Thanksgiving Day Menu for Takeout and Delivery

Restaurants are picking up the pace with only days ahead of Thanksgiving Day. We might as well give you some ideas for your Thanksgiving Day menu and get your creative juices flowing.

They’re basically the same food we all know and love, but with a little twist to make it more suitable for your takeouts and deliveries.

Why You Need to Optimize Your Menu

We bet you already have a menu from previous Thanksgivings. But that was some time ago. Obviously, you can’t have more than 50% of your dine-in capacity, and customers will most likely go for a more practical option.

You’ll still have the usual dine-in Thanksgiving Day specials on Monday, but you need the other 50% to 60% volume from your takeouts and deliveries.

Quite simple, isn’t it? Well, you also need to make sure your Thanksgiving menu for takeout and delivery travels well and doesn’t take an eternity to prepare.

We’ll share some quick and easy Thanksgiving Day menu ideas from the internet to give your takeout and delivery a little boost during the holidays.

Main Dish

Let’s start with an all-time classic – the iconic Thanksgiving Day turkey. For takeout and delivery, you might go for something that’s easier to cook and travels well. Here’s a great example:

Roasted Turkey Breast

Ingredients:

3 tbsp.Dijon Mustard
2 tbsp.balsamic vinegar
3 tsp.dried herbs (thyme, oregano, rosemary, bay leaves, etc).
2 tsp.garlic powder
1 tsp.salt
3 tbsp.olive oil
1 tsp.smoked paprika
 freshly ground black pepper
3 lbs.turkey breast

Side Dish

Most people will probably have their own turkey – or try making one. Offer some of your traditional Thanksgiving side dish to go with the main course. Here are some Thanksgiving Day ideas with a twist:

Honey Roasted Carrots

Ingredients:

2 lbs.carrots
 salt
 freshly ground black pepper
1/2  tsp.cumin
2 tbsp.olive oil
2 tbsp.honey
 fresh herbs (parsley, thyme)
 sesame and flax seeds

Baked Parmesan Sweet Potato Fries

Ingredients:

2 lbs.sweet potatoes
1 1/2  tbsp.cornstarch
1 tsp.garlic powder
1 tsp.dried basil
1/8 tsp.cumin
1/2 tsp.salt
1/3 cupParmesan
 freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp.oil
  
 (dip)
1/4 cupsour cream
1/2 tsp.mustard
2 tbsp.sweet chili garlic sauce

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

 Ingredients:

1 poundBrussels Sprouts
1/2 tsp.salt
1/4 tsp.garlic powder
2 tbsp.olive oil
 freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cupcranberries
1/4 cuppine nuts

Roasted Vegetable Salad

 Ingredients:

1 poundbutternut squash
1 poundBrussels Sprouts
1red bell pepper
1 tsp.salt
1 tsp.black pepper
2 tsp.dried oregano
3 tbsp.olive oil
  
 (dressing)
1avocado
 lime juice
1/4 cupolive oil
1 clovegarlic
1/2 tsp.salt
1/4 tsp.black pepper

Casseroles

Casseroles are excellent for takeout and delivery because you can prepare them ahead of time and can be easily baked or reheated. Give some of these casseroles a try for Thanksgiving.

Potato Gratin (Potato Dauphinois)

Ingredients:

2 1/2 lbs.starchy potatoes
1 1/4 cupcream (35% fat)
1 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp.nutmeg
1 1/2 tsp.salt
1garlic clove
1 tbsp.butter
1/3 cupCheddar cheese
 fresh thyme

Green Bean Casserole

Ingredients:

1/4 cuponion
2 tbsp.butter
2 tbsp.all-purpose flour
1 tsp.salt
1 tsp.sugar
1 cupsour cream
14.5 oz.French style green beans
  
 (toppings)
2 cupscheddar cheese
1/2 cupbuttery round crackers (crushed)
1 tbsp.butter

Butternut Squash Casserole

Ingredients:

1butternut squash
1 cupsugar
1 1/2 cupmilk
1 tsp.vanilla extract
1 pinchsalt
2 tbsp.all-purpose flour
3eggs
1/4 cupmargarine
  
 (toppings)
6 oz.crushed vanilla wafers
1/2 cupmargarine
1 cupbrown sugar

Yam Casserole

Ingredients:

4 lbs.yam
2 tbsp.butter
2eggs
1/4 cupbrown sugar
1 tsp.salt
1 tsp.cinnamon
1/8 tsp.allspice
1/8 tsp.nutmeg
  
 (toppings)
6 oz.pecan halves
1/3 cupbrown sugar
1/4 cupmelted butter

Ask Your Customers What They Have in Mind

The great thing with social media is you’re able to show people your Thanksgiving Day ideas and get instant feedback for free. By now, you should have thousands of followers on your restaurant Facebook Page. So why not give them a little “teaser” of your Thanksgiving Day menu and see what they have in mind?

Put out a little survey or landing page of your Thanksgiving Day ideas for takeout and delivery. You can easily do this if you have a restaurant CRM like DeliveryBizConnect. It also helps you with the estimated cost, saving you a lot of money in the process while giving customers exactly what they want for Thanksgiving.

And finally, you need to have an online menu for your takeout and delivery. If you’re using third-party delivery apps, keep in mind it takes 24-48 hours before your menu items go live on the app. With DeliveryBizConnect, you can quickly set up your takeout and delivery items for Thanksgiving and it becomes available on the DeliveryBizConnect app and your online menu all on the same day.

See how quick and easy it is to set up your online menu using DeliveryBizConnect:

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