Kroger Thanksgiving Day Hacks

A couple years ago, my father passed the Thanksgiving Dinner torch to me. Growing up, it was always a small celebration – me, my dad and brother. We don’t usually do a Turkey, instead my dad started the lovely tradition of having Cornish Hens, which he did quite nicely, I might add.

While I’m relatively handy in the kitchen (developed over years of trying), I’m not ready for a huge dinner party. I’ve regularly added more guests to my Thanksgiving dinner and although still small by some standards, we’ve had as many as a dozen. So, I’ve switched between offering a Turkey and Cornish Hens on Thanksgiving depending on the size of my guest list.

Even with the best planning, things can go wrong. But don’t worry – Kroger is open on Thanksgiving Day. Here are some ways Kroger can come to the rescue if you’ve forgotten items or worse: you have a minor catastrophe on Thanksgiving Day.

  1. Did you have ambitions of making rolls from scratch? Me? Not gonna happen. I purchase Sister Schubert’s rolls to serve. The rolls are frozen, but bake up in less than 10 minutes perfectly with just a brush of butter on top.
  2. Can I tell you secret? I’ve never cooked a Turkey! I usually order mine from a local restaurant. If you’re ambitious enough to do it, kudos to you! But if your Turkey does not turn out well, Kroger can help. Though not the same, Kroger Herb Roasted Chickens are a great alternative. I purchase them regularly for an easy weekday meal. If you’ve got a bunch of sides, three should be plenty for a crowd of a dozen people. They are hot and ready to eat.
  3. While I may be great at planning ingredients, I often forget supplies like tin foil. Duh! It’s nice to know I can send my hubs out to Kroger to pick up supplies like this. Or butter, or sugar, spices, etc.
  4. What’s Thanksgiving without Cranberry sauce, right? It’s super easy to make with just cranberries, cinnamon, sugar and OJ. Just boil together and let cool. I promise, the citrusy orange juice makes this an in demand side each year at my house. Of course, Kroger, has store made sauce available and I’m sure they’ll have plenty extra on Thanksgiving day.
  5. kroger-piesWhile I’m making confessions, can I tell you something else? I don’t bake. I’ve tried but I’m a terrible baker. I ALWAYS either order pies from a local restaurant or my Aunt bakes her famous Apple Cranberry pie for us. If your plans for dessert fall through, it’s nice to know you can rely on Kroger for a supply of Sweet Potato or Pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving Day. But there are plenty of other desserts in the frozen section that can be ready in time for Thanksgiving dessert if purchased the same day.
  6. kroger-wineFamily staying for an extended period of time? Bring on the booze! My local Kroger has a super selection of wine. Currently I’m “testing out” several varietals to serve at Thanksgiving. There’s a Liberty School Cabernet and a Layer Cake Malbec, both at under $13 at my Kroger. But there’s no rule you have to serve wine. Kroger has a lovely selection of local craft beer too.
  7. Planning on heading to the movies after Thanksgiving dinner? Don’t forget that Kroger has wine cups to go. The sealed plastic containers are great for concealing in purses and easy to dispose of. But you didn’t get this idea from me.

As you can probably tell from some of what’s written above, I strive to support local businesses. And I love that Kroger helps to do that as well. Kroger has a section in stores devoted all to locally sourced products.

I hope your Thanksgiving Day feast is filled with joy and delicious food. And if you’re in charge, remember, Kroger’s got your back.

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kroger. The opinions and text are all mine.

Malika is the author of several books including Culinary Atlanta: Guide to the Best Restaurants, Markets, Breweries and More! and the founder of Roamilicious. She is also a Digital Marketing and Social Media Consultant. Follow us @Roamilicious on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest for the content not shared on the blog. And don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter (subscribe box below) and never miss a contest, giveaway or the latest must visit restaurant!