Thanksgiving Dishes You Should Just Buy At The Store

Cooking Thanksgiving dinner can be very stressful, and there's a lot that goes into planning the perfect meal. While it's a good idea to get an early start on prepping your delicious homemade Thanksgiving dishes, with so much to do, you'll likely still be short on time. To save yourself some time and headache, here are some dishes you should just buy ready-made from the grocery store.


You don't want to spend a lot of time on Thanksgiving working on Turkey Day snacks, so go ahead and buy your favorites. Shrimp cocktail, potato skins, mozzarella sticks and other frozen appetizers keep your guests satisfied until dinnertime and require nothing more than a microwave at most.

Apple pie

No holiday is complete without some scrumptious homemade pie, but if you're in a pinch, making an apple pie from scratch can be very time-consuming. Between peeling and cutting up the apples, mixing them with spices, whipping up the two crusts and making sure you bake it correctly, you've spent the better part of an afternoon baking. Consider buying a pie instead, perhaps from one of the best apple pie bakeries in America.


Corn is an afterthought on the Thanksgiving table, but we can't imagine this holiday without it. Skip the corn pudding and just buy a microwavable bag that already has butter in it.


Homemade cornbread actually has quite a few ingredients, and you may not always have the essential ingredient, cornmeal, on hand. Buying a cornbread mix is a great shortcut and will save you money and time.

Cranberry sauce

Most people prefer the canned stuff anyway, so you might as well lean into it. Save the fresh cranberries for other cranberry recipes this holiday season.

Crudité platter

You already chop enough vegetables for your turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes. Save yourself the pain of doing even more by buying a crudité platter from the store. It even comes with dip for the ultimate easy appetizer.

Glazed ham

Glazing your own ham is messy, and it's hard to nail the exact levels of sweetness. You're already making the turkey, so leave this protein to the store.


Homemade gravy is far superior to the stuff that comes in a jar, but collecting the turkey drippings and turning it into gravy can be a frustrating task when you're trying to cook so many other things in time for dinner. Save yourself the stress and buy this premade.


Chances are you probably can't bake a better roll than, say, Pillsbury or King's Hawaiian, even if you've been working on your baking skills. If you want to go the traditional roll route, buying some quick brown-and-serve rolls will save a lot of time and energy, and it helps that they taste pretty good when served warm.


You don't want to be busy chopping up lettuce, tearing up spinach or shaving carrots on Thanksgiving; it's just tedious. If you're serving a green salad, just buy a few bags and call it a day. You should save your energy for the rest of your amazing homemade Thanksgiving side dishes.

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