Hate cooking? Let these New Hampshire spots prepare Thanksgiving for you

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By Stacy Milbouer

November 14, 2023

We get it. Your family loves the scent of turkey and apple pie cooking in the oven on Thanksgiving. They love the food. They love the traditions and they love the company. 

But let’s face it: Not many of us actually love the work to make that happen: the hours of shopping in crowded grocery stores, hours of prep, and hours of cooking.

The good news is there’s a way you can get all the good stuff without breaking a sweat: You can pick up a prepared Thanksgiving meal at a local grocery store or restaurant. And because these prepared meals need to be heated in the oven, your home will still be filled with all those alluring smells that scream Thanksgiving.

Trust me. My family does it every year and not only is the food better than ours, sometimes it costs as much or less than if we made it ourselves.

Here are four places you can buy a fully prepared Thanksgiving feast—fixings and all.

Market Basket has 28 stores in New Hampshire and all of them will make you a Thanksgiving dinner that you just heat and serve. They like to say, they make dinner so “you can spend more time with your loved ones.” In fact, their meals serve up to 10 loved ones, including a heat-and-serve turkey, mashed potatoes, squash, gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, dinner rolls and an apple or pumpkin pie. They also have ham dinners for 10 guests. Both cost $79.99. To order, call or visit the deli department at your local store.  

Hannaford has 36 New Hampshire stores, all of which offer fully prepared Thanksgiving feasts. You can serve a 10-12 pound turkey, four pounds of potatoes, three pounds of butternut squash, a nearly three-pound green bean casserole with fried onions, a pound and a half of homemade stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce rolls and two whole pies for $79.99. For a smaller party, you can get a 4-7 pound turkey dinner with fixings for $59.99 or a lasagna meal for $39.99. To order, call or visit the deli department at your local store.  

Farm to Table Market (2370 Route 16, West Ossipee) is the place to go if you’re planning a big turkey to-do. Their prepared dinner includes a 22 – 24 pound smoked turkey, mashed potatoes, butternut squash, stuffing, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, gravy and cornbread for $119.99. The last day to order is Nov. 24.

Giorgio’s in Merrimack, Milford, and Manchester can cater your holiday whether you’re eating solo, or have a houseful of guests. They offer Thanksgiving meals for $29.99 per serving. That includes a hefty helping of turkey, Yukon mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, orange-ginger cranberry sauce, green-bean-and-shitake-mushroom casserole, dinner rolls with cinnamon-sage butter and a slice of homemade pumpkin pie. Orders must be placed by noon on Nov. 19.

 

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  • Stacy Milbouer

    Stacy Milbouer is an award-winning journalist and has covered New Hampshire for many publications including the Boston Globe, New Hampshire Magazine, and the Nashua Telegraph.

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