Semi-Homemade Thanksgiving Side Dishes & Desserts Ideas #HolidayExperts

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As you know, we have been hosting Thanksgiving at our house for several years now. We have a huge family! We typically have 20-30 family members join us for Thanksgiving dinner. That’s a lot of cooking! In the beginning, I used to insist on making everything from scratch. Now many years and turkeys later, I am singing a different tune lol. I now fully embrace outside help in many forms such as buying a few pre-made items that I either serve as-is (think dips for appetizers or easy cheese course) or I doctor to make my own or to incorporate into a more complex dish.


A great place to start if you need a little help this holiday season is at Boston Market – they have a variety of home-style menus all prepared using fresh, high-quality ingredients.


Semi-Homemade Thanksgiving Ideas from Boston Market

  • Skip peeling, boiling, and mashing potatoes! Add minced garlic, sour cream, and chives to pre-made Boston Market mashed potatoes.
  • Skip making corn bread from scratch! Use Boston Market corn bread to make cornbread stuffing, bread pudding, or serve as-is as your Thanksgiving dinner rolls.
  • Save time from trimming and steaming green beans and pick up pre-made green beans from Boston Market and turn them into the classic green bean casserole.
  • Turn Boston Market creamed spinach into a quick spinach pie made with pre-made pastry dough.
  • Turn Boston Market cinnamon apples into an apple crisp by putting into a baking dish and adding the “crisp” toppings.

We love bread pudding so we decided to try Boston Market’s Head Chef and Director of Culinary Innovation, Rik Kiessling’s, Corn Bread Pudding recipe. Of course we used Boston Market cornbread!


It is delicious and would be a welcome addition to your family’s holiday table!

Corn Bread Pudding Recipe

Corn Bread Pudding Recipe



  • 5 large eggs
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Whisk together all ingredients.

Caramel Sauce

  • 2 cups sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • ¼ cup Bourbon
  • 1 cup heavy cream

1. Mix sugar, water and corn syrup together.
2. Place in a pot and bring to a boil, and slow down to a slow simmer.
3. Cook the sugar until it reaches an almond color.
4. Remove from heat and add heavy cream and Bourbon.
5. Return to stove top for a quick boil and then remove from heat.
6. Set aside and let cool.

Bread Pudding

  • 8 Boston Market® Cornbread, cubed
  • 2 ½ cups bread pudding custard mix, see recipe above
  • ½ stick butter, melted
  • Caramel sauce, see recipe above


1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. With cooking spray, coat the inside of four 8 oz. soufflé dishes.
3. Place cubed cornbread evenly in soufflé dishes.
4. Pour custard mix evenly over cornbread, being careful not to overfill soufflé dishes.
5. Place on cookie sheet and place in oven.
6. Cook for 18 minutes.
7. Drizzle butter over the top of bread pudding.
8. To serve, drizzle with caramel sauce.


Did you know?

Boston Market has been open on Thanksgiving for more than 15 years! They served more than 1 million people last Thanksgiving, and expect to serve more than 1 million again this year. Boston Market’s home style menu items are all prepared using fresh, high-quality ingredients, and offer consumers a tremendous value.

In addition to full meals, Boston Market encourages customers to visit our restaurants to pick up any last-minute sides or pies they may need. If you’ve waited until the last minute or something happens Thanksgiving Day and you need sides, they’re open. If ordered in advance, Boston Market also offers a whole roasted turkey holiday meal for 12 for $99.99.

Visit for more information and make sure to check out Boston Market’s Celebration Hub at to find recipes, tips and other ideas for a stress-free, delicious Thanksgiving.


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