How To Recreate the Most Expensive Thanksgiving Meal Ever on the Cheap

1. Blue Apron Thanksgiving Feast Box 2021

The Blue Apron Thanksgiving Box is Back & Better Than Ever!

The highly anticipated turkey day dinner is finally just around the corner, and the perfect way to celebrate this special day is with top-quality foods – that is what Blue Apron brings to the table. 100% chef-designed dishes with easy-to-follow recipes for a superb dinner you and your guests will never forget.

The Blue Apron ultimate turkey thanksgiving dinner lineup includes six dishes, with everything from turkey breast to sides and a festive dessert – all with fresh twists on holiday classic recipes!

All the meals are available to purchase through a regular subscription or on the Blue Apron Market. The recipes can fill a dinner table with delicious and flexible options, designed to fit a range of tastes and dietary preferences as well as party size.

The Thanksgiving Box, Serving Six to Eight People, Includes:

  • Savory Butter Roasted Turkey Breast
  • Homemade Garlic & Herb Gravy
  • Fresh Cranberry Sauce with Ginger & Spicy Maple Syrup
  • Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Fried Rosemary & Pumpkin Seeds
  • Brown Butter & Fontina Mashed Potatoes with Romano Cheese & Chives
  • Apple Crumb Pie with Warming Spices & Almonds

Also available for a smaller get-together thanksgiving dinners, some great Thanksgiving-inspired recipe options:

  • Roasted Half Chicken & Herb Gravy with Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes & Ginger-Glazed Carrots
  • Seared Scallops & Walnut-Thyme Breadcrumbs with Butternut Squash, Brussels Sprouts & Pear
  • Butternut Squash & Spinach Risotto with Fried Sage & Walnuts
  • Four Cheese & Truffle Honey Flatbread with Mushrooms & Kale
  • Truffle & Parmesan Knots with Chives
  • Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Walnuts, Sage & Brown Butter
  • Flourless Chocolate Cake with Candied Pumpkin Seeds & Whipped Cream

The Blue apron thanksgiving feast is available for delivery on the weeks of November 8 through November 22.


Cracker Barrel

Cracker Barrel is accepting pre-orders now, for their holiday heat-n-serve dinners — starting at $39 for a meal for 4 people. The Thanksgiving Heat ‘n’ Serve Feast is $140. It serves 8 to 10 people and is available either with ham or turkey.

The meal package includes:

  • Ham or 2 turkey breasts
  • Dressing
  • Gravy
  • Cranberry relish
  • Choice of 3 sides (each serves 10)
  • Yeast rolls
  • 2 pies

A la carte side dishes and desserts range from $6 to 18.

Get more info and order online.

Roasted Butternut Squash

Squash is another tasty, seasonal complement to Thanksgiving turkey that sells for about $1 a pound this time of year. Peel, seed, and cube the butternut squash and toss in a large bowl with olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic until coated. Lay in a single layer on a baking sheet and cook at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes, until lightly brown and fork tender.   Related: Fall Recipes That Showcase Seasonal Fruits and Veggies

Final Thoughts on Cheap Thanksgiving Sides

I really hope you found at least one cheap Thanksgiving side dish on this list that you’re stoked to try this year! 

Do you have any cheap thanksgiving sides that you swear by? Didn’t see it on this list? Share with us in the comments below. I’d love to check it out!

Don’t forget to reduce your stress and anxiety of planning for Thanksgiving with our free Cheat Sheets below!

18. Trader Joes

Although Trader Joe’s doesn’t have a fully prepared Thanksgiving meal, they do a pretty good job with their 40-ounce Turkey and Stuffing en Croute. Meaning, it’s turkey tenderloin and cornbread stuffing wrapped in puff pastry dough – yum! It also comes with gravy and cranberry sauce, so you end up getting a pretty good deal for $13.

12. ShopRite

You can order a complete Thanksgiving Dinner from ShopRite — all you have to do is heat and eat! The meal comes with a fully-cooked Butterball turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, holiday stuffing, green bean casserole and turkey gravy. Make sure to give your local store a heads up at least three days in advance.

Bob Evans

Premium Farmhouse feast with turkey and ham. Serves 8-10. $129.99.

