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50-Plus Trader Joe's Thanksgiving Foods Ranked From "Skip It" To "Must Try"

Here's what to serve and what to skip at your holiday table.

Trader Joe's offers some pretty great eats for your holiday table — and fittingly, if there's one meal I could eat over and over again, it's Thanksgiving dinner. Here are 50-plus Trader Joe's Thanksgiving items ranked from bottom to top so you know what to stock up on and what to skip. 🥧

A handful of Trader Joe's Thanksgiving items.
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If I missed your favorite, leave it in the comments!

53. Harvest Apple Salad Kit

An autumn harvest salad kit from Trader Joe's.
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Because no one gets excited about salad on Thanksgiving.

52. Holiday Vegetable Hash

Containers of holiday vegetable has.
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You could probably do without this watery medley of diced squash, sweet potato, celery, and herbs.

51. Roasted Cauliflower With Olive Oil, Sea Salt and Black Pepper

A box of roasted cauliflower with olive oil, sea salt, and black pepper.
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You can (and should) roast your own cauliflower.

50. Roasted Vegetables Simply Dressed With Garlic and Herbs

A box of roasted vegetables with garlic and herbs.
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Again, it's worth the extra five minutes of prep work to make your own roasted veggies.

49. Pie Crusts

A box of store bought pie crusts from Trader Joe's.
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It's tough to get excited about store-bought piecrust with no filling, amirite?

48. Breaded Turkey-Less Stuffed Roast With Gravy

Breaded Turkey-Less Stuffed Roast With Gravy
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I don't love thinking about what actually goes into this vegan roast, but to its credit, it actually looks and feels a lot like real turkey. (The taste, though? Not so much.)

47. Cranberry Sauce

A jar of Trader Joe's cranberry sauce.
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Nothing much to see or taste here, just a plain jar of store-bought cranberry sauce.

46. Roasted Potatoes With Peppers & Onions

A bag of roasted potatoes with peppers and onions
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The least impressive of T.J.'s many potato options. You can find better.

45. Pumpkin Bisque

A jar of pumpkin bisque with fall spices.
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TBH, I wouldn't recommend eating this in soup form, but it does taste great as a pasta sauce.

44. Riced Cauliflower Stuffing

A bag of cauliflower rice stuffing from Trader Joe's.
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The leeks, onions, and cranberries are a festive touch, and it's a nice keto-friendly option. (But it's a holiday, so I'll be reaching for the traditional stuffing.)

43. Mashed Sweet Potatoes With Pecans

A box of sweet potatoes with pecans.
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Unless you have a real sweet tooth, you'll probably find this side dish a bit too dessertlike.

42. Brussels Sprouts Stalks

A handful of Brussels sprouts stalks.
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Are these any different from bagged Brussels sprouts? Absolutely not. Are they cute and festive? Heck yes.

41. Camembert Cheese and Cranberry Sauce Fillo Bites

A box of Camembert and cranberry fillo bites.
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These are heavy on the puff pastry and light on the fillings, and I wish it were the opposite.

40. Apple Pie With a Lovely Lattice Crust

A store-bought apple pie with lattice crust.
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Trader Joe's, I love you unconditionally, but you missed the mark with this pie.

39. Mashed Cauliflower

A bag of frozen mashed cauliflower.
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Definitely decent, but doesn't hold a candle to the potato version.

38. Mini Mushroom en Croute Duo

A box of Trader Joe's mini mushroom en croute duo.
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If you're hosting guests who follow a vegan diet, this is a solid appetizer that anyone who loves mushrooms can appreciate.

37. Pastry Bites With Feta Cheese & Caramelized Onions

A box of pastry bites with feta and caramelized onions.
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The flavors of tangy feta and sweet caramelized onions shine through in these mini finger foods.

36. Hasselback Potatoes With Butter & Sea Salt

A box of hasselback potatoes from Trader Joe's.
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Look, I understand that sometimes people get lazy. But really, how hard is it to bake potatoes and slice them a few times?

35. Brined Bone-In Half Turkey Breast

34. Cut and Peeled Butternut Squash

A container of cut and peeled butternut squash.
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While this might seem boring, don't underestimate the convenience of precut and peeled squash. Roast these bad boys and drizzle with some maple syrup or puree them into soup.

33. Turkey Stock

A container of turkey stock.
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While turkey stock may not be the sexiest item in the aisle, it's a great thing to have on hand come Thanksgiving for sautéing veggies, rehydrating mashed potatoes, etc....

32. French Onion Soup Bites With Caramelized Onions & Swiss Cheese

A box of French onion soup bites in pasty cups.
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These have so much potential, but unfortunately, they're lacking in the flavor department.

31. Gourmet Fried Onion Pieces

Jars of fried onion pieces from Trader Joe's.
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These are obviously delicious and should be a required topping on your green bean casserole, but there's nothing unique about them.

30. Condensed Cream of Portabella Mushroom Soup

Boxes of Trader Joe's condensed cream of portabella mushroom soup.
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While you probably won't get excited about cream of mushroom soup, you wouldn't want to make a casserole without it.

29. Savory Corn Pie

A box of savory corn pie from Trader Joe's
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I was expecting this savory pie to taste more like cornbread, but it has a soufflélike texture to it and a slightly mealy taste.

28. Cheesy Spaghetti Squash Casserole

A box of frozen cheesy spaghetti squash casserole.
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Thanks to spaghetti squash noodles, this is a lower-carb alternative to mac 'n' cheese that still satisfies your comfort food cravings.

