Delegate Dinner: Thanksgiving

I absolutely LOVE entertaining family for Thanksgiving, but the thought of actually cooking a meal for this holiday in particular, gives me hives. It’s not like a “casual casserole” is expected. I mean, Thanksgiving dinner is basically the Olympics for cooks all over America. HOWEVER, just because I don’t actually cook (or bake), doesn’t mean I can’t “provide” a traditional Thanksgiving feast. After all, there are SO many wonderful sources out there now for food that tastes just as good, if not better, than anything homemade (or for sure what I would made).

So, for all of you non-cooking hostesses out there like me, I’ve provided a list of my favorite sources for food that will leave you with a standing ovation following your meal. Many of these items can be shipped directly to your door, but plan ahead and order now, as many will also sell out or will not be able to fulfill your order if you wait too close to Thanksgiving. And I’m not sure about you, but I basically repeat this meal on Christmas day. I will prepare (aka thaw or warm-up) these dishes in my own serving pieces, but it’s up to you as to whether or not you chose to reveal the “wizard behind the curtain”- tell your guests you didn’t actually make it all. After all, a southern lady is entitled to her secrets, right?

Greenberg Smoked Turkey, inc.: Thanks to one of my wonderful Instagram “friends,” I discovered Greenberg Smoked Turkey. While I prefer a traditional roasted turkey, the men in my family are obsessed with smoked turkeys. Thus, you can imagine my delight in finding this very well reviewed and highly recommended company that delivers these right to your door, ready to serve. Be sure to read the info on when to order, as these turkeys only stay fresh for a certain period of time unless you freeze them, so I will be requesting mine be delivered just a few days before Thanksgiving!

Perini Ranch Steakhouse: Y’all, these tenderloins are to die for, they are SO good! Paul’s grandmother has been shipping them to us for years for his birthday, and they are DEVINE. They are cooked to perfection (medium), and you simply store them in your freezer and then defrost before serving at room temperature. You cannot go wrong with this brand if you love beef tenderloin. And bless my mother- she will even use the leftovers in beef bourguignon a few days later, and it’s incredible in that dish as well. The gift that keeps on giving!

Honey Baked Ham: If you’re looking to offer something besides turkey on Thanksgiving, look no further than Honey Baked Ham. They have stores in numerous cities, but you can also order hams (and countless other products) online. I love ordering their hames for family holidays as you can use the meat days later for ham rolls and in sandwiches- another gift that keeps on giving. I usually order the “Honey Baked Ham- Bone-In Half”, and it too arrives ready to serve!

Callie’s Hot Little Biscuits: Y’all probably know by know that I’m a big fan of Callie’s Hot Little Biscuits. While I love all the varieties they offer, for Thanksgiving, you can’t go wrong with their classic “Buttermilk Biscuits”. You simply freeze them upon arrival and then pop them in the oven per the instructions before you’re ready to serve them. They taste like you made them from scratch, and these too can be eaten the next day for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

Savannah Classics Casseroles: Another sweet Instagram “friend” suggested I try the Savannah Classic Casseroles that you can find at Kroger a few weeks prior to Thanksgiving (and Christmas). These too are apparently fantastic, and an easy way to provide “homemade” side dishes for the holidays. They offer Sweet Potato Casserole, Broccoli, Rice & Cheese Casserole and Macaroni & Cheese. You better believe I will be trying all these out this year- served in my own dishes of course.

Bob Evans Mashed Potatoes: There is absolutely no reason to make mashed potatoes from scratch when Bob Evans offers the best mashed potatoes out there. They can be found in the chilled section in grocery stores, usually near the hot dogs and bacon. All you do is add in a little butter (at least that’s what I do), and then warm in the microwave or over the stove for mouth-watering mashed potatoes. They even offer “family size” so you can buy them in bulk!

Southern Baked Pie: You can’t have Thanksgiving without pie! I’ve personally been eating these pies for a whole year now, and I’ve yet to taste one that I didn’t absolutely love. They offer both sweet and savory options (and gluten free options too), and the pies are shipped right to your door! They arrive chilled and you can freeze them to serve at a later date. Many of them simply require defrosting to room temperature or to slightly chilled before serving, and the rest come with instructions for warming up in the oven. I’m a huge fan of this southern-based, female-owned company!

Caroline’s Cakes: When we serve cake at our parties, you better believe it’s caramel cake. And if you’re looking for a good one that can be shipped directly to your door, then look no further than Caroline’s Cakes. These cakes are delicious, and their 7-Layer Caramel Cake is fantastic. They make great gifts, but are also the perfect desserts to serve at your dinner parties. You can thank me later…

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