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Hosting Thanksgiving at your house? Or spending the day at someone else’s home, but need a side dish or a dessert to contribute to the feast? Or perhaps you have a vegan or vegetarian guest and you want to serve them something they’ll love, but don’t have the skills/time/cookware/patience to make it yourself? No worries. Here are the best places to order gourmet Thanksgiving food online in time for the big day. And no, it’s not cheating. These are so good, your fellow guests will be forever thankful to you for not trying to make them yourself.

We love Thanksgiving: seeing family and friends; turkey trots; multi-faith church services and football games. And of course, there’s the food: the scent of a roasting turkey and stuffing and lots of pumpkin pie with whipped cream to be had. What’s not to love?

Well, dear reader, there is this one thing we do not love:  the stress of preparing a full-on Thanksgiving meal, complete with appetizers, 4 or more different side dishes, a large turkey complete with gravy and stuffing, as well as an assortment of desserts for 12 or more of our closest friends and family.

The average American spends about 15 hours preparing a homemade Thanksgiving meal. That’s a lot to sign up for if you’re working full-time, have kids or other family members to care for, and no helping hands in the kitchen.

Plus you still have to set the table, decorate with flowers, and plan your holiday shopping Black Friday strategy.

Who could blame you for wanting to skip — or at least reduce the burden of  — shopping, prepping, cooking and oven-coordinating this Thanksgiving? We here at Dandelion Chandelier don’t judge.

Whether you’re looking to order in everything fully cooked, or hoping to find appetizers, side dishes or desserts to supplement your home cooking, there are fantastic sources for Thanksgiving food that’s delicious and doesn’t have to be cooked by you.

We’ve pulled together a list of the best places to order pre-cooked options that include all the classic fixings, starting with the turkey and going straight through to the pie. Most come frozen or cold, so you’ll still have to get creative with your fridge and oven space, but, hey – heating up dishes is way easier than starting from scratch. And possibly more delicious too.

Here are 12 Turkey Day ordering ideas to help the big day go smoothly:

Appetizers.

Murray’s Cheese. Make your gathering intentionally cheesy with Murray’s Holiday Feast Deluxe ($185). Packed with everything you could possibly want, from a nutty, Alpine classic to silky, savory prosciutto to some expertly crafted morsels of chocolatey goodness, this spread will be sure to satisfy guests as they wait for the main event.  In addition to platters, you can also find one-off cheeses, cured meats and even pies here thanks to Bien Cuit.  Murray’s offers both one and two day delivery options for freshness, but be sure to order in advance to ensure availability.  Pies must be ordered by November 15.

Murray’s Cheese

Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co. Warm up with some fresh Maine Lobster Stew ($59 for 4 cups) made with large chunks of lobster, heavy cream, butter and milk.  This hearty and rich award-winner is sure to impress. If you love lobster, you’ll also find lobster tapas, lobster grilled cheese and even lobster fondue here for other pre-meal options. Hancock’s soups and stews all arrive frozen so you can order ahead, but in the event you procrastinate they also offer three day, next day and same day delivery – do note that same day is not available on Thanksgiving Day.

Hancock Gourmet Lobster Pot Pie

Sides.
Dean & DeLuca. Deep down, we all know that Thanksgiving is really about the sides and Dean & DeLuca offers all of the essential ones like Garlic Mashed Potatoes ($16), Acorn Squash With Wild Rice ($23) and Rosemary Thyme Stuffing ($18).  You can find almost anything else you might need for the big day, ranging from simple gravy ($15) to an entire Thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings ($240).  Just be sure to order by November 14th.

Rosemary Thyme Stuffing from Dean & Deluca

Callie’s Charleston Biscuits.  Little pillows of crispy, buttery bliss, Callie’s Biscuits are made by hand and are quickly becoming a Southern staple.  We suggest Cheese and Chive Biscuits ($39.90) or Cocktail Ham Biscuits ($57.90).  And if you like sweet over savory, how about some Iced Blueberry Biscuits ($15.90)  Keep in mind that orders are all handmade and require about 5 – 7 days to get from Callie’s kitchen to your door. They arrive frozen, so you can safely order ahead.

Callie’s Charleston Biscuits

Williams Sonoma. Spend more time at the table instead of the kitchen with sides made from scratch by chefs at The Perfect Bite Co. x Williams Sonoma. With options like Truffle Mashed Potatoes ($64.95), Artichoke Kale Parmesan Stuffing ($59.95), Green Beans with Cranberries ($49.95) and Bacon Mac & Cheese ($59.95) you can’t go wrong.  If you are a one-stop-shop kind of person, Williams Sonoma covers everything from apps to sides to turkeys to desserts for Thanksgiving, too.