27. Turkey Gravy

Boxes of turkey gravy.
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Surprisingly rich and decadent, you won't regret picking up a box of this stuff for your mashed potatoes.

26. Cornbread Mix

A box of Trader Joe's cornbread mix.
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If you want to whip up something homemade that isn't technically from scratch, this cornbread mix is moist and a delectable mix of sweet and savory.

25. Butternut Squash Soup

Cartons of butternut squash soup.
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While available all year, T.J.'s super-creamy butternut squash soup is the perfect addition to any holiday menu, IMO. Top it with a drizzle of pesto and pine nuts, a dollop of sour cream, or some cranberries and pistachios and you've got something that looks (and tastes) seriously fancy.

24. Mashed Potaotes

A bag of frozen Trader Joe's mashed potatoes.
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While they'd benefit from a bit more salt, pepper, and garlic, these mashed potatoes are easy, fluffy, and delicious.

23. One Potato Two Potato Gratin

A bag of frozen cheesy potatoes.
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You shouldn't have to choose between regular potatoes and sweet potatoes, and now you don't have to. Heck, T.J.'s even threw some mushrooms into the mix too.

22. Cranberry Orange Relish

Containers of cranberry orange relish.
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Much better than the jarred version, this tangy cranberry sauce with a kick of citrus tastes homemade.

21. Mini Brie en Croute

A box of mini brie en croute pastries.
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Pair these cute little cheesy puff pastries with the cranberry orange relish above.

20. Herbaceous Cheesy Bites

A box of frozen herbaceous cheesy bites.
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Honestly, what could be bad about three kinds of cheese that are breaded and coated in garlic and herbs? And you know what else? I'm going to start using the word "herbaceous" more often.

19. Hold the Corn! Appetizers

A box of Trader Joe's Hold the Corn appetizers.
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It's creamed corn with a crunchy shell in finger food form, and I'm here for it.

18. Nantucket Style Cranberry Pie

A box of frozen Nantucket-style cranberry pie.
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If you're pressed for time or afraid to tackle a homemade dessert, this cranberry pie will save the day. Plus, it's a welcome break from all the pumpkin and apple dishes.

17. Turkey & Stuffing en Croute

A box of turkey and stuffing en croute from Trader Joe's.
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This frozen turkey, stuffing, and gravy creation is surprisingly tasty. If you're cooking Thanksgiving for just a few people, this is a wonderful main dish. Just plan ahead because it has to thaw overnight in the fridge.

16. Apricot Cherry Cranberry Goat's Milk Cheese

15. Mac 'n Cheese

Boxes of frozen mac 'n' cheese from Trader Joe's.
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Don't even think about inviting me to your Thanksgiving if there's no mac 'n' cheese involved. If you don't want to make your mac from scratch, this is rich and cheesy and better than the boxed stuff.

14. Pumpkin Ice Cream

13. Fully Baked Apple Blossoms

A box of Trader Joe's apple blossoms.
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It takes just one minute to heat up these single-serve, frozen apple pies. They taste best with a scoop of ice cream on top.

12. Mashed Sweet Potatoes

A bag of mashed sweet potatoes from Trader Joe's.
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Not overly sweet and perfectly creamy, this needs to be on every Thanksgiving table.

11. Cornbread Stuffing Mix

A box of cornbread stuffing mix from Trader Joe's.
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Now, THIS is the good stuff. Try adding some browned sausage if you want to take things to the next level.

10. Cauliflower Tot Casserole

A box of frozen cauliflower tot casserole.
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You'll want to grab a few boxes of this indulgent, cheesy side dish because everyone will be helping themselves to seconds.

9. Creamy Spinach & Artichoke Dip

A box of frozen creamy spinach and artichoke dip from Trader Joe's.
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Every party needs a good party dip, and this should be yours.

8. Pumpkin Pie

Pre-made pumpkin pies from Trader Joe's.
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Save yourself the hours of baking and grab one of these. You definitely won't regret it.

7. Creamed Greens With Brussels Sprouts, Kale, & Parmesan Cheese

Trader Joe's frozen creamed greens with Brussels sprouts and kale.
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There should be at least one green side dish on your holiday table, so do the right thing and pick something covered with melted cheese.

6. Mini Cheesecake Cones

A box of frozen cheesecake cones from Trader Joe's.
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I have this thing for handheld desserts.

5. Cornbread Bites With Pepper Jack Cheese & Serrano Chile Peppers

A box of cornbread bites filled with pepper jack cheese and chile peppers.
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They're crunchy, they're savory, they're cheesy, they're spicy, and they're darn GOOD.

4. Broccoli & Cauliflower Gratin

A box of frozen broccoli and cauliflower gratin.
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Thanksgiving is all about disguising vegetables under a thick, melty layer of cheese. This cruciferous side dish is no exception.

3. French Apple Tart

A French apple tart from Trader Joe's.
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As far as store-bought pies go, this is the crème de la crème. It's all about the shortbread crust.

2. Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese

Frozen butternut squash mac 'n' cheese.
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Butternut squash gives plain old mac 'n' cheese a sophisticated and seasonal twist. But don't worry, there's still plenty of Gouda, cheddar, and Parmesan in there.

1. Scallopini Potatoes

A bag of scallopini potatoes topped with four cheese gratin.
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Not one, but FOUR! CHEESES! 😋

Do you have a favorite Trader Joe's Thanksgiving product I didn't mention? Tell me in the comments below!