Admittedly, the first two games on Turkey Day "feature" the Detroit Lions and the Oakland Raiders being offered as sacrificial lambs but you still might want to watch them and reminisce about last year's triumphant Titans performance on Thanksgiving. Or maybe you'd rather spend time with friends and family that day rather than trying to time the simultaneous preparation of two proteins and six vegetables. Or maybe you're just lazy like me.
Regardless of your motivation (or lack thereof), the massive kitchens at Gaylord Opryland Resort are promising to come to your rescue. They are offering a "Gobblers to Go" program to provide all or part of your Thanksgiving experience at a completely reasonable rate. The bill of fare is scalable depending on whether you need an entire turkey dinner or would prefer to go à la carte so that you can save room on the table for Gramma's marshmallow sweet potato casserole dish. Check out the menu after the jump.
From Gaylord's website:
Gobbler to Go Menu
Corn Bread Stuffing
Spiced Granny Smith Apples, Celery, Onions, Turkey Broth
Caramelized Sweet Potatoes, Brown Sugar Glaze,
Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes
Yukon Gold Potato Puree... The Best Ever.
Sauteed Butternut Acorn Squash
Candied Pecans, Brown Sugar
Butternut Squash Bisque
Dried Pear Croutons
Fresh Cranberries, Grand Marnier & Citrus
Southern Style Green Beans
Traditional Giblet Gravy
Oak Roasted Salmon
Garnished with a Variety of Seafood Salads and Dips
Orzo Pasta Salad (Chilled)
Orzo Pasta, Harvest Grains, Fresh Autumn Veggies
Seared Fingerling Potatoes (Chilled)
Haricots Verts and Crispy Pancetta in a Whole Grain Mustard Vinaigrette
Granny Smith &
Macintosh Apple Salad (Chilled)
Toasted Walnuts, Blue Cheese
Kentucky Derby Pie
Chocolate, Pecans, Custard
Prices range from $8.00 for an individual side dish to $270.00 for a complete dinner for you and nine of your closest friends and/or family. When you figure the cost of dining out or buying all the ingredients plus your hourly wage as chief cook and bottle washer, it really looks like quite a good deal. Because who really has the ingredients for great stuffing* like sage, thyme, cumin and cloves sitting around the house that haven't gone stale since last year? Besides Nicki, of course. Best of all, delivery is available within a 25 mile radius of Gaylord for just $20. Sounds like more couch time for me.
Further details from Gaylord:
Contact Gaylord Opryland before November 22, 2009. Orders are taken on a first-come, first-served basis and are secured with a credit card. Meals can be picked up on Wednesday, November 25 between 2:00-8:00 p.m. (chilled) or Thursday, November 26 between 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (hot). Complete warming instructions are provided, and portions are generous to accommodate leftovers. All orders will include freshly baked bread.