Are you in charge of making a traditional Thanksgiving dinner this year? Thanksgiving weekend can be one of the most stress-filled times of the year, especially when you’re the one entertaining guests. You’ll need to plan the menu ahead of time and create a grocery list of items for the big day. Your list will also need to account for meals and snacks guests will be craving the day and weekend after Thanksgiving Day.
I’ve found that shopping at the grocery store the Monday before Thanksgiving makes it easier to round up all of the fresh ingredients and must-have items before other shoppers manage to clear the shelves.
Use this list to pick up all of the important ingredients you’ll need for your Thanksgiving week meals:
Thanksgiving Day Grocery Items
Your Thanksgiving Day menu will vary depending on your guest list and personal tastes, but most traditional Thanksgiving meals will include all or some of the following items. If you’re not planning to roast a turkey yourself, you’ll need to place an order for pickup or home delivery the day before Thanksgiving and may need to place your order up to two weeks in advance.
Pick up these essentials from each department at your favorite grocery store:
– Whole frozen turkey, or frozen boneless turkey
– Green beans
– Sweet potatoes
– Pumpkin (for baking)
– Cream of Mushroom soup
– Other soups
– Dried fried onions (for green bean casserole)
– Stuffing mix
– Gravy mix or pre-made gravy
– Cranberry jelly
– Salt, pepper and other seasonings
– Pumpkin pie filling
– Pecan pie filling
– Pie crusts
Dairy and Refrigerated Items
– Refrigerated rolls
– Prepared yeast rolls and breads
– Prepared desserts (if you’re not baking)
– Fresh veggies for a salad
– Lettuce mix
– Fresh cranberries and fruit (for desserts)
Beverages (based on guest and host’s preferences)
– Red or white wine
Thanksgiving Weekend Grocery Items
When it’s time to use up leftovers from the Thanksgiving Day feast and keep guests happy for the weekend after the holiday, you’ll need to flex some creative cooking skills and develop brunch, lunch and dinner menus, as well as some snack items for those who aren’t eating at traditional meal times.
Muffins, coffee cakes and breakfast breads made with pumpkin, chocolate or cinnamon are a great addition to the Thanksgiving breakfast and brunch table, and can also be a tasty snack between meals. Baking up sweet treats, including cookies, brownies and dessert bars can keep guests happy and satisfied throughout the day.
You can use leftover turkey in dozens of creative recipes. Turkey wraps, turkey panini, turkey salads and stuffed turkey sandwiches are a few great ways to use up all that leftover meat. Consider picking up some of these “extras” for Thanksgiving weekend:
– Bread, wraps and fresh rolls for sandwiches/paninis
– Sliced cheese for sandwiches
– Potato chips
– French fries
– Cake, brownie or cookie mixes
– Brunch cake mixes, or pre-made brunch cake
– Breakfast pastries
– Coffee, hot chocolate and frappe mixes
Whether you’re entertaining a few friends or the entire family over Thanksgiving Day and weekend, you’ll need to plan your menu and make a list so that you don’t miss some key ingredients. Use this list to start populating your own Thanksgiving grocery list, and look forward to a memorable holiday!