We know what you’re thinking – what is Thanksgiving Day food doing on a gift guide blog, right?
Well...all my life I have always heard the same thing from my mother and her mother from the "old country". Food is love and food is a gift as well as life. If you love someone...make them a dish!
Ceasar Chavez said ...
...."The people who give you their food give you their heart."
These days we’re pressed for time. Life is more hectic than it was in the "old country" (as my grandmother would say). And things get even more hectic around the holidays because Thanksgiving dinner is a big deal! It's hours' worth of work for a meal that gets polished off in about 20 minutes. At our Thanksgiving dinner table, once we're done eating, it's a tradition to relax and spend more time at the table just chatting afterward, sipping fine wine, while the kids play in the next room.
Since covid, and supply chain issues, we've missed out on some of our favorite Thanksgiving dinner ideas, and we've been disappointed. Like sweet potatoes and candied yams. And once we couldn't get roasted red peppers! Who knows if your local grocer will have what you need and crave for your thanksgiving dinner menu?
So, we thought, why not get a head start and buy now? Because you wouldn't want to be disappointed again by not having your favorite dishes or dessert this year.
My ma is getting older (like the rest of us) and I don't like her driving in the weather. She is staying home this year to celebrate with my brother and his family. Won't she be surprised when I order everything for her from this list and have it delivered to her doorstep?!! It'll be like we're all together for Thanksgiving!
We've listed everything you need for the best Thanksgiving dinner here. From turkey to simple dishes, to stuffing to sweet potatoes, and even dessert!
If you're on turkey duty this year, no matter if you're a newbie or a seasoned pro hosting Thanksgiving, we've got you covered. We know that the turkey is the star of the show, but don't forget about all the amazing side dishes! Mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and sweet potato casserole are guaranteed to be winners. And remember to order dessert! We listed some pumpkin pie, pecan pie, and chocolate guaranteed to satisfy everyone's sweet tooth.
So, serve up your Thanksgiving menu satisfied you shopped early this year and got all your favorites delivered just in time for a fabulous Thanksgiving meal! Sweet!
Read below for some Thanksgiving menu ideas!
Thanksgiving Menu Main Course
Arguably, main courses are the star of any traditional Thanksgiving feast. Which one will you be serving at your Thanksgiving table?
Butterball, Ready to Roast Whole Bird Young Turkey, Frozen, 12 lbs
This young turkey will serve up to 6 adults. It comes ready to roast and is 12 lbs. It's a "no mess" turkey - straight from the freezer to the oven with no thawing! how much easier can it get?
Butterball All-Natural Premium Young Turkey, Fresh, 12-14 lbs.
Serves 5-8 adults, this is our traditional favorite! This turkey is 12-14 lbs., with no thawing needed., Makes a very juicy deep-fried turkey is what we're told. But we decided we're oven-roasted turkey people.
Diestel, NAE Whole Turkey, Frozen, 10-12 lbs
I cooked this turkey one year and it was wonderful! Worth every penny! Now, years later, I can still remember the taste. I guess you could say it was a memorable main course. They are difficult to find where we live and we're glad we can find them here!
HORMEL COMPLEATS Turkey Dinner & Dressing Microwave Tray (6 Pack)
Holiday meal for one? These main-course frozen TV dinners usually work miracles for those who are lonely during the holidays or don't (or can't) make themselves a holiday meal (like the elderly). Or for the homeless guy you give food to as an excuse to give his dog a meal (and cookies). Guilty!
Creole Foods Turducken with Cornbread Stuffing
Is this the year you finally switch things up in your main course and add Turducken to your Thanksgiving spread? Or are you still wondering what this is? This is a roasted main course dish. It's a boned chicken that goes inside a boned duck, which goes inside a partially boned turkey. Delicious!
Cajun Grocer 5 lb Turducken Roll with Shrimp and Sausage Jambalaya
This fabulous Turducken is ideal for smaller groups, or in addition to your other main course, and has 5 out of 5 stars - need we say more? Yum!
The other Main Course that's always included on our Thanksgiving Menu
Holiday Ham Company Honey Glazed Spiral Sliced Holiday Ham
7.5 - 8.5 pounds, which serves 14 -16, of a warm ham rich in honey-glazed flavor loveliness. Gluten-free heaven!
Pederson's Farms, Spiral Sliced Fully Cooked Uncured Half Ham
This is a Thanksgiving menu main course that never disappoints. Serves 8-10 hungry people at your Thanksgiving dinner table.
All the Fixings
Imagine Roasted Turkey Gravy 13.5 oz
Ready to warm up and pour! A perfect complement to your mashed potatoes, or add a bit to your mashed sweet potatoes, and use the rest for your turkey breast! A surprisingly easy way to add gravy to your Thanksgiving menu!
McCormick Turkey Gravy Mix, 0.87 oz
This gravy, with its seasonal flavors, is ready in 5 minutes! All it needs is a cup of water - and you already have that! It will perfectly complement your mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, and green bean casserole! This is one of the tried-and-true classics we go to for our Thanksgiving menu.
Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce (Pack of 4) 8 oz Mini Cans
The kid inside me still loves the suction noise the cranberry sauce makes as it comes out of the can. And I still love playing with the gelatin-like wiggle on the plate and the sweet taste! A definite Thanksgiving menu item highlight!
