An Oven-Free Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving is a cook’s holiday. Whether you prepare the entire meal from scratch yourself or bring your famous brussels sprouts or pumpkin pie with you to sup with friends and family, it seems everyone has a favorite dish to share. That doesn’t necessarily mean you want to cook the whole meal. Brooklyn brims with food businesses and you can buy everything you need for Thanksgiving without having to peel a single potato. You may however, want to turn the oven on for just a few minutes to heat things up and to get the house smelling like the holidays.

Roast your turkey, pass these sides off as your own
Officially, Applewood (501 11th St., 718-788-1810) stopped taking orders for their Thanksgiving accompaniment package yesterday. But for you, dear readers, they’ll extend one more day. Order by 5 p.m. on Thursday (today!) to bring home their stellar selection of sides, which include sweet potato puree or herbed new potatoes, roasted fall root vegetables, butternut squash soup, fresh cranberry chutney, pecan stuffing and turkey gravy, all made from fresh local ingredients–once orders close they’ll call the farmer to set your squash in motion. Sadly, turkey orders have closed so your on your own there, but you can also purchase pumpkin pies and apple cakes from the Park Slope restaurant.

Fab Fare
Brooklyn Fare (200 Schermerhorn St. 718-243-0050) has quickly become known for their prepared foods and they’re breaking out a catering menu for turkey day that includes sides like roasted leeks, butternut squash soup, cranberry chutney and mini pumpkin pies. Call for details.

Directly to your door
Yeah, yeah we know you hate the boxes and the idling trucks. But we’ve got to say, the Fresh Direct Thanksgiving menu is a pretty great deal, especially for a crowd. The large menu, which is designed for 14-18 people, costs $299.99 and includes a 20- to 22-lb. antibiotic-free turkey, cranberry sauce, rolls, gravy and your choice of stuffing, sides and desserts. For 15 people that’s just $20 each. You can’t get mac and cheese and a beer for that in this town! Order by Sunday, Nov. 22 for delivery on Tuesday or Wednesday. They’ll also deliver wine and nibbles, at additional cost.

Deliverance from a flour-covered kitchen
So you’re not a baker. No problem. Have BB pal Kelly Geary of Sweet Deliverance make your Thanksgiving desserts for you. Order by 5 p.m. on Friday and she’ll show up at the New Amsterdam Market on Sunday with your sweet treat in tow. Choose from apple pear cranberry pie with crumble top; honey-whipped goat Cheese tart with roasted pears and fried sage leaves (this could practically be a vegetarian main course it’s so savory-sweet delicious); and maple sweet potato pie with spiced candied nuts. She’s also offered to make her fabulous lemon cream tart especially for Brooklyn Based readers. Email Kelly to order.

Surprisingly sweet
Continuing on the dessert tip, Marlow and Daughters (95 Broadway, 718-388-5700) will offer a heat-and-eat apple crisp and a variety of pies for pick-up, in addition to their selection of meat and poultry, which you’ll have to cook yourself.

Homemade Provisions
Fort Greene’s Greene Grape Provisions (753 Fulton St., 718-233-2700) is selling free-range, all-natural turkeys at a very reasonable $3.99 a pound (organic and heritage breeds are available but cost more), plus traditional homemade sides like green beans almondine and stuffing, plus cheese plates and pumpkin, apple and pecan pies from Margaret Palca Bakes. You can sample all the sides at the Greene Grape wine store (765 Fulton St., 718-797-9463) this Friday Nov. 20 from 5-8 p.m. They’ll be pairing the food with their “All-American Six Pack” of wines, which include local vintages like Heart & Hands, a Finger Lakes Pinot Noir. If you like what you try, order online by 9 a.m. on Monday. Add the 6-pack for $90, and wine delivery is free.

Moi iCi
Reservations for iCi‘s (246 Dekalb Avenue at Vanderbilt, 718-789-2778) Thanksgiving Dinner are booked (feel free to place your name on the waiting list!) but they’re selling turkeys from upstate farm Violet Hill, which supplies Daniel and Jean-Georges. Order one raw or pre-cooked with fixings like a fall vegetable salad, cornbread sausage stuffing, and red wine roasted brussels sprouts. (Full disclosure: the full menu looks so good, one of us will be attempting to recreate their classic spread at home.) Order through Tuesday, Nov. 24; pickup the 25th or Thanksgiving Day.

Let’s talk Jive Turkey
Blame Williams-Sonoma. This year, the mega kitchenware retailer began offering Brooklyn’s very own deep-fried Jive Turkeys (441 Myrtle Ave., 718-797-1688) via its online store, which means only the Cajun turkey is now available for delivery by T-day. You can, however, wait in line any day next week, including Thanksgiving day, and have a shot at any of their 15 flavors, including the best-selling Peach Bourbon Turkey. Just know that you could face a 100-person long line, and it’s all first-come, first serve.

Sent by Annaliese and Nicole. Photos courtesy of Sweet Deliverance and Provisions.

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