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Wednesday, November 10, 1999 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Try Takeout Turkey For A No-Fuss Meal

Special To The Seattle Times

Are you ready for the last Thanksgiving dinner of the 1900s? Chances are, that infamous turkey feast has crossed your mind about now.

With the holiday season predicted to be especially hectic this year, many of our area markets, restaurants and hotels have come through again with prepared meal packages and side dishes to help take the work out of serving your family. Most of these packages are chilled, so allow time for reheating.

A few places have even added premier packages and fancy a la carte items for those of you who want to indulge a little more this year.

The following is a sampling of what is being offered in our area:

Albertson's "Turkey Dinner" ($24.99; serves 6 to 8) includes a fully cooked 10- to 12-pound turkey or whole, boneless ham (4 to 5 pounds), 2 1/2 pounds of bread stuffing, 4 pounds of mashed potatoes and 30 ounces of homestyle gravy. Place orders 24 hours in advance at an Albertson's near you. Orders must be picked up by noon Thanksgiving Day.

Fred Meyer is offering two packages this year. The "Traditional Holiday Roasted Turkey Dinner" ($29.95; serves 6 to 8) includes a fully cooked 10- to 12-pound turkey, 2 pounds of traditional sage stuffing, 4 pounds of mashed potatoes and 40 ounces of traditional turkey gravy. The "Premier Holiday Dinner" ($49.95; serves 6 to 8) includes your choice of either a 3 1/2-pound Cure 81 pre-sliced baked ham or Turkey Store natural oven-roasted turkey breast, 30 ounces of smoked seafood chowder, a little over a pound of mushroom hazelnut stuffing, 1 1/2 pounds Yukon gold mashed potatoes, 1 pound vegetable medley with hollandaise sauce, 15 ounces of apple, cranberry and pineapple chutney, 15 ounces of hunter gravy with Marsala wine and a 16-ounce eggnog cheesecake to top it all off. Place orders with the service deli at your nearest Fred Meyer.

Hyatt Regency Bellevue's "Turkey To Go" ($89; serves 4 to 6) includes a roasted tom turkey rubbed with autumn spices, chestnut sage dressing, roasted butternut squash bisque, Caesar salad, mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, honey-glazed yams, giblet gravy, cranberry sauce, rolls and butter, and a pumpkin pie. Deadline for orders is 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22. Call 425-451-3012 and pick up orders Thanksgiving Day at Eques Restaurant in the Hyatt Regency Bellevue, 900 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue.

Larry's Markets' "Holiday Banquet" ($175; serves 10 to 12) includes a whole smoked turkey (approximately 13 pounds) or seasoned turkey breast, garlic Parmesan mashed potatoes, yam compote, sour cream and sage dressing, turkey gravy and orange cranberry relish. Additionally, Larry's will have a "Holiday Sides" package ($136; serves 10 to 12) which includes garlic Parmesan mashed potatoes, sour cream and sage dressing, roasted root vegetables, turkey gravy and orange cranberry relish. Besides the packages you can also order premier items such as cooked prime rib, spiral-cut ham, scalloped potatoes, Northwest fruit stuffing, red and blue potato salads and a number of other side dishes. Call in orders to 206-343-8646 or drop by any Larry's Market.

Marie Callender's offers a selection of three meals. The "Ultimate Feast" ($79.95; serves 6 to 8) includes a whole roasted turkey (10 to 11 pounds), apple-sage stuffing, mashed potatoes, vegetables, baked yam casserole, a pan of golden cornbread with honey spread, turkey gravy and a pumpkin or apple pie. The traditional "Turkey Feast" ($59.95; serves 6 to 8) offers roasted turkey breast (approximately 3 pounds) instead of the whole turkey and includes all of the side dishes. Also available is a "Ham Feast" ($69.96; serves 6 to 8) which includes a fully cooked honey-glazed boneless ham (4 pounds), pineapple sauce, mashed potatoes, vegetables, baked yam casserole, cornbread with honey spread and a pumpkin or apple pie. Place orders at any Marie Callender's Restaurant at least 48 hours in advance.

Puget Consumers Co-op's "Holiday Dinner" Package ($145; serves 8 to 10) includes a fully cooked Diestel Free-Range Turkey (10 to 12 pounds), organic salad greens with hazelnuts and raspberry vinaigrette, 3 1/4 pounds cranberry pecan stuffing, 3 1/4 pounds organic mashed potatoes, 2 1/2 pounds herb roasted squash, 2 1/2 pounds seasonal vegetable saute, 2 1/2 pounds mushroom gravy, 1 1/2 pounds cranberry chutney and one 9-inch pumpkin or pecan pie. Also inquire about PCC's vegetarian alternative. Place orders at any PCC market. Deadline for orders is Sunday, Nov. 21.

QFC's "Holiday Meal" ($49.99; serves 6 to 8) includes a fully cooked Butterball turkey (9 to 11 pounds) or spiral-sliced ham (6 to 8 pounds), an appetizer of Cibo cranberry walnut torta and Le Pain Grille mini toast, herb stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranapple sauce, Milton rolls and turkey gravy.

