The Secrets to Plating A Beautiful Store-Bought Holiday Meal

The Secrets to Plating A Beautiful Store-Bought Holiday Meal

You already saved time by ordering a holiday meal or à la carte dishes at your local Whole Foods Market, but now what? Molly Siegler from the Whole Foods Market Culinary Development team is sharing easy, extra touches that can take your store-bought meal to the next level. Get out your best serving dishes — your meal is (well, will be) ready for its close-up.

Entrées & Sides

  • Turkey breast. Slice the turkey breast in  ½- inch-thick slices on a bias — hold your chef's knife at a 45-degree angle to the meat and slice across the grain — and then fan the slices across a serving dish with the golden, crispy skin-side up. 
  • Mashed potatoes. After reheating, spoon the mashed potatoes into a serving bowl and use the backside of a spoon to make a swirl across the top. Want to go all out? Drizzle a little melted butter (or butter) over the top.
  • Stuffing. Arrange the stuffing in a casserole dish and reheat it so it develops a nice golden-brown crust. Add a sprinkle of fresh herbs before serving.
  • Green beans. Arrange the warm beans in a serving bowl or on a smaller platter. Make it look a little fancier by piling the beans nice and high. Sprinkle with a little extra parsley and serve with serving tongs if you have them.
  • Gravy. If you have two gravy boats, use both, and place them at opposite ends of the table. Or use a soup tureen with a small ladle if you have one.
  • Cranberry orange sauce. Serve the sauce in a small serving bowl with a spoon. Garnish with freshly grated orange zest on the top to refresh the orange flavor and color.
  • Dinner rolls. Warm the rolls and arrange them in a basket lined with a festively colored cloth napkin. Remember to fold the top of the napkin over the rolls to keep them warm.


  • Pumpkin pie. Avoid a mess at the table by presenting the whole pie to your guests, then take it into the kitchen to slice and plate. Spoon a dollop of whipped cream near the crust of each slice. Finally, sprinkle grated nutmeg or a pinch of cinnamon on the whipped cream.
  • Apple pie. A slice of apple pie topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream is pretty much perfect. But for the adventurous, try a twist on tradition with cinnamon or honey ice cream.
  • After all, it’s all about two things: the presentation … and the food. (You know you’ve already got that last part covered.)

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