Hi all, I told a few peeps I would report back on what I thought of the pre-made Thanksgiving dinner we bought from Safeway this year. (Sorry I'm so late posting this - I have been absorbed in Black Friday/Cyber Monday madness.)
Anywhoo, we bought the Turkey Dinner for $39.99 that I believe was supposed to feed 6-8 people. The meal came with a 10-12 lb turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing, gravy,dinner rolls and a pumpkin pie. Everything came pre-cooked but needed to be heated.
The quantity: We had 6 people at the dinner and there was plenty of turkey and turkey left over. We just squeaked by on the sides, and that was with adding another can of cranberry sauce and a side of green bean casserole. The pie was just enough.
The quality: The turkey was great and came in a bag to heat it in that was full of juices and liquids, so it was plenty moist. The mashed potatoes were the real deal, complete with little lumps and tasted wonderful. The stuffing was top notch and had bits of celery and other goodies mixed in. The gravy was pretty good, it might have been better had we added turkey pieces to it. The cranberry sauce was the whole cranberry type and was good quality stuff (not that watery type you sometimes get with the cheap brands.) The rolls were a bit dry but otherwise ok. The pie was really good.
Prep-Time: The turkey took 2 hours to reheat (It was fully cooked, but still took 2 hours to get up to the right temp.) The sides only took 15-20 minutes to heat up (mashed potatoes and gravy were heated on stovetop, stuffing was heated partially in oven and then finished off in microwave.)
So my overall opinion was pretty good. We might do it again and add a few more side dishes or get more of the sides that came with the meal. The turkey cooking time was still pretty long but much shorter than cooking a raw turkey. The cost was more than it would have been if everything had been made from scratch, but it was worth it considering it cut down on prep and cooking time - plus it tasted great.
Anyone else do a pre-cooked Thanksgiving meal? I'd love to get your opinions on yours.