Last year you spent $500 at the market, bought a free-range bird, and had a nervous breakdown.
After you spent three days in the kitchen prepping, peeling, brining, basting, and baking, even the dog wouldn't touch the food, and you wound up calling in for a pizza.
OK, so you're no chef. But we bet you're one heck of an orderer.
So, this year, let some of Miami's best chefs and markets do the cooking for you. For probably less than what you spent last year, you'll get the entire meal prepared and cooked for you. Just pick it up, heat it (you can do that, right?), and hide all the foil trays in the trash before company arrives.
Icebox Cafe's traditional Thanksgiving dinner package, which serves eight to ten guests, is $260. Dinner includes soup (butternut squash or mushroom chestnut); baby greens salad; a roasted 14-to-16-pound turkey with homemade gravy, cranberry sauce, and your choice of stuffing; a choice of two sides (mashed potatoes, roasted sweet potatoes, lemon-scented string beans, roasted Brussels sprouts, curried cauliflower, roasted beets, or crispy shallots); a dozen buttermilk biscuits or corn muffins; and two pies (apple and pumpkin). À la carte selections are also available, in case it's your turn to bring some sides.
Place your order by Monday, November 25, for pickup Thanksgiving Day from 9 to 11 a.m. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 305-538-8448 to order.
Chef Michelle Bernstein is cooking for your family this holiday. The feast for eight is $225 and includes a 15-to-18-pound herb-roasted turkey with chicken apple sausage stuffing, home-style gravy, orange and candied ginger cranberry sauce; two sides (roasted root vegetables, creamy kale with crispy shallots, green beans almondine, or mixed baby lettuce salad with butternut squash, pepitas, and feta cheese); and pie (apple, pumpkin, or pecan).
Place your order by Friday, November 22, at Crumb on Parchment.
Whole Foods Market has a variety of made-to-order Thanksgiving meals, ranging from just a turkey or ham to a feast for dozens of people. If you're not feeding a huge family or you're on a budget, the dinner for four makes a great meal. For $59.99, you get a roasted boneless turkey breast, mashed potatoes, turkey gravy, sourdough stuffing, and cranberry-orange relish. Or order the organic turkey dinner, which includes a 12-pound Plainville Farms organic bird, organic gravy, and organic mashed potatoes. The meal feeds six to eight people and costs $149.99. The store also has a wide selection of pies, appetizers, and sides.
Order online at shop.wholefoodsmarket.com or in-store by Sunday, November 24. Pick up Monday, November 25, through Thanksgiving Day. Prices may vary, based on turkey or ham weight.
TFM has a wide choice of pre made dinners, from just the turkey (fully cooked, $3.99 per pound), a turducken ($6.99 per pound), or a tray of manicotti for your vegetarian friends ($24.99) to a full-blown spread complete with turkey and ham and all the trimmings for $129.99.
Order online at freshmarket.com for pickup the day before Thanksgiving (closed T-Day).
The upscale deli and market offers two holiday meals for $199 each. Choose from a turkey dinner with country stuffing and gravy; cranberry-orange relish; candied Carolina yams; baby green beans and carrots; 18 baked dinner rolls; and two pies (apple, pumpkin, or apple-pecan), or a brisket dinner with brisket pan gravy; homemade applesauce; jumbo potato pancakes; baby green beans and carrots; 18 baked dinner rolls; and two pies (apple, pumpkin, or apple-pecan).
Call your local Epicure at least two days in advance for pickup Thanksgving Day.
Chef Dena Marino is cooking the holiday meal this year, and for $300 you'll feed four to eight hungry people with a heritage-breed turkey stuffed with parma prosciutto and roasted garlic; your choice of sides; and pumpkin or apple pie.
Place your order by Friday, November 22, at the restaurant for pickup Thanksgiving Day.
Bulldog Barbecue and Burger
Make it a Southern-style holiday with Bulldog Barbecue's Thanksgiving dinner. Thirty dollars per person gets you a hickory-smoked turkey with maple-sage gravy; jalapeño cornbread stuffing; orange-cranberry marmalade; sweet potato casserole; bacon-braised collard greens; and pumpkin bread pudding.
Order at the restaurant by Monday, November 25, for pickup Thanksgiving Day.
Brother Jimmy's BBQ
Bring home a smoked turkey from Brother Jimmy's for the holiday centerpiece. A turkey (or ribs or chicken) is smoked for up to 16 hours in hickory or cherry wood. A whole turkey (depending on size) costs around $65 and is available for pickup Thanksgiving eve, Wednesday, November 27. You can also custom-order a complete meal with candied yams, mac 'n' cheese, mashed potatoes, and pies.
Call Brother Jimmy's to order in advance for pickup Thanksgiving eve.
A complete Thanksgiving meal for 12 people is $94.99 and includes spinach-artichoke dip and crackers; a whole roasted turkey; vegetable stuffing; mashed potatoes; gravy; cranberry walnut relish; 12 dinner rolls; and two pies. For $5 more, you can get a half-bonelss honey-glazed ham. Order in-store by 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 27.
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Plus, if you're having Thanksgiving for one (or 100), Boston Market is open on the holiday, when you can get a dinner of roast turkey breast, two sides, cornbread, and a slice of pie for $10.99. Aunt Hilda is coming to dinner and bringing the whole family and you don't have enough food? Pick up some last-minute sides on Turkey Day too.