, zests, and juices and cook for 15 more minutes. Remove from the heat, let cool, and serve chilled.”

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Want your cranberries with a kick? Try Food Network chef Aarti Sequeira’s cranberry chutney recipe. “I make the cranberry chutney every year, and I always quadruple it because people end up wanting to keep a jar,” she recently told Showbiz Cheat Sheet. “Because I flavor it with black peppercorn and coriander seed and orange zest and pomegranate seeds. So it has a lot of texture and flavor and freshness, a teeny tiny bit of heat from the peppercorn.”