How to throw together a smaller, no-fuss Thanksgiving dinner at the last minute

These butchers, supermarkets, meal-kits and restaurants can deliver everything you need — contact-free, if you want

By Nicole Lyn Pesce | MarketWatch

Let’s talk turkey.

Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control is urging Americans to stay home and skip gathering with extended family and friends this year as coronavirus cases surge across the country. In fact, a Harris Poll of more than 2,000 people commissioned by Omaha Steaks found that more than half plan to celebrate Thanksgiving with five or less guests this year, which is down from 12 guests in a typical year. So, many people are now probably scrambling to put together a much smaller turkey dinner than they expected to make — and some serial holiday guests may be attempting to make the big meal themselves for the very first time.

Relax. We’ve got this.

There are plenty of options, including contact-free ones, to prepare the perfect Thanksgiving spread for your particular household. We’ve found some turkey producers and grocers where you can order the bird (or alternatives) online, plus some delivery services that can send you the fixings to whip up your favorite side dishes. There are also meal-kits from subscription services and supermarkets that will drop off the ingredients you need at your doorstep. Or some restaurants and meal-prep services are dishing out ready-made meals that just need to be heated up.

Place your order at many of these places as soon as you can, however, as demand is high. Vegan meal-kit service Purple Carrot has already sold out of its Thanksgiving delivery box, for example, and smaller 8-pound turkeys to feed four people are in short supply. Sophie Mellet-Grinnell, the meat and poultry specialist at Baldor Specialty Foods, recently warned MarketWatch that “very small turkeys are going to be really hard to come by” this year due to the sudden increased demand due to the pandemic. Instacart has also seen shoppers opting for smaller cuts of turkey this year, and “turkey breast” is its No. 2 trending product with a 175% increase in search rankings over the past four weeks.

So here are the places to bag your fresh or frozen turkey, order a precooked bird, or get the entire meal sent to you in on shot. We’ve also thrown in some supermarket deals for those planning to fill an actual shopping cart at their local retailer. Bon appétit!

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