Don't get me wrong; I love cooking the big Thanksgiving Day meal. I love trying to time everything and share space in a small kitchen a lot less, but putting an epic meal on the tabled that you've lovingly prepared and overseen every last detail is special. Still...it's been a long year. And I'm tired. So when I saw that my favorite local prepared foods shop, Brancaccio's was taking orders for a complete Thanksgiving for 6, I got on that pre-order list stat and I'm so glad I did...
Here's what we got for $160:
10-13 lb Turkey with Aromatics
Focaccia Bread Stuffing 1 lb
Cornbread, Sausage & Pistachio Stuffing 1 lb
Bourbon Bacon Turkey Gravy 1 quart
Cranberry Sauce 1 pint
String Beans 2 lbs
Maple Glazed Roasted Sweet Potatoes 2 lbs
Roasted Root Vegetable Soup 2 quarts
Horseradish Mashed Potatoes 2 lbs
1 dozen Caputo Bakery Dinner Rolls
Apple Pie (you could have chosen a pumpkin pie, instead)
The dinner was awesome. Simply awesome. Nice tender and moist turkey. Killer gravy. The horseradish mashed potatoes were actually the first to go, and I'm definitely going to consider making them with horseradish on a regular basis. My family generally doesn't go for sweet potatoes (in any form) and second servings were taken. All in all, we couldn't have been more pleased. My mom is threatening to never make Thanksgiving again. I don't know if I'd go that far, but having dined out for Thanksgiving several times as a kid, if you're into the traditional bird & sides I can say having the whole shebang catered (and catered well) is great. Not just for the food but also the leftovers which we're still working on.