9 Things You Need from Costco for the Holidays
Hosting a party for Christmas or New Year’s Eve? You’ll be cooking and baking up a storm. But sometimes you need a helping hand from frozen apps, shortcut ingredients or pre-made desserts. Here’s what to buy at Costco to help you out.
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If you’ve got a large crowd to feed and you just don’t have the time or oven space to make one of these holiday desserts for a crowd, you can rely on Costco for a giant pumpkin pie to feed everyone. Really—their signature pumpkin pie weighs almost four pounds and is retails from $5.99 to $7.99.
Need an appetizer on the fly? These frozen meatballs make it easy to throw an elegant starter together once they’ve been microwaved, poked with a toothpick, and served alongside a homemade dip. Your guests will never know you didn’t roll them yourself!
Short on time but need to pack in the flavor? Stock up on bouillon base ($7.50) that doesn’t take up space in your fridge, but seriously packs on the intense flavors and aromas your dishes need. Whether your homemade gravy needs a little something extra, or you’re looking to add extra flavor to a classic soup, this is here to help.
Quinoa & Brown Rice Packets
If you don’t have a rice cooker, or space on the stovetop to devote to simmering grains, pre-cooked packs ($12.50) that are quick to heat in the microwave are the way to go. Perfect as a healthy side for pan-roasted chicken and vegetables, you’ll want to keep these on hand long after the party is over.
Let’s be honest, sometimes baking a cheesecake can be tedious, but it’s always a crowd-pleaser. Save yourself some time with this two-pack of cheesecake ($47) that comes pre-sliced for easy serving. These triple chocolate and turtle cheesecakes out of Brooklyn will keep your sweet tooth satisfied, and save you some time.
Love the idea of throwing together a charcuterie board but not sure how to pair cheeses and meats? This charcuterie series ($120) does all the work for you with an assortment of soft and aged cheeses, salamis and soppressata that you just need to plate. Here are some helpful tips to building the perfect board that will wow your guests!
Chocolate Covered Strawberries & Cheesecake
Unless you’re throwing a fondue party, perfecting your chocolate covering technique might take a little more time than you have in the day. These Belgian milk, white, and dark chocolate covered strawberries and cheesecake bites ($40) are elegant for hosting small parties, but also make the perfect last minute gift idea.
Fresh Crab Cakes
Hosting the Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve? Or just really love seafood? These jumbo lump crab cakes ($150) make fast and meaty appetizers or sandwiches, and your hands won’t smell fishy after! Plus, they’re pre-portioned into 20 4 oz. servings so all you have to do is defrost and grill or pan sear.