11 Trader Joe's Items For Thanksgiving That Everyone Will Be Talking About At The Table This Year
Your heart is racing. You've broken out in a cold sweat. Your hands are trembling. Your entire life flashes before your eyes in but a moment. I'm not talking about a near-death experience. I'm talking about hosting Thanksgiving dinner for the first time — which is pretty much the same thing, when you think about it. Take some advice from this gal who has burned many a-dinners, and add to your grocery shopping list these 11 Trader Joe's items you need at the Thanksgiving table this year.
For years, Trader Joe's has come to the rescue for people from all walks of life who have one thing in common: they can't cook to save their lives. With all kinds of delicious frozen meals, ready-to-eat (and simply amazing) desserts, and the cheapest booze you can find, Joe's is the place to shop this turkey day, especially if you're responsible for feeding the fam.
There is no fear quite like that of preparing Thanksgiving dinner for the first time. I did it myself when my SO and I moved into our first home together. I figured that if nothing else, since it was just the two of us, we were the only ones I might accidentally poison with my homemade gravy, and not some unsuspecting second cousin or grandma. (Silver linings!)
If you're no Martha Stewart in the kitchen and could use a little help this holiday (couldn't we all?), stop by your neighborhood TJ's and grab these items.
1. Turkey and Stuffing Seasoned Kettle Chips
Oh my Goddess, yes. Nothing screams THANKSGIVING like finding yourself elbow-deep in a bag of turkey-and-stuffing kettle chips. Try not to fill up on them before the meal is even served.
2. Cranberry Sauce
Joe's cranberry sauce really comes in handy because it's just too easy to scoop it out of the jar, serve it in a fancy dish, and pretend you made it yourself.
3. Cornbread Stuffing Mix
Anything that combines cornbread and stuffing into one amazing side dish is A-OK in my book. Best part? All you have to do is add broth and butter; and we all know butter makes everything better. Win!
4. Camembert Cheeese And Cranberry Sauce Fillo Bites
So cheesy and delicious, they had to add an extra "e" to "cheese." These delectable little nibbles have it all. They're gooey. They're tart. They're flaky and wonderful. These would make a killer appetizer, although I'd be lying if I said I couldn't make an entire meal out of them, too.
5. Breaded Turkey-Less Stuffed Roast With Gravy
6. Turkey Cranberry Apple Salad
Is it a side dish? Is it a sammy? It's both! Your guests will fall in love with the sweet-and-tangy-and-sour flavor combination of Joe's turkey cranberry salad.
7. Pecan Pie Ice Cream
No. No. Not pecan ice cream. Pecan pie ice cream. That's right. You read it right. Pie + ice cream in one fantastic dessert? Joe, you shouldn't have.
8. Mini Pumpkin Pies
Who has time to make a whole pumpkin pie? (Rhetorical question. The obvious answer is NO ONE.) Save yourself a whole lot of time and trouble — and the obvious mess you'd make in the kitchen — with these adorable, itty bitty pumpkin pie treats. They're delicious and, let's be honest, prettier than any pie a human could make with their own hands.
9. Mashed Potatoes
Are we all aware that these come frozen? Forget scrubbing dirty spuds. Forget feeling and chopping and boiling and mashing and hoping you don't leave any of the lumps it. Joe has your back.
10. Rustic Apple Tart
Rustic apple tarte... That definitely sounds like something someone would make if they were a person who really knew how to cook. Since you're not one of those people, buy it ready-made from the man who knows it all: Joe.
11. Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are so versatile, and they're amazing to cook because you can leave them plain and they still taste like a dream. But if you're in the mood to be a little extra Thanksgiving and want to serve sweet potatoes with pizzazz, Joe's got you covered.