We’ve been official for a while now, so we can safely say that Trader Joe is the best imaginary bae we’ve ever had. He’s even cooking Thanksgiving dinner for us this year. Have you seen his butternut squash mac and cheese bites? Swoon. Here are 30 of our favorite Trader Joe’s Thanksgiving products to zhuzh up your holiday menu with (and on a budget to boot).
But First...Is Trader Joe's Open on Thanksgiving?
Unfortunately not. Our fave grocery store is closed on the holiday every year, so be sure to get all your shopping done before November 25.
Our Fave Trader Joe's Thanksgiving Foods & Drinks
1. Apple Cider
Few things scream fall like a warm mug of apple cider, and this one's only ingredient is fresh-pressed apple juice. Spruce it up on the stovetop with spices like cinnamon, allspice and cloves, then add a glug of whiskey or spiced rum to your mug.
2. Villa Antica Asolo Prosecco DOCG Superiore
Because sweater season is cause for celebratory cocktails, but we're not about to pay an arm and a leg for a bottle of Champagne. Enter this bubbly alternative that's crisp, refreshing and just as elegant.
3. Sparkling Green Apple Mineral Water
4. Pumpkin Spice Coffee
5. Pumpkin Spice Hummus
6. Raclette Sliced Cheese
7. Pumpkin Bisque
Just looking at this soup makes us cozy. And it's got a secret ingredient that makes it nutty, decadent and unexpectedly creamy: tahini. (If butternut squash is more your style, opt for the pumpkin-butternut squash bisque instead.)
8. Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese Bites
9. Pumpkin Empanadas
10. Cranberry Chèvre Goat Cheese
Tart, tangy and downright decadent. This creamy goat cheese is bound to be the star of your annual cheese plate. Pair it with herbed crackers, fig jam and olives.
11. Pumpkin Spread
It's destined for the top of a baked wheel of Brie. It pairs well with sharp cheddar cheese, spicy crackers, pickled jalapeños and pancakes.
12. Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread & Muffin Baking Mix
13. Mini Pumpkin Samosas
Thanks to their size, you can totally swap these in for canned biscuits or dinner rolls. The Indian-inspired pastries are stuffed with spiced pumpkin filling and paneer cheese. Just try not to ruin your appetite before the turkey hits the table.
Mains and Sides
14. Harvest Apple Salad Kit
Because it never hurts to have something green on the table alongside the mac and cheese and mashed potatoes. The kit boasts a leafy spring mix, cheddar cheese, apple cinnamon chips, pecans and apple vinaigrette.
15. Green Bean Casserole Bites
All the flavor of the old-school casserole, down to the crispy fried onions on top. Good luck stopping after just one creamy phyllo cup.
16. Cornbread Stuffing
You can't go wrong with this crowd-pleasing classic (especially when all you have to do to prepare the stuffing is pop it in the oven and wait for it to warm through).
17. Turkey Sausage Stuffing Fried Rice
If you'd prefer to go the unconventional route, look no further than this takeout-inspired mashup. It stars long-grain rice, breadcrumbs, fall veggies and all the fresh herbs.
18. Four Cheese Scalloped Potatoes
Skip the mushy mash in favor of heat-and-eat scalloped potatoes, swimming in a rich cream sauce spiked with garlic, leeks and four flavorful cheeses.
19. Honey Roasted Pumpkin Ravioli
20. Holiday Vegetable Hash
21. Spatchcocked Lemon Rosemary Chicken
Only cooking for a few people? There's no need to roast an entire turkey. Opt for this citrusy ready-to-cook chicken instead that's marinated in EVOO, vinegar, garlic, lemon and herbs.
22. Breaded Turkey-less Stuffed Roast
If you're celebrating with vegans, this plant-based roast is a must. The wheat gluten base is stuffed with wild rice, cranberries, veggies and a slew of herbs and spices.
23. Turkey Gravy
This essential accompaniment will be table-ready in mere minutes. Spruce it up with fresh rosemary, thyme and sage and your guests will think it's homemade.
24. Nantucket-Style Cranberry Pie
25. Pumpkin Rolls with Pumpkin Spice Icing
Our favorite desserts are those that require minimal effort. Try transforming these seasonal beauties into pumpkin pull-apart monkey bread.
26. Maple Walnut Biscotti
27. Pumpkin Cheesecake
Why add dessert to your already long list of Thanksgiving chores? Treat yourself to one of these rich, silky confections instead and call it a day.
28. Maple Poffertjes
PSA: You need this treat from the Netherlands in your life ASAP. The sweet yeast batter rounds infused with maple syrup taste like tiny, fluffy pancakes.
29. Pumpkin Ice Cream
30. Double Chocolate Hot Cocoa Stirring Spoon
End the holiday with a piping hot cup of cocoa. Each stick holds both milk and dark chocolates, plus a few mini marshmallows. Make a pot of hot milk, dole it out into mugs and let your guests stir in the magic themselves.