Williams Sonoma Haricots Verts

The Main Event.

Neiman Marcus. This fashion emporium also serves up some delicious turkey day selections, including a glorious Herb-Roasted Turkey ($105).  Cooked with garlic, onion, lemon, basil and rosemary, all you’ll need to do is thaw and bake for 60 minutes.  The store also has options available for the entire Thanksgiving meal, with its Kevin Garvin Whole Turkey Meal ($495) as well as various sides and other flavored turkey options.  Be sure to place your order ahead for the best choices in delivery date before they sell out. Also note these is no delivery on Thanksgiving day.

Neiman Marcus Whole Turkey Meal

Louisiana Crawfish Co.  Looking for something packed with three times the flavor of a regular turkey? Order a traditional Louisiana bird-trifecta – aka a Turducken We guarantee it will make not only for a spectacular display on your table, but a delicious one too.  Be sure to go all out for the 15lb option that comes with traditional jalapeno cornbread ($79.99).  And don’t worry if you wait until the last minute to order: Louisiana Crawfish Co offers next day delivery options, just not on Thanksgiving day itself.

Turducken

Heritage Foods. In addition to lots of humanely-raised heritage turkey options, Heritage Foods has a delicious Boneless, Rolled and Seasoned Oven-Ready Pork Roast ($208) among many other non-turkey options. This oven-ready roast is perfect for those looking for something outside of the poultry family. All turkey orders must be submitted by November 8th for a November 20th delivery, while other meat options offer a little leeway, with one- and two-day delivery options available.

Heritage Foods Pork Roast

All the trimmings.

You could go with full meal options from Neiman Marcus or Dean & DeLuca or you could go with a New York institution for a complete Thanksgiving meal:

Zabar’s.  The Complete Thanksgiving Dinner ($375) for 10 people includes turkey, stuffing and gravy, and a classic New York style cheesecake to finish the meal. Just be sure to order by November 19th for 1 day delivery.

Vegan and vegetarian dishes.

This year, Whole Foods has teamed up with James Beard finalist Jeremy Fox, author of On Vegetables, on a new range of vegan holiday meals. The star creation is a whole, slow-roasted Romanesco cauliflower dressed in lemon-garlic bagna cauda sauce and a red miso glaze. Other items include cremini mushroom stuffing, roasted acorn squash stuffed with maple and hazelnut dukkah, charred escarole with tomatoes and chickpeas, and frosted sweet potato blondies coated in vanilla frosting and toasted cashews. Each is meant to be shared among two people.

Whole Foods Vegan Thanksgiving Menu 2018

If you want to taste these before buying them for your holiday spread, Whole Foods will be serving them throughout the first week of November at every store’s hot bar in the deli section. You order items online and pick them up in-store. The entire menu runs about $39.99. If you’re just looking for one dish, you can also order a la carte, with prices ranging between $8 and $15.

Something Sweet.

PieCaken. Why choose one dessert when you can have them all? The PieCaken is a combination pecan pie, pumpkin pie and apple Upside-Down cake, layered together with cinnamon buttercream. The company recommends having your PieCaken delivered the week before Thanksgiving (Nov 12) though Thanksgiving week delivery is also an option. Just thaw overnight and then grab your stretchiest sweatpants and a fork.

PieCaken

Four and Twenty Blackbirds. This cult favorite Brooklyn pie shop recently partnered with Goldbelly for nationwide shipping, so that people all around the US can enjoy their delicious pies. Choose from their four best-sellers, which include Bittersweet Chocolate Pecan ($79), Salted Caramel Apple ($79), Salted Honey ($79) or Black Bottomed Oat ($79).

Salted Caramel Apple Pie Four and Twenty Blackbirds

The Day After.

Zingermans. Impress everyone with your forethought and get a Turkey Rescue Kit ($125), which includes everything you need to make an epic leftover sandwich including a loaf of Jewish Rye, Zingerman’s Nor’easter Cabot Cheddar, a half pound of sliced Emmentaler Swiss cheese, a jar of Raye’s Cranberry Mustard, a pint of Coleslaw and half-pint of Russian dressing, and two bags of Zingerman’s Potato Chips, plus four brownie bites for dessert. Leftover turkey and sandwich assembly required.

Get ready to sit back and relax a little this Thanksgiving and enjoy that PieCaken with a dab of whipped cream. Thanks to all the energy and stress you saved from ordering in, you’ll be well-rested and revved up for some serious Black Friday shopping.  Enjoy!

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