As excited as many are to gather around the table with family or friends for a glorious feast, preparing for a group—no matter the size—can be daunting. Whether you’re overwhelmed (Holly is bringing who? And she’s vegan?), don’t have the time, or just don’t feel like cooking—why not make your Thanksgiving a little bit easier this year by picking up an item or two, or maybe even the whole feast?
A few specific picks:
One90 Smoked Meats Smoked ham
Try something local for your meaty needs this year. With a slew of choices including the holiday favorite—smoked, bone-in spiral ham—there’s enough to impress any guest at your feast. One90 Smoked Meats offers smoked options that are vacuum-sealed, so you can heat when ready to use. Pick up your meat directly from the market, or, depending on how many you’re feeding, place an online order.
Smokey John’s Bar-B-Que & Home Cooking Dressing
Got your holiday bird secured, but dreading the toil of dressing-making? Smokey John’s Bar-B-Que and Home Cooking has you covered. Their holiday menu boasts an array of favorites, but the sides steal the show. Order a pan of their dressing by itself, or indulge in a family pack, which includes smoked turkey, dressing, gravy, cranberry sauce, two sides, and dinner rolls.
Dressing w/gravy: $32/gal
Small Family Pack: $99.95 (serves 6)
Large Family Pack: $129.95 (serves 12)
Chef Gabby McBay Mac and cheese
Chef Gabrielle McBay has just gotten started with her soul food at the Dallas Farmer’s Market (The Shed), but the 27-year-old has been a working chef and entrepreneur for more than ten years. One of the most well-known dishes in her arsenal is mac and cheese. Looking for a twist? Opt for the seafood-loaded mac and cheese.
$65 regular/$95 seafood (both serve 8-10 ppl)
LeRouge Catering Sweet-potato casserole
Chef Amber of LeRouge Catering’s holiday take ‘n’ bake menu includes everything from Cajun cabbage to a creamy kale-and-Brussels bake and her infamous sweet-potato casserole. Take ‘n’ bake items are conveniently packed in an oven safe container and accompanied with easy-to-follow baking instructions.
$45 Small (serves 15-20 ppl)
$85 Large (serves 40-50 ppl)
And places to get the whole feast. We’ve got barbecue temples, steakhouses, seafood joints, and hotels clamoring to offer the best feast:
“Pecan Lodge Catering is now taking orders online featuring a selection of tasty smoked meats, savory sides and decadent desserts for the Thanksgiving table. Choose from traditional smoked turkey, smoked ham with apricot-molasses glaze, spice crusted beef tenderloin, whole smoked brisket, racks of ribs, handmade smoked sausage links, Southern cornbread stuffing, pulled pork and brisket tamales, cranberry sauce, macaroni and cheese and peach cobbler as well as all of Pecan Lodge’s holiday inspired sides and desserts ($15-$145). All food is fully cooked and ready to reheat. Last day for ordering is Friday, November 22 at 5pm and orders must be picked up on Wednesday, November 27 between 8:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Pecan Lodge Catering Facility located at 1618 West Commerce. To shop, go to www.shop.pecanlodge.com or email [email protected]”
Big Al’s Smokehouse
“Ordering is open for smoked turkeys, Cajun fried turkeys, smoked spiral hams, smoked pork loins, made-from-scratch holiday sides, and the entire heat and eat holiday feast. Thanksgiving dinner, done! Holiday feast orders can be made online here or by phone: 214-350-2649.”
18th & Vine BBQ
“Entrees: Maple Smoked Turkey Breast, Whole Maple Smoked Turkey, Whole Brisket, Whole Rack of Ribs, 18th & Vine Salad
Sides: Mashed Potatoes, Jalapeño Cheese Grits, Brioche Dressing, BBQ Vegetables, Macaroni and Cheese, Pit Beans
Sauces: Gravy, Cranberry Sauce, 18th & Vine’s Famous BBQ Sauce
PRICES VARY per person or by the pound – check www.18thandvine.com for more info.”
“Al Biernat’s (both the Oak Lawn and North locations) will offer a takeaway menu featuring a traditional whole turkey with gravy for just $99.00. The 12 to 14 pound turkeys are brined in orange, apple, rosemary, thyme, honey and clove. The turkeys are pre-cooked and come with gravy and instructions for reheating the next day. Side dishes – served family style – ranging from garlic smashed potatoes, mac & cheese, and roasted brussels sprouts with bacon. And pumpkin or pecan pie along with Al’s Famous Coconut Cream Pie. All orders must be placed by Monday, November 25th, and picked up the day before since the restaurant is closed Thanksgiving day. For more information or to reserve your holiday meal, call the Oak Lawn location 214.209.2201, the North location 972.239.3400, or visit albiernats.com.”
“Turkey To Go will be $265 for 8 people and $140 for 4 people, which includes one entree, sides and two desserts. Orders must be made by Saturday, November 23 at 12:00pm by calling 214.720.5330 or email [email protected] Pickups will be on Wednesday, November 27 from 12-5pm, and Thursday, November 28 from 8am-12pm.”
TJ’s Seafood Market
They’ve got seafood platters that include cocktail shrimp, smoked salmon, chardonnay-poached salmon, caviar and blinis, and more. Plus they can be your source for appetizers (yes, that smoked salmon dip), jars of caviar, whole Maine lobsters, beef tenderloin, and gumbo with sides.
Preston Royal Exclusives: Citrus Glazed Boneless Ham, Classic Oven Roasted Turkey Breast, Sweet & Tangy Glazed Turkey Breast, Natural Gravy, Mac & Cheese with Fried Shallots, Sriracha Honey Brussels, Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Crumble, Orange & Mint Fresh Cranberry Sauce, Traditional Stuffing
Holiday Desserts: 3” Chocolate Frangelico Bread Pudding, 10” Key Lime Cheesecake, 10” Pumpkin Spice Pie with Bourbon Caramel and Gingersnap Sprinkle
PRICES VARY per person or by the pound – check www.tjsseafood.com for more info.
Holiday Pitmaster Package ($30 per person, 15 person minimum): Glazed Ham, Smoked Turkey Breast, Snap’d Green Beans, Mashed Taters, Cornbread Stuffing, Rolls, Fruit Cobbler
Smoked Meats: USDA Prime Whole Brisket, Whole Turkey Breast, Spiral Sliced Whole Glazed Ham, Bone-In Whole Pork Loin Roast, Whole Beef Tenderloin
Sides: Brisket Baked Beans, Five Cheese Mac, Snap’d Green Beans, Slender Slaw, Mashed Potatoes with Turkey Gravy, Traditional Cornbread Stuffing.
Housemade Desserts: Whole Chocolate Pie, Whole Key Lime Pie, Fruit Cobbler, Banana Pudding
PRICES VARY per person or by the pound – check www.ten50bbq.com for more info.
“French brasserie Bullion is taking the stress out of cooking for Thanksgiving by offering Pies & Sides for your holiday festivities. From gravy with black truffle to stuffing and roasted sweet potatoes to Parker House rolls, they have it covered. All sides are available by the quart and cranberry sauce by the pint to serve four to eight guests. Have the guests leave room for dessert with Chef Ricchi’s traditional Pumpkin and Pecan pies to complete your perfect Thanksgiving meal. Packages are available with options for all Pies & Sides, Sides only and Pies only. Orders must be made ahead of time by Monday, November 18 by calling 972-698-4250 or emailing [email protected] Complimentary valet pick-up will be available on Tuesday, November 26 and Wednesday, November 27 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.”
Stay tuned for our dessert-specific picks.