Carrots, Cane Sugar, Eggs, Butter (Pasteurized Cream [Milk], Lactic Acid), Unbleached Enriched Flour (Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Cultured Dextrose (for Freshness), Vanilla Extract, Baking Powder (Monocalcium Phosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cornstarch), Sea Salt, Cinnamon, Ground Nutmeg.
Contains Milk, Egg, Wheat.
Microwave (1,200 watts):
Microwave cook times may vary depending on oven wattage. Remove cooking tray from outer packaging, remove film and heat on high for 2 minutes and 45 seconds. Let stand 1 minute. Serve right away.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Remove film. Place on baking sheet on center rack of oven (do not place plastic tray directly on oven rack). Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until heated through. Let stand 2 minutes. Serve right away.
We cooked a few different varieties of ready-made TJ’s sides at once, in a 350°F oven for 20-25 minutes. Not exactly as prescribed in the directions, but it worked perfectly in our tests.
Maybe we’re getting progressively time-starved, or maybe the new side dish options at TJ’s sounded irresistible, but this Thanksgiving we opted for a table full of ready-made sides. TJ’s had a huge supply, and we love experimenting. Besides, are we expected to pass up Carrot Souffle?
Well, despite our initial excitement, this side dish was a bit of a let down.
First off it was very sweet – too sweet for our tastes. It was also a little watery. Likely because it was prepared with water vs. chicken broth. In our view, this left us wishing for a bit more body and flavor complexity. There was a hint of cinnamon, but overall this dish tasted like sweetened shredded carrots – nothing more.
Yes, it was a time saver, but it’s not a dish we’ll be craving next time. Thankfully the other side dishes we prepared for our Test Thanksgiving dinner (Scalloped Potatoes with Quattro Formaggio, Corn Pudding, Cauliflower Gratin, Kettle Cooked Turkey Gravy, and Cornbread Stuffing Mix) made up for this minor miss.
Have you tried this side dish from Trader Joe’s? Let us know your opinions in the comments below!