Stonewall Kitchen Cranberry Horseradish Sauce, 12 Ounces
This year I am also adding this! Sounds like an oxy-moron of flavors and since I love a little kick of heat, I am excited to try it!
Pepperidge Farm Herb Seasoned Stuffing 12 Oz Bag
I love a big batch of crispy breadcrumbs - a classic side we all love! This is always on backorder at my local grocery store. It's so frustrating - I always miss out! I can't just go to the grocery store in the wee hours of the morning to buy this. So happy - relieved actually - I can find it here - game changer!
A side dish is sometimes more popular than the main course in our household.
Glory Seasoned Southern Style Honey Carrots
This looks like a yummy side dish. Maybe as an alternative to those that don't like candied yams. By honey, they may mean the color because the ingredients don't list honey. But you can always add some!
365 by Whole Foods Market, Bean Green Microwave Trimmed Organic, 12 Ounce
The classic recipe green bean casserole is a side dish I never have to make because it's my niece's specialty! She makes a green bean casserole every year, so it gets added to our Thanksgiving menu.
Del Monte Canned Fresh Cut French Style Green Beans
For those of you who do canned everything - hey, no judging...sometimes you just have to. Add some fresh herbs, fresh thyme, salt and pepper, and toasted walnuts to the green beans, and no one will know the difference. It'll be our little secret.
NEW!! Palmini Low Carb Mashed as Seen on Shark Tank
I love hearts of palm just like the next person but on Thanksgiving???...I want all the carbs! But I do understand you may need vegetarian options...we get it. This will make a wonderful side dish for you healthier folks.
Betty Crocker Homestyle Creamy Butter Potatoes, 4.7 oz (Pack of 7)
What's the best thing on your Thanksgiving menu...that's right...lovely CARBS! And lots of em! Mmmmm...mashed potatoes. Though I totally have to break up with cheese, I will be adding cream cheese and lots of butter to my mashed potatoes. A favorite on our Thanksgiving menu. I usually serve an additional side dish of mashed potatoes without cream cheese for those that crave roasted garlic mashed potatoes.
Betty Crocker Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes, Made with Real Cheese
Potatoes and cheese...is there a meal that is more of a perfect match? Just add water, milk, and butter and your tastebuds will be on a highway to heavenly cheese goodness.
Smithfield Hams Sweet Potato Casserole, Two 2 lb Trays
An already-made sweet potato in brown sugar dish that's ready to serve is a staple on our Thanksgiving menu. We usually serve our sweet potatoes with a touch of maple syrup. But for those who want theirs a bit more sweet, we place a bowl of brown sugar and another bowl of maple syrup on our Thanksgiving table.
Whole Foods Market, Creamy Butternut Mac, 14 oz
OMG...creamy butternut squash in a cheese sauce with pasta and chunks of roasted butternut squash! Makes my mouth water.
El Torito Sweet Corn Cake Mix, 7.4-Ounce Packages (Pack of 12)
Our Thanksgiving menu has a cheat. Instead of making corn pudding, we make this El Torito Sweet Corn Cake Mix instead. We love it.
Dinner Rolls - YaY! More Carbs!
No Thanksgiving menu is complete without dinner rolls.
Whole Foods Market, Brioche Dinner Roll, 12 Count
Yummy Brioche bread. It's one of my favorites!
Betty Crocker Bisquick Complete Buttermilk Biscuit Mix
You just add water, and you get Buttermilk Biscuits!? How can you go wrong? Easy peasy prep with no mess...a no-brainer!
Udi's Gluten-free Classic French Dinner Rolls, 1 Packs Has 6 Rolls
Classic French Dinner Rolls that are yummy and Gluten Free!
Lester's Fixins Outrageous Wild Crazy Unique Flavor Soda
My nephew loves these, so we keep this 6-pack sampler set on our Thanksgiving menu. These unique sodas taste like food - like Pumpkin Pie Soda!
Dessert is what most people are waiting for. Time it correctly because it seems that once it's served it's a sign for your guests to leave. I don't like that, because I want them to stay.
Whole Foods Market Pumpkin Pie
Your Thanksgiving menu is not complete without dessert. A classic pumpkin pie that's lusciously sweet and full of spice, with a flaky pie crust is just the ticket. We serve this dessert with a heaping spoonful of cream. So yummy!
The Alabama Pecan Company Southern Pecan Pie
This handmade sweet pecan pie dessert is fresh, nutty, ooey and gooey and a staple on our Thanksgiving menu. Need we say more?! Oh, yeah, pass the dessert, please!
Philadelphia Candies Milk Chocolate Covered OREO® Cookies, Thanksgiving Tom Turkey Gift
Such yummy creme-filled sandwich cookies decorated with a Thanksgiving Turkey!
Madelaine Highly Detailed 3-dimensional Semi-solid Premium Milk Chocolate Turkey
These small chocolate turkeys are made from the finest Swiss Chocolate. Each chocolate turkey is individually wrapped in beautiful Italian Foil. You can place one at each table setting which is a cute addition to your Thanksgiving dinner ideas.
Astor Chocolate Peanuts Chocolate Thanksgiving Variety Gift Pack
This Snoopy and the Charlie Brown gang are made from rich Belgian Chocolate. A yummy addition to your dessert tray.