What are New York's Politico's Serving up This Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and you're running out of time to figure out what dish you're bringing to your in-laws' dinner. No ideas? No worries! It's A Free Country has got you covered.

This year, we asked politicans and public figures from across New York to share their favorite Thanksgiving recipes. We've got guiltless vegetarian chili from former New York City Mayor Ed Koch, Italian sausage stuffing from Staten Island Representative (and former health food restaurateur) Michael Grimm, apple pie from Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and more!

Since Governor Andrew Cuomo declined to provide an entry, girlfriend Sandra Lee's Semi-Homemade Thanksgiving will have to do. Mayor Michael Bloomberg didn't send back a recipe, but may be just as well, since voters don't seem to have much interest in sharing the holiday with him. Others, like former gubernatorial candidate Charles Barron, had political objections. "I don’t celebrate Thanksgiving because of what they did to the Native Americans," he told us. "I do buy people in my district turkey, though, so they can celebrate with their families."

Still, we managed to compile a pretty sweet batch of pleasin's for the season. So skip the frantic search through cooking websites. Here's everything you need to make a great Thanksgiving meal. And be sure to let us know how the food turns out.

Apple Pie (Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand)




Guiltless Vegetarian Chili (Mayor Ed Koch)




Jimmy McMillan's Middle Class and "Po Folk" Thanksgivings




Italian Sausage Stuffing (Rep. Michael Grimm)




Artificially Sweetened Stuffed Cabbage (Councilman Lew Fidler)




Garlic Mashed Potatoes (Councilman James Oddo)




Swedish Meatballs in Pastry Shells (Union Pres. Stuart Appelbaum)