Note: We received a gift card from HoneyBaked Ham for use in purchasing items for this review. All opinions and experiences are our own.
The Ordering Process. The HoneyBaked Ham holiday meal ordering seems to vary by store location. I have always ordered HoneyBaked Ham catering online for past events--but, my usual Honeybaked Ham store on McNaughten Road in Columbus, Ohio, didn't have online options for me to really customize the side dishes and meat sizes that I wanted--so I gave the store a call. The McNaughten HoneyBaked Ham store does not accept full meal orders--except for the catering packages advertised online--but, does take reservations for hams and turkeys. Side dishes, pies, and condiments are simply ordered at the store when the meat is picked up.
This concerned the obsessive compulsive host in me a little. What if there was a mad rush on stuffing and we had to search for stuffing two hours before our guests were to arrive?
The store associate was reassuring--and very helpful in making suggestions to help me select the appropriate size of the meats ordered and to select side dishes to accompany my reserved turkey and ham. I made my ham and turkey reservations and planned our meal pickup.
He needed a Whole Roasted, Sliced and Glazed Turkey Breast, a Half Ham in the 8-10 pound range, a side of Herb Stuffing, a Side of Garlic Mashed Potatoes, a Pumpkin Pie and Turkey Gravy.
The clerk was friendly, helpful--and his order was put together quickly and easily--with only one hitch. The store had no turkey gravy.
Meal Prep Time!We were keeping this gathering fairly simple--so the ham, turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing were joining a vegetable tray, cinnamon apples, dinner rolls, gravy and desserts. It was time to get cooking!
Preparing the Herb Stuffing and Mashed Potatoes
Both of these side dishes came prepackaged in heat and serve style containers. While both dishes could be heated in either the microwave or a conventional oven; I prefer oven heating for flavor. The instructions worked like a charm and both were ready to serve in less than an hour.
Preparing The HoneyBaked Ham &The Whole Roasted Turkey Breast
Preparing the Pumpkin Pie
While the stuffing and mashed potatoes were baking, I put together the few extra dishes I had planned--and the table was ready to set.
Serving the Meal
We arranged the buffet tables, put the HoneyBaked Ham dishes into my own serving bowls and platters--and dinner was served!
The Herb Stuffing was a hit.
The Mashed Potatoes turned out well.
The Roasted Turkey Breast was perfect.
The Thanksgiving turkey was traditionally the only meat my family served for Thanksgiving. The sliced and glazed turkey breast was easy to serve--I simply pulled the even slices gently apart with a knife and fork--and arranged it on a meat platter. No thawing. No roasting. No carving. It was tender, well flavored and paired very well with the yummy stuffing!
The HoneyBaked Ham stole the show.
I am not sure if all of the HoneyBaked Ham stores use the same pie company for their pies--but, this pumpkin pie from Mahaffie's in Dayton, Ohio, was probably the best non-mom-made pumpkin pie I've served. (So much so--that I have already planned a trip to the actual Mahaffie's Pies store the next time we are in Dayton!)
Would I recommend making your Thanksgiving easier with a #HoneyBakedHoliday meal? We have had great experiences with HoneyBaked Ham over the years. From SuperBowl parties to Easter dinners--and now onto Thanksgiving, the offerings and quality have not failed to impress us and our guests. I know that Thanksgiving often holds a number of special family dishes that only "certain recipes" will suit--but, if you need to save some time (or some of the dinner-prep-workload) without cutting quality--I would certainly suggest giving HoneyBaked Ham a try! It simplified our meal--and lessened my workload during an already busy time of the year.
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