11/17/14

A #HoneyBakedHoliday Dinner for Thanksgiving & a Giveaway


By on 11/17/2014 10:32:00 AM

We generally host a family Thanksgiving meal at our house every year--either on Thanksgiving Day or during the weeks surrounding the holiday.  This year, we had the opportunity to review HoneyBaked Ham's seasonal holiday side dishes and their ham and turkey meal offerings for a simplified Thanksgiving gathering.  What did we think of our #HoneyBakedHoliday dinner?  We thought we would share our #HoneyBakedHoliday dinner experience with you--and offer you the opportunity to enter to win a $500 HoneyBaked Ham gift card!

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.

In Store Pickup.  My husband headed off to the McNaughten HoneyBaked Ham store with my handwritten list and meat reservation confirmation numbers.

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

 

Both the ham and the turkey are fully cooked, glazed, slized and ready to serve--at room temperature.  Don't pop them in the oven like you normally may do!   I struggle with serving cold/room temperature, main dish meats--so I sought out some heating and care instructions on the HoneyBaked Ham website.  In the end, we opted to go ahead and serve at room temperature for this particular gathering--but, we did heat leftovers successfully following those online instructions.

Preparing the Pumpkin Pie

Simply slide the pie out of the box and it is ready to serve!  No baking.  No thawing.  It did require refrigeration--but, zero work on my part--aside from the slicing.

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.

I am a fan of stuffing.  Of my grandma's stuffing that very few people took the initiative to learn to make.  The HoneyBaked Ham Herb Stuffing was a hit--with me too--and that says a lot in our family.  The herbs and spices were not overpowering and the texture turned out very nice for a heat and eat dish.  (I would buy two next time!)

The Mashed Potatoes turned out well.
The garlic is certainly noticeable--so this dish wasn't a hit with non-garlic lovers--but, again, the texture and flavor turned out really well after oven baking.

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.
Once I began hosting our annual Thanksgiving meal, I added a ham to the meal since so many of our family members preferred ham to turkey. My hams are always well received--but, not always as well as this one was!  Isn't it beautiful?  I think so much of the Thanksgiving table is presentation--and this ham is perfect.  The pre-cut slices are easy to carve off and serve and the flavor of the ham is delicious.

Ahh...Pumpkin Pie
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.

Some Specials and Offers for You
From now until 1/11/15 you can enter to win a $25,000 HoneyBaked Kitchen Makeover when you buy a Ham and Turkey Breast bundle.

Check out this limited time coupon for $7.00 off any Sliced and Glazed Whole Turkey and 4lb Quarter Ham (Or Larger) from HoneyBaked Ham to help you make your holiday dinner easy and delicious!  (Offer Valid at Participating Retail Locations: Forestville, Silver Spring, Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Fields Ertel, Beechmont, Kenwood, Colerain, Florence, Salem, Centerville, Sawmill Road, McNaughten, Louisville, Lexington, Fern Creek, Glendale, Paradise Valley, Superstition, Tucson East, Tucson North, Overland Park, Independence, Barry Road, Norristown, Parma, Willoughby, Rocky River, Strongsville, Maple Heights, Canton, Fairlawn and Chapel Hill.)

HoneyBaked Ham is giving away a $500 Gift Card! You can enter below!

Note: We received a gift card from HoneyBaked Ham for use in purchasing items for this review. All opinions and experiences are our own.

About Angela

Angela is a freelance writer and blogger, blessed with 3 daughters, 4 cats, 1 needy dog, and 1 very supportive husband.

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