Order your meal at any area QFC deli department at least 24 hours before pickup. A reminder, QFC is closed on Thanksgiving Day, so orders must be picked up the day before.

Safeway is offering three "Holiday Feast" to-go meals. The complete turkey dinner includes a fully roasted whole turkey (10 to 12 pounds), 2 1/2 pounds bread dressing, 2 1/2 pounds seasoned mashed potatoes, 2 pounds turkey gravy, 1 pound cranberry sauce, a dozen party flake dinner rolls and an 8-inch pumpkin pie. Additionally, Safeway is offering a spiral-cut ham dinner ($39.95; serves 4 to 8) which includes a Safeway Select spiral ham (approximately 6 1/2 pounds), 3 pounds mashed potatoes, 30 ounces ham gravy, 2 pounds corn casserole, a dozen dinner rolls and an 8-inch apple-crumb pie, or a prime rib dinner ($39.95; serves 4 to 6) with beef mushroom gravy and all the other side dishes. Various party trays will also be available for $9.99. Place orders at any Safeway deli department and allow 48 hours notice.

Seattle Super Smoke doesn't offer meal packages, but it has whole smoked turkeys (8 to 25 pounds for $3.35 a pound), smoked boneless turkey breast (4 to 7 pounds for $6.50 a pound), Black Forest ham (half at 4 1/2 to 5 pounds or whole at 8 to 10 pounds for $5.50 a pound) and fine smoked salmon either kippered or lox varieties ( 1/2 to 3 pounds for $14.95 a pound) or whole smoked salmon ($16.95 a pound).

You can place orders at three Seattle Super Smoke locations. Call the original store in Seattle at 206-625-1339 (2454 Occidental Ave. S.) or contact the Bellevue Place store at 425-462-6361 (10500 N.E. Eighth St.) or the Kirkland store at 425-739-9925 (130 Lake St. S.). Orders must be picked up by the day before Thanksgiving.

Sharps Roaster and Ale House and its two sister restaurants offer "Turkey Take Home Parties" in two sizes. The small ($59.95; serves 6 to 8) and large ($89.95; serves 10 to 12) packages both include fully cooked turkey breast meat, herb bread stuffing, mashed potatoes, buttered mixed vegetables, Granny Smith's orange cranberry sauce, gravy and herb bread and butter.

Call Sharp's Roaster at 206-241-5744 (18427 Pacific Highway S., Seattle), Kirkland Roaster and Ale House at 425-827-4400 (111 Central Way, Kirkland) or Von's Grand City Cafe at 206-621-8667 (619 Pine St., Seattle). Orders must be placed 24 hours in advance.

Silence-Heart-Nest Vegetarian Restaurant has been offering a turkey dinner alternative for several years now. The main course, a meatless "neatloaf," is made from cereal grains, ricotta cheese, tofu, rice and herbs ($15; serves 6 to 8 and comes in an oven-ready pan). Mushroom gravy ($4.95 a pint) and pumpkin pie may be purchased separately. Call 206-524-4008 to place orders and pick up at the restaurant at 5247 University Way N.E., Seattle.

University Plaza Hotel's "Turkeys To Go" in two sizes ($99 serves 10 or $149 serves 15) include a fully cooked roasted tom turkey, homemade dressing with fresh sage, mashed potatoes, candied yams, broccoli-carrot saute, whole fresh cranberry sauce, turkey gravy, holiday pasta salad, dinner rolls and a pumpkin pie.

Orders must be received and prepaid by 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22. Pickup time on Thanksgiving Day is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 206-634-0100 ext. 165 or 127, Excalibur's Restaurant, University Plaza Hotel, 400 N.E. 45th St., Seattle.

Whole Foods Market is the last, but newest business to offer a take-home Thanksgiving meal. The Thanksgiving dinner package ($99.99; serves 6 to 8) includes a fully cooked Diestel Ranch all-natural turkey, traditional savory stuffing, garlic mashed potatoes, broccoli medley with toasted almonds, turkey gravy, cranberry relish, dinner rolls and a pumpkin pie. Also available are a number of special items such as butternut squash and apple soup ($5.49 per quart), root vegetable puree ($4.99 a pound) and apricot glazed sweet potatoes ($5.99 a pound).

Whole Foods also offers a vegan meal ($48; serves 4) which includes a mixed grain and mushroom soup, grilled field roast with wild rice and cranberries, garlic mashed potatoes, green beans with shallots and herbs, vegan mushroom gravy, and organic cranberry applesauce. Call Whole Foods newly opened store at 206-985-1500 (126 N.E. 64th St., Seattle). Deadline for orders is Sunday, Nov. 21, and meals must be picked up by Wednesday, Nov. 24. The market will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

Thriftway is not offering traditional meal packages, but will have everything from roasted turkey, baked ham and whole prime rib to side dishes including herb stuffing, mashed potatoes, turkey gravy, baked yams, whipped sweet potatoes, cranberry relishes and assorted vegetable dishes. They will, however, have single-serving turkey dinners available, which include roasted turkey breast, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing and cranberry sauce. Selection and prices may vary as each Thriftway store is independently owned and operated. Check with your area Thriftway for more information.

Copyright (c) 1999 Seattle Times Company, All Rights Reserved.

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