Check out these Thanksgiving finds.
If you need help curating your Thanksgiving shopping list, Trader Joe’s is here to help. The California-based chain just dropped its Fearless Flyer Thanksgiving Guide, and the annual list of shopping suggestions is packed with everything you could ever need or want for the perfect Thanksgiving meal. From fresh turkeys to sweet treats, the fearless flyer has something for everyone—whether you’re cooking a whole spread for your loved ones or plan to be a guest at someone else’s holiday dinner.
Since the flyer is packed with dozens of items for every course, we’ve gone ahead and picked our favorite 13 products we think are worthy of your hard-earned money this year. Keep reading for a roundup of the best Trader Joe’s Thanksgiving products!
Veggies & Greens Salad Kit
Every great meal starts with a salad, and Thanksgiving is no exception. For a bowl of greens and other goodies that requires virtually no prep, pick up this scrumptious salad kit. Each bag is packed with chopped broccoli, shaved cauliflower, shaved Brussels sprouts, radicchio, green cabbage, and kale, as well as pistachios, dried pear crumbles, and a honey ginger dressing. The only thing that might be missing for some is cheese. We suggest a shaved Parmesan or crumbled goat cheese. Once you add everything to a bowl and dress it, your first course is ready.
Cornbread Stuffing Mix
There is certainly no shortage of ways to prepare your stuffing, and Trader Joe's is well aware that many consumers can't get enough of cornbread stuffing in particular. Not only does TJ's sell its own boxed Cornbread Stuffing Mix, which you can prepare at home in under 20 minutes, but there’s even a gluten-free version available for those who don’t eat gluten.
This carb-packed dish boasts a base of fluffy cornbread croutons (just like the boxed version), which are seasoned with herbs such as oregano and sage. The stuffing also includes onion, celery, garlic, and mushrooms, which add an earthy flavor.
Fresh Cranberry Sauce
If you’re not a canned cranberry sauce fan, but don’t have the time or resources to make the fresh stuff, you can compromise with store-bought fresh cranberry sauce. This version from Trader Joe’s is made with whole cranberries that have been stirred and brought to a boil with water and sugar just until they pop. Elevate this side by adding some chopped pineapple and/or chopped nuts just before serving. The added flavor and texture will take this TJ’s purchase to the next level.
For something a tad different, Trader Joe’s also sells Fresh Cranberry Orange Relish that adds chopped oranges to the mix.
If you’re cooking a whole turkey, it’s easy enough to use the bird’s drippings to make a gravy while it finishes cooking, but if you’re making turkey pieces or simply can’t deal with preparing yet another dish, reduce your stress by using this boxed gravy from TJ’s. It boasts herby flavors, has zero lumps, and is ready in just minutes. Plus, it’s easy to upgrade too. To level up this store-bought gravy, try cooking it on the stovetop and throwing in additional herbs, spices, or even a few splashes of wine.
Sweetened Dried Cranberries
Cranberries are, of course, the star of cranberry sauce, but they can seamlessly be worked into other parts of the Thanksgiving meal as well for some extra festive flair. Go ahead and toss a handful in a salad for a tart surprise, or amp up some homemade stuffing with this jewel-toned seasonal fruit. And once Thanksgiving is over you can add any leftovers to a yogurt parfait, your favorite rice dish, or even bake ‘em into biscotti.
Brined Bone-In, Fully Cooked Half Turkey Breast
Trader Joe’s fully cooked turkey breast, which includes the bone, is ideal for those who aren’t planning on cooking a whole turkey this year. It’s marinated in a brine of salt, sugar, black pepper, and garlic-herb butter, and is then seared and slowly cooked sous-vide. To prep this time-saver at home, all you need to do is heat it in the oven for about 40 minutes. The result is a low-lift turkey dinner that’s much easier to cook than an entire Thanksgiving bird.
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Cut a few corners on prep by picking up some Mashed Sweet Potatoes. These spuds have been peeled, cooked, and mashed, then frozen into portioned pucks that are perfect for Turkey Day. Use this freezer aisle find as a standalone side with some butter and chopped toasted pecans mixed in, or go ahead and incorporate these sweet potatoes into casseroles or pies.
Herbs de Provence Potato Wedges
No Thanksgiving table is complete without potatoes, and if mashed sweet potatoes aren’t your thing, give these flavorful wedges a try instead. Each bag is made with a mix of two golden potato varietals, Melody and Agata, which are cut into bite-sized pieces and seasoned with olive oil and a classic Herbes de Provence blend that includes oregano, savory, rosemary, basil, and thyme. The spuds are then roasted until they’re crisp on the outside and creamy on the inside, and then flash frozen. What this means is that all you need to do when you’re ready to chow down is finish these potatoes in the oven or air fryer for a few minutes.
Les Petites Carrots of Many Colors
For a veggie course that’s as delicious as it is photogenic, pick up some of these colorful carrots. Each bag is filled with purple, yellow, white, red, and orange carrots that are already peeled and trimmed for you. This means you can go straight to roasting these beauties, or using them however you see fit. While roasted carrots are a classic, beloved side, you can also use these veggies as part of a crudités platter to kick off the multi-course Thanksgiving meal. The choice is yours!
Broccoli & Cauliflower Gratin
For a side that combines veggies and cheese, this is the one to grab. The frozen find, which comes from a supplier in Italy, contains broccoli and tender cauliflower (they make up 50 percent of the dish!) that are roasted and cocooned in a velvety, buttery sauce, then blanketed with a crust of mozzarella and Grana Padano cheese. Are you drooling yet?
With all the talk about various holiday pies, it can be easy to forget that there are other holiday dessert options on Thanksgiving. Enter these Apple Blossoms, which are individual pastries filled with sweet, cooked apples and topped with a tasty bit of cinnamon crumble. They’re basically like little apple pies, with the crust folded over so each one looks like a blossom, making them ideal for those who plan to serve individually portioned desserts after dinner.
If there’s anything pumpkin-flavored on your holiday menu, go right ahead and add a few cans of Trader Joe’s Organic Pumpkin to your shopping list. The ingredient is of course great for whipping up pumpkin pie, pumpkin cupcakes, and anything else pumpkin-flavored, but it also shines in pumpkin soup, pumpkin bread, and even pumpkin gnocchi.
Nantucket Style Cranberry Pie
Yes, Trader Joe’s sells pre-made pumpkin pies, but if you’re looking for a different dessert that’s not as sweet yet equally festive and delicious, give this lesser-known cranberry-packed option a whirl. The chain’s buttery Nantucket Style Cranberry Pie boasts a base of tart cranberries and walnut pieces, and there are accents of almond and vanilla throughout. You can find this confection in the freezer section. When you’re ready for dessert, simply pop it in a 325-degree oven for 20 minutes and serve. It doesn’t get easier than that!
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