The Best Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas

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Feges BBQ’s Thanksgiving Dinner
Feges BBQ’s “The Whole Shebang” Thanksgiving Dinner

Feast mode: activate! Thanksgiving is almost here, and that means it’s time to start thinking about Thanksgiving dinner ideas. Because Thanksgiving is all about the food, it’s easy to get so wrapped up in cooking the perfect meal (or thinking about what to bring to Thanksgiving dinner) that you forget to actually enjoy the meal itself

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There’s another option to toiling all week over turkeys, side dishes, and dessert: Goldbelly’s Thanksgiving Dinner Kits! Prepared just for you and your loved ones by some of America’s most legendary restaurants and food makers and shipping straight to your Holiday table, most of these kits include fresh-roasted turkey (in some instances smoked or deep-fried turkey) and some of the best Thanksgiving sides you’ll find anywhere, and some are more non-traditional Thanksgiving dinners. For kits where dessert isn’t included, we’ve got you covered in that department, as well.

Turkey Dinner Ideas

Lido Kosher Deli’s Kosher Thanksgiving Dinner

Lido Kosher Deli’s Kosher Thanksgiving Dinner

Lido Kosher Deli has been a Long Island family tradition for over 90 years, and this dinner kit is loaded with fresh-sliced turkey breast, gravy, stuffing, cranberry compote, and sweet potato pudding.

The Cajun Turkey Dinner

The Cajun Turkey Company’s Complete Turkey Dinner

For a true taste of Cajun country, choose The Cajun Turkey Company’s Turkey Dinner, which includes a whole Cajun-spiced fried turkey along with mashed potatoes & gravy, green bean casserole, seafood bites, crawfish etouffee, and sweet potato souffle.

Commander’s Palace’s Thanksgiving Dinner

Commander’s Palace’s Thanksgiving Dinner

An upscale Creole-inspired dinner from New Orleans’ landmark Commander’s Palace, this feast’s centerpiece is a whole turkey that’s been deboned, injected with herb butter, and smoked. Also included are whipped sweet potatoes, smoked tasso & andouille stuffing, optional cognac turkey gravy, and a whole pecan pie for dessert. 

Blue Smokes Thanksgiving Dinner

Blue Smoke’s Thanksgiving Dinner

From legendary restaurateur Danny Meyer’s NYC BBQ icon Blue Smoke, this dinner includes a smoked turkey breast, gravy, mashed sweet potatoes, cornbread stuffing, green bean casserole, and cranberry sauce.

Ilili’s Lebanese-Inspired Thanksgiving Feast

Ilili’s Lebanese-Inspired Thanksgiving Feast

Ilili is one of New York’s most renowned and upscale Lebanese restaurants, and their extravagant spin on Thanksgiving dinner includes a turkey breast that’s been brined and slow-roasted for four hours, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, roasted sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, cranberry sauce, fig jam, mint yogurt, and a pumpkin pie for dessert.

Mile End’s Thanksgiving Dinner

Mile End’s Thanksgiving Dinner

From NYC’s famed ode to Montreal-style Jewish delis, this kit includes sliced smoked turkey breast, gravy, cranberry sauce, challah herb stuffing, and butternut squash soup to start.

Non-Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas

Feges BBQ’s “Whole Shebang” Thanksgiving Dinner

Feges BBQ’s “Whole Shebang” Thanksgiving Dinner

Why not pair your Thanksgiving turkey with some tried-and-true ‘cue from a BBQ joint that was named one of the state’s 50 best by Texas Monthly? Feges’ “Whole Shebang” includes a whole smoked turkey & gravy, smoked brisket, smoked sausage, mac & cheese, mashed potatoes, spiced carrots, braised greens, and cornbread batter.

Cochon Butcher’s Ham Dinner

Cochon Butcher’s Holiday Ham Dinner

Once you try this Holiday Ham Dinner from New Orleans’ renowned Cochon Butcher, you may never go back to turkey! It’s glazed with Louisiana Steen’s cane syrup & whole grain mustard before being slow-roasted, and is partnered up with mac & cheese, braised greens, and fresh dinner rolls.

Zahav’s Lamb Shoulder

Zahav’s Lamb Shoulder Meal Kit

The signature dish at chef Michael Solomonov’s Philadelphia Israeli landmark Zahav, this brined, smoked, slow-roasted pomegranate-glazed lamb shoulder is perfectly complemented by jasmine rice, fresh-baked pita & hummus, a variety of salatim (Israeli vegetable salads), and olive oil basboosa (semolina cake) for dessert.

Philippe Chow’s Beijing-Style Peking Duck Dinner

Philippe Chow’s Beijing-Style Peking Duck Dinner

Take a Chinese route this Thanksgiving, courtesy of Philippe Chow, one of New York’s most elegant high-end Chinese restaurants. Start off with your choice of dumplings and chicken satay skewers with a creamy peanut sauce, leading up to the main event: crisp-skinned Peking duck served inside fresh scallion pancakes topped with plum sauce, scallions, and cucumber.

Momofuku’s Bo Ssäm Dinner

Momofuku’s Bo Ssäm Dinner

The star family-style feast from David Chang’s hugely influential NYC landmark Momofuku, the Bo Ssäm is a half pork shoulder that’s cured in salt and sugar overnight before being slowly roasted for 6 to 8 hours. It arrives with brown sugar glaze, sauces, kimchi, King’s Hawaiian Buns, and everything needed to turn Thanksgiving leftovers into fried rice.

Blue Ribbon’s Complete Fried Chicken Dinner

Blue Ribbon’s Complete Fried Chicken Dinner

Would you rather eat turkey or crispy fried chicken? If you ask us, it’s a no-brainer. This Fried Chicken Dinner from NYC’s renowned Blue Ribbon includes enough fried chicken, gravy, mashed potatoes, and collard greens to feed a crowd.

But this is just the tip of the Turkey Day iceberg! Start your meal off with some delicious Thanksgiving appetizers. You can find whole uncooked, fresh-roasted, deep-fried, or smoked turkeys as well as that legendary mashup called the Turducken here. Here are all the essential side dishes from mashed potatoes to mac & cheese to sweet potato casserole. And on the dessert front, click here for iconic Thanksgiving pies, and here for Thanksgiving desserts that aren’t pie