Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Now many of you will make your own Thanksgiving meal.
And if you are capable enough to produce an epic holiday meal, I applaud you. But I know many of you are either just not there yet with your cooking, you’re just too tired and stressed, or you just don’t feel like it. Whatever your reason is for not wanting to cook a holiday meal, I get it. Holidays are supposed to be fun!
More and more restaurants are doing holiday menus, and for good reason folks will buy holiday meals if it means they don’t have to slave away in a kitchen for 10 plus hours. The one problem with that is, not all places do a real good job executing that. Fortunately, Copper Canyon Grill has their stuff in order. More than just in order, Copper Canyon Grill’s Holiday Menu game is as the kids would say, “ON POINT!”
I recently attended a preview dinner of their entire holiday menu and uhh let me tell you if I had this on my holiday dinner table I would need to be peeled out of my chair because I would never leave. Or they would need to use a forklift to carry me out because my fat butt would be filled with so much of their delicious food.
So here’s how it works:
Step 1- Place your order 2 days in advance. (Easy enough)
Step 2- Pick up said order. (Still easy)
Step 3- Re-heat or serve immediately & eat! (Easiest step of all!)
They had all your favorite sides for the most part and they were pretty fantastic. Mrs. Unmanly Chef a stuffing hater loved the cornbread stuffing they served. It used housemade corn bread and it had this delicious buttery sweet consistency without being too overpowering. The mac & cheese, which I think is honestly the best side of all time, was unreal how good it was. It’s a baked with three kinds of cheese and a smooth bechamel sauce which doesn’t have you wishing there was more in it. Most places don’t make their mac & cheese creamy enough, not a problem here. Plus they give it a nitro boost with bacon and a shot of spice.
But let’s talk mashed potatoes shall we? They are creamy and smooth, but not so smooth you think you’re eating something made by a machine. They have green onions in them which I love, the flavor of green onions give it an almost sour cream and onion flavor. The cranberry sauce which I know some people don’t like, but I love, was awesome. The ginger and citrus undertones to the cranberry sauce help add a fun flavor to the turkey.
But now let’s really talk…Let’s talk TURKEY! The turkey is excellent, it’s roasted in their wood fired rotisserie which uhh who doesn’t love rotisserie chicken? Rotisserie turkey is an upgrade!
They use a giblet gravy which makes it ten times tastier than any packet gravy you might make at home. This turkey would be a welcome addition to your dinner table, let me tell you.
The dessert was a decadent pumpkin cheesecake, if pumpkin based desserts is your thing. Then this is your new thing. I personally love their key lime pie, so I would sub that in, but you can’t go wrong with their desserts.
Copper Canyon Grill is apart of the Stanford Grill family so if you’ve had their awesome food you know how good this food is and was for me. What I love about their cooking is that they don’t just go through the motions like some restaurants do. The head chef remarked how he used childhood inspired recipes from his grandma to craft many of his dishes. You can tell the difference, the food has a hearty rustic vibe, when you leave the restaurant you feel like you just ate at your grandma’s house. Which is a good thing.
If you’re interested in buying their product for the holidays it’s pretty reasonable. For a family of four you get a Turkey (or two roast chickens) and 3 sides it’s only $85.00 (plus it includes cornbread, cranberry sauce, and gravy).
Let’s do the math on that one, *sorry had to take off my shoes to count on my fingers and toes*, it’s $21.25 a person! You can’t get a quality meal out for that good of a price.
Let’s do the math if you made this at home.
-A Butterball turkey costs about $11.04 for a 8lb turkey.
-If you were to make the three sides, with quality ingredients that will probably run you another 20 to 30 dollars depending on what you use. So now we’re up to $41.04.
-Now you need to make the gravy, cranberry sauce, and cornbread skillet, another $10. Again you have to compare in quality too.
-So we’re at $51.04 for just the raw ingredients.
-You’re thinking you have me beat right? WRONG! What about your time people? As Benny Franklin once said, “TIME IS MONEY!” Let’s say we pay you just minimum wage, which in Maryland is $8.25 an hour. You’re telling me you can put together ALL that food in less than 4 hours? Because that’s what you would need to do to beat their price point. An average extravagant holiday meal will take you at least 4 hours not including prep work and not including ANY help. You’re easily at $100.00 already.
So the morale of the story is let Copper Canyon Grill cook your holiday dinner for you. I’m seriously considering this for my own Thanksgiving. It was that good people. Plus you can’t discount the value of your time, while I love cooking sometimes even I don’t want to spend 10 to 15 hours planning and cooking a meal for the holidays.
This menu/offer runs through January 1st, 2016 so you can use this option again and again to whether the holiday cooking storm.
*Copper Canyon Grill is located in Montgomery County, if you live far away from there like say in Howard County, Stanford Grill runs the same promotion*