Thanksgiving Shortcuts

Feel the need for speed this Thanksgiving?

When it comes to Thanksgiving food prep, we know you have a lot on your plate—and that’s before you even get your turn at the holiday buffet. Why not make Thanksgiving a little easier this year, with our recipes and ideas for a speed-scratch menu that takes way less time than usual, and still gets all the raves from everyone at the table.


  • Brine and dine. Juice up your turkey with Our Own Brine Kits. Complete with salt, herbs and a bag big enough for your turkey and all those marinade-y juices.

  • Chop down your prep time with pre-cut veggies from our produce market, like diced butternut squash and shaved Brussels sprouts.

  • Don’t sweat the stuffing stuff. Just mix Our Own Stuffing Starter with Our Own Rustic Stuffing Cubes and bake. Make it your own by adding sauteed mushrooms, turkey giblets, nuts, smoked oysters, cooked sausage… the possibilities are virtually endless, and unexpected mix-ins are sure to make for a memorable meal.

  • Made from scratch doesn’t necessarily mean you have to make it from scratch. We’re cooking up mashed potatoes, turkey gravy, herb stuffing, roasted brussels sprouts and more, ready for you to pick up, heat up, and eat. (We’ll never tell.)

  • Add some “wow, this is amazing” flavor to vegetables and mashed potatoes with Butter Fusion Flavored Finishing Butters. Brush some on your dinner rolls before heating them up for a melty, savory side that will seem much more revolutionary than buttered bread.

Time-Saving Recipes

Make-Ahead Gravy

Doing a good thing in advance makes the big day a little easier. This make-ahead gravy freezes beautifully and heats back up with zero loss of irresistible flavor.

Twice-Baked Cranberry Sweet Potatoes

Give your classic yam casserole some style this year. Tart cranberries and creamy blue cheese complement the sweetness of roasted yams, and pecans top it all off with a delightful crunch.

Speedy Shaved Brussels Sprouts

Grab some of our pre-shaved Brussels sprouts from the Produce Market and you can whip up a quick, easy green side with a delicate texture and a whole lot of flavor.

Our Own Blood Orange Cranberry Sauce

Yes, you can just slather it on turkey, but our citrus-twisted cranberry sauce is so good, we keep coming up with more excuses for enjoying it. Here are a few of them:

Paired with cheese: Top brie, gorgonzola or chevre (fresh goat cheese) with cranberry sauce and serve with crackers.

Cranberry Cocktail Sausages: Brown a package of mini sausages in a sauté pan. Combine 1 cup cranberry sauce and 1/4 cup spicy mustard, add to pan with sausages and warm through for an irresistibly sweet-and-savory hors d’oeuvre.

Cranberry Whipped Cream: Whisk 1 pint whipping cream with 1/4 cup powdered sugar until whipped to stiff peaks. Gently fold in 1 cup cranberry sauce, or make it super-quick by mixing Our Own Whipped Cream with Our Own Blood Orange Cranberry Sauce. Serve on pie, over waffles or in hot chocolate to add a little holiday-ness to your favorite sweet treats.

Cranberry Eggnog Trifle: Whip up a vanilla pudding per box instructions, but substitute eggnog for milk. In small clear glasses, layer diced pound cake (soaked in brandy if you want to give it a boozy kick), pudding and cranberry sauce, and repeat to fill all the glasses. Top with whipped cream and go enjoy.

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