  • Hickory-smoked ham
  • Slow-roasted turkey
  • Bread and celery dressing
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Corn
  • Mashed potatoes with gravy
  • Green beans with ham
  • Cranberry relish

Other options include a feast with just ham, or with just turkey. Available for delivery, takeout or curbside pickup (when available.) Arrives cold. Just heat up. More info.Updated for 2021.

4. Home Chef Thanksgiving meal kit

Home Chef is all about great classic home cooking, always with a nice added twist, and that is perfect for the Thanksgiving spirit!

Home Chef uses high-quality farm-fresh ingredients and offers a few delicious and easy-to-cook options for the most leisurely Thanksgiving dinner. 

The Thanksgiving menu is offered as part of their subscription meal kit plan for the week of November 22nd.

The Home Chef Thanksgiving Menu Includes:

Turkey breast roast for 8 -10 people, five a la carte sides, and an apple pie crisp with brown butter streusel topping dessert.

The sides, each serving six people, are:

  • White Cheddar & Sage Biscuits with Honey Butter:
  • Cheddar Cornbread with Jalapeño Popper Schmear
  • Brussels Sprouts with Caramelized Onions and Maple Bacon Glaze
  • Loaded Mashed Potatoes with Bacon, Cheddar, and Green Onions
  • Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Apples with Poached Cranberries and Pecans

With Home Chef, you have the flexibility to select the items independently, and you are not obligated to have all the thanksgiving menu in your delivery. 

All Thanksgiving meals are a breeze to cook and designed to make your Thanksgiving meal preparation as easy as possible! 

You can see the full menu in the Week of Monday, November 22th on their website or app.

Perrys Steakhouse Grill

Order an individual Thanksgiving dinner for $45, or a family-style Thanksgiving dinner for 4 for $139. There’s also a kid’s Thanksgiving entrée plate with sides for $15, for children 12 and under.

  • Family-style soup or salad
  • Entrée
  • Sides

Pickup available November 23rd to 25th. Available cold, to be re-heated, or, on November 25th, hot. 4509 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh. Perry’s will also be open for dine-in or to-go on Thanksgiving Day. More info.

5. Cold Bean Salad – $4 

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This no bake dish is so easy a kid could do it. Literally. A little kid is shown making this meal here (where you can also find the recipe). For cost purposes, I limited myself to one can of white beans, two cups of fresh green beans, one tomato, and the vinaigrette of your choice (I used Greek).  

This combination of fresh food makes for a great vegan alternative for the perfect friendsgiving dish. This side also has an option to throw in some tuna for those who want extra meat in their meal. 

Classic Easy Pumpkin Soup

This fall classic pleases palates around the world — we’re loving the recipe from Australian food blogger Nagi, who provides options for fresh or canned pumpkin as well as vegan substitutions.  Recipe: RecipeTin Eats

Best Meal Kit Option: Blue Apron

Blue Apron

Why We Chose It: Blue Apron’s chef-designed Thanksgiving meal kits offer an excellent selection of classic and inventive dishes, and you can choose from a full-meal option or pick from a variety of offerings.

ProsExcellent customer reviewsGood variety of sidesCombination of classic and inventive dishesOffers seasonal wine bundle ConsHave to subscribe to the service to order

If you want to cook your own Thanksgiving dinner but don’t want the hassle of choosing the dishes, figuring out what recipes to use, and shopping for ingredients, try ordering a meal kit from Blue Apron. Its Thanksgiving meals are designed by chefs and come with everything you’ll need to make the meal—without waste or hassle. The company offers both a full meal option (with turkey, a number of sides, and a dessert) and the option to choose which dishes you want to make and build your own menu. All of the dishes are easy to prepare, and most offer interesting, delicious twists on classic Thanksgiving staples. What’s more, Blue Apron also offers a wine bundle as an add-on, so everything you need for dinner (other than your tableware!) will be delivered right to your door.

Blue Apron is a subscription service, so you’ll have to sign up for a recurring meal plan to order its Thanksgiving dinner, but there are no fees, other than the cost of the food, and you can cancel after just one order (including the one for Thanksgiving). The Thanksgiving kit is designed to feed eight people and costs around $17 per person. Once you sign up, you’ll be able to choose from a few delivery dates (based on your ZIP code). When your kit arrives, you’ll need to refrigerate the ingredients immediately.

