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You Could Stress Out Over Thanksgiving Dinner, Or You Could Go to Target

Here’s how to load up your cart with an entire Thanksgiving dinner that practically cooks itself.

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Thanksgiving is going to look a lot different this year. Are you gathering with family, friends, or serving yourself solo? Is turkey even on the menu? Do you really have to cook for multiple hours? The answer is, of course, no. Instead, make a trip to Target and pick up all your Thanksgiving necessities.

We know, we know: Trader Joe’s. But taking care of Thanksgiving dinner in a single shopping trip to Target is just as easy and delicious (plus you have to go to anyway because you’re out of light bulbs). For a Thanksgiving that goes off without a hitch (well, mostly), here are nine products from two of Target’s in-house grocery brands, Good & Gather and Archer Farms, to get you through November’s biggest feast, either with friends and family or by yourself.

Archer Farms Entertaining Crackers

Cheese and crackers are the easiest appetizers to set out and be done. This package gives you an assortment of classic water crackers, multigrain, wheat, vegetable, poppy and pepper, and graham crackers, and everyone can munch on their favorites while you worry about all the other food you have to prepare.

Good & Gather Assorted Cheese Tray

But what to put out with all those dry crackers? A cheese tray you didn’t have to “curate” yourself, that’s what. Enter Good & Gather’s Assorted Cheese Tray. All your mild favorites -- including pepper jack, colby jack, swiss, and cheddar -- are there, and cut into bite-sized rectangles that are ready to eat. Place this next to your entertaining crackers and call it a day. Or not, because you’re still cooking dinner. 

Good & Gather Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes with Chives

Mashed potatoes are a classic. You can enhance them with garlic, fill them with studs of goat cheese, or leave them in their buttery state. That being said, mashed potatoes take a lot of time to perfect. There’s peeling the potatoes, boiling them, mashing them, and making sure all your proportions are right so you’re not left with gummy starch that will reduce grandma to tears. You could take the easy way out and opt for Good & Gather’s cheesy scalloped potatoes. You’ll have it all: creaminess, cheesiness from Parmesan and sharp Cheddar, tanginess from chives, and most importantly, a total lack of effort on your part.

Archer Farms Take & Bake Rolls

You don’t have to watch the Great British Bakeoff to know that baking your own bread, or rolls, is a lengthy and at times difficult process. So instead of doing that from-scratch baking, do some last-step baking using Target’s Archer Farms Take & Bake rolls, which come partially baked. Simply slip them into the oven just before you’re ready to sit down for dinner and guess what? You get that fresh-baked bread smell and six lovely country white rolls that taste almost homemade.

Hickory Smoked Boneless Honey Ham

Look, this year is anything but "normal" so let's stop pretending we need to eat turkey for Thanksgiving to keep with tradition. Honey ham is a great substitute to take dry and flavorless turkey's place. This one comes pre-sliced, so serve it on your plate with grilled pineapple or feel free to eat it in a sandwich with stuffing and gravy. There are no rules this Thanksgiving.

Steam-in-Bag Butternut Squash

You can choose to microwave this bag of frozen butternut squash or cook it in oil on the stovetop. Either way, you'll be getting a simple and easy-to-prepare side that only requires a sprinkle of salt, a shake of red pepper flakes, a dusting of cinnamon, and maybe a drizzle of honey to tie it all together.

Archer Farms Pumpkin Cupcakes

There's absolutely no reason to have pumpkin pie if you can have pumpkin cake. Instead of that slippery filling that's sometimes a bit too gelatinous, opt for these moist cakes filled with real pumpkin flavor instead. Each cupcake is topped with a tangy, whipped cream cheese frosting that perfectly complements the spiced flavor of the cakes. Buy then in regular sized 4-packs of get a tray of 12 mini sized cakes.

Archer Farms Assorted Cookies

Okay, let’s be real: you do need to have a pie for Thanksgiving. That seems like an unspoken rule of this particular holiday and I’m not going to sit here and pretend it isn’t a necessary aspect of the sweets spread. That being said, fall-themed cookies will also help fill out your dessert table without taking up any prep time whatsoever. Simply pick up these leaf-shaped butter cookies, set them next your pie, and dust off your hands because dessert is served.

Archer Farms Old Fashioned Apple Cider

Apple cider really rounds out a Thanksgiving meal with its sweet and spicy fall flavors. Archer Farms has both an old fashioned version as well as one made strictly from honeycrisp apples, so you’ve got options. Serve this up alongside your coffee as a nightcap and pat yourself on the back for a Thanksgiving well done.

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Kat Thompson is a staff writer at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter @katthompsonn.