We're not going to lie: Cooking Thanksgiving dinner can be really, really stressful. You need to make sure your roasted turkey has crisp skin and moist breast meat. Your stuffing needs to be seasoned to perfection. And of course, your mashed potatoes need to be buttery and fluffy. Even if you make a detailed Thanksgiving timeline and spend weeks prepping for the big day, it's inevitable that you're still going to be a little short on time. So to save yourself from going mad and to save tons of time, it's best to just buy some things premade from the grocery store.
We're not talking about buying a roasted turkey and boxed stuffing. Some Thanksgiving dishes are too sacred not to be made from scratch. But there are certain dishes that, while essential to the perfect Thanksgiving dinner plate, aren't the stars of the day. We're talking about you, corn.
And then there are just other dishes that professionals can make better than the average home cook. Your breads don't rival whatever Pillsbury can do, your ham glaze is probably too sweet, and your apple pie is soggy. Sorry, but we all know it's true.So if you want save yourself some time and effort this November, just buy these items from the grocery store. iStock
You don't want to spend a lot of time on Thanksgiving working on Turkey Day snacks, and that's totally understandable! Buy shrimp cocktail, potato skins mozzarella sticks, and other frozen appetizers pre-made to keep your guests satisfied until dinnertime. iStock
Apple pie can actually be really labor-intensive. Between peeling the apples, mixing them with spices, whipping up the two crusts, and making sure you bake it correctly, it's kind of a lot to deal with. Consider buying a pie instead, perhaps from one of the best apple pie bakeries in America. iStock
Corn is frequently an afterthought on the Thanksgiving table, but we still can't imagine this holiday without it. To make this vegetable as easy as possible, buy a microwavable bag that already has the butter in it. iStock
Homemade cornbread has kind of a lot of ingredients. Buying a cornbread mix is a great shortcut and will save you money and from doing so many dishes. iStock
Everyone just prefers the canned stuff anyway, so you may as well lean in to it. Save the fresh cranberries for your cocktails. Dreamstime
You already chop enough vegetables for your turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes. Save yourself the pain of doing even more chopping by buying a crudité platter from the store. It even comes with dip, for the ultimate easy appetizer. iStock
Glazing your own ham is messy, and it's hard to nail the exact levels of sweetness. You're already roasting a turkey, so leave this protein to HoneyBaked Ham. They're the experts. iStock
Yes, homemade gravy is far superior to the jarred stuff, but collecting the turkey drippings and turning it into gravy is a maddening task when you're trying to cook so many other things before dinner is served. Save yourself the stress and buy this premade. iStock
Honestly, can you truly bake a better roll than Pillsbury's crescent rolls? Probably not. If you want to go the traditional roll route, buying quick brown-and-serve rolls will save you tons of time and energy, and they frankly taste good when served warm. iStock
You don't want to be chopping iceberg lettuce, tearing up spinach, or shaving carrots before Thanksgiving; it's just tedious. If you're serving a green salad, just buy a few bags and call it a day. You need to save your energy for the best Thanksgiving side dish recipes.
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