Final Verdict

Putting together a successful Thanksgiving feast involves choosing dishes that make the meal feel special—including classics that everyone expects to see on the table—and making sure guests have foods that fit their dietary preferences. When picking a Thanksgiving delivery service, first consider who you’re feeding, your budget, and how much work you want to do to prepare the meal itself. All of the recommendations above will offer a spectacular meal, but we recommend starting your search with Williams Sonoma because of the variety and flexibility it provides.

10 Different Ways to Say “to Eat” in English

The Thanksgiving feast is huge! To enjoy your meal, you can’t just eat it—you might need to use some more descriptive English words for eating!

Before you start eating, you should try a nibble of your food. That’s just a little bite to get a taste of the food in front of you before you dig in, or start eating.

When you eat your food, you could say you ingest it—but that’s a word often used by scientists. When you eat your meal very fast you, can say you devoured it.

When it comes to eating, no one does it as well as animals! When you eat a lot of food very quickly, you can say you gobble up your food (gobble is the sound turkeys make)! You can also wolf down your food (eat it quickly in big pieces), or pig out on it (eat too much).

When you finish the meal, you can say you have polished it off or cleaned your plate.

Is all this talk of eating getting you hungry?

How do you celebrate Thanksgiving on a budget? Share in the comments!

Got any other a cheap Thanksgiving side dishes or inexpensive Thanksgiving table decorations to recommend? I would love to hear about them in the comments!


The steakhouse doesn’t skimp on the sides. The sweet potatoes are made with cinnamon that’s imported from Sri Lanka and bacon that costs over $1,000 a pound. And the white cheddar is imported from the U.K. The squash is made with onions imported from Egypt and Wagyu beef that costs $480 a pound. And the cranberry sauce is made with queen strawberries (which can run more than $80 for a package of 12). Plus, almost everything is infused with expensive alcohol. What can you do at home to recreate the experience without breaking the bank? Maybe just buy some of the more expensive fruits and vegetables at your local market. Though it may seem like eating “the world’s most expensive strawberry” will be an experience you never forget — it’s still a strawberry. And you need to save some of your money for all the alcohol you’ll be infusing your meal with. An even better option would be to consider which sides you like and which you don’t. A small Thanksgiving means you get to decide whether sweet potatoes are on the menu this year. And if they’re not, you can devote your holiday budget toward getting a pricier version of something you like more! (Like alcohol.) Eat Like a Millionaire: Almas Caviar and 10 Other Foods Only the Rich Can Afford  

Turkey Gravy

For many people, gravy is the best part of the meal. Sauce fans dining at the steakhouse won’t be disappointed with the turkey topping being served. The gravy costs $3,650 and is infused with a bottle of Louis XIII cognac — probably to make those indulging forget just how much they paid for gravy. You could purchase your own bottle of the stuff to infuse the turkey gravy you make at home, but at $3,500 a bottle, it may still be a bit much for one meal. And Remy Martin — who makes the expensive cognac — makes much cheaper bottles. Their VSOP cognac runs about $40 a bottle and will probably be just as effective in getting you a bit of a buzz. It’s Not Too Late: How To Shop For Your Entire Thanksgiving Meal at Costco

7. Pumpkin Pie Shots – $21 (or $7)

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This odd combination of Irish cream, amaretto, and cinnamon schnapps creates a perfect spicy pumpkin pie flavor bound to make the party one to remember (or forget). Intentionally choosing the cheaper brands and using the pricing of pint size bottles this ‘side’ is still a bit more expensive than the others.

#SpoonTip: Different people bringing each bottle can make it more affordable.

Nonetheless, you don’t want to miss out on this sweet drink; this is one thing everyone will surly be thankful for this holiday season.

For friends, or just for yourself, it’s hard to go wrong with these seven cheap thanksgiving dishes. If everyone forgets, suddenly becomes too lazy for homemade meals, or somehow the food goes terribly wrong, you might want to consider just skipping the holiday fiasco all around and checking out these local restaurants instead. 


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