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What is the Best Online Gourmet Thanksgiving Food?

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 mail-order Thanksgiving food online this year, including appetizers, turkeys, side dishes and desserts. 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.

what are the best places to order gourmet mail-order Thanksgiving food this year?

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?

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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.

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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.

the Best Online Gourmet Thanksgiving Food right now

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:

1. Murray’s Cheese Top Shelf Holiday Assortment

Murray’s Cheese. Make your gathering intentionally cheesy with Murray’s Holiday Top Shelf assortment ($190). 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 individual offering of gourmet cheeses and cured meats.

BUY NOW – $190.

2. Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co. Soups

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. The “Fogged In” soup sampler might be a good bet to ensure that all your guests can find a favorite flavor. 

BUY NOW – $120.

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3. The Cajun Turkey Co. Herb-Roasted Turkey

This bird from the Cajun Turkey Company via Neiman Marcus is cooked with garlic, onion, lemon, basil, and rosemary. It ships fully cooked and frozen.

BUY NOW – $105 (for 10-12 people)

4. Callie’s Charleston Biscuits

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 Shortcake Biscuits ($39.90).  And if you like sweet over savory, how about some Iced Blueberry Biscuits ($23.90)  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

5. Martha Stewart’s Thanksgiving Sides Bundle

Williams-Sonoma is partnering with Martha Stewart this year on a bundle of side dishes for 8 people that includes Mushroom, Leek and Herb Stuffing. Classic Cranberry Sauce. Celery Root and Yukon Gold Potato Puree. Cauliflower Custard. Sweet Potato Puree with Browned Butter Maple Syrup. And Apple Cranberry Crisp!


BUY NOW – $249.95.

6. Williams-Sonoma Ultimate Turkey Thanksgiving Dinner for 12

Starring a Willie Bird free-range turkey, this over-the-top full meal also includes classic Thanksgiving side dishes plus rolls, gravy, and pumpkin and pecan pies for dessert.

BUY NOW – $699.95.

7. Louisiana Crawfish Co. Turducken

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.

BUY NOW – $74.99.

8. Heritage Foods Pork Roast

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.

BUY NOW – $176.

9. We Take the Cake Turkey Cake

Thanksgiving desserts should be unlike anything else that graces are tables the rest of the year. And we haven’t found anything more whimsical, funny, and goofy and delicious than this Turkey Cake from We Take the Cake Bakery. It’s comprised of four tiers of golden, buttery vanilla cake and finished with chocolate cream cheese frosting. We dare you not to smile when this dude makes his appearance on the buffet table.


BUY NOW – $89.95.

10. The PieCaken

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 with cinnamon buttercream. You can order it online this year on Goldbelly. Just thaw overnight and then grab your stretchiest sweatpants and a fork.

BUY NOW – $99.

11. Salted Carmel Apple Pie from Four and Twenty Blackbirds

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).

12. Zingermans Turkey Rescue Kit

Zingermans. Impress everyone with your forethought and order a Turkey Rescue Kit ($125), which includes everything you need to make an epic leftover sandwich in the days following Thanksgiving. The kit includes 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!

the best places to order gourmet mail-order Thanksgiving food

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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Jillian Tangen is the Head of Research at Dandelion Chandelier and a former Senior Research Analyst at McKinsey & Co and Analyst at Shearman & Sterling. She is an avid fan of Nordic design, having owned an independent lifestyle store and sales agency focused on emerging Scandinavian design. Jillian lives in New York and is married with three young children. She loves cross-country skiing, the New York Rangers, reading, travel and discovering new brands.

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