Sunday, December 5th, 2021

coat them in cardamom-infused pistachios

You can’t really have Thanksgiving (or Friendsgiving) without food, but — here’s a pleasant surprise — you can have Thanksgiving without an oven. As luck would have it, the two aren’t mutually exclusive. Got a microwave? That’ll do the trick.

t’s not like we’re reinventing the wheel by suggesting a microwave menu. People who live in dorms lack microwaves. Some people live in tiny homes and refuse to sacrifice valuable square footage for a clunky stove. And, well, others simply prefer the more instant gratification a microwave brings to the table (get it?).

So, if you’re rolling without an oven this Thanksgiving, don’t feel obliged to overpay for a catered meal. Instead, check out the following microwave-friendly recipes we rounded up.

APPETIZER: DEVILED EGGS

If you already have boiled eggs in the fridge, you won’t even need your microwave for this super-simple, yet forever popular, app. Although there are many iterations of deviled eggs you can make (Sriracha, anyone?), the most classic version just requires a hard-cooked yolk, mayo, mustard and relish. Easy peasy. And if you don’t already have boiled eggs on hand, no worries — your microwave has your back.

APPETIZER: CARDAMOM GRAPES WRAPPED IN BLUE CHEESE

What do you get when you take grapes, roll them around in softened cheese, and coat them in cardamom-infused pistachios? An appetizer you don’t need a microwave to make, that’s what.

These bite-size morsels look impressive, taste delicious and don’t have to go in the oven. If you want your microwave to earn its keep, you can use it to soften the blue and cream cheeses the recipe calls for.

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ENTRÉE: TURKEY MEATLOAF

If a Thanksgiving turkey and your mom’s signature family dinner dish had a love child, it would be this hearty microwave turkey meatloaf from Key Ingredient. Yes, you can make meatloaf in the microwave. What a time to be alive, right?

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ENTRÉE: MICROWAVE JUMBALAYA

We can tell by the way you wield the microwave that you aren’t afraid to go against the grain. So, when we say you don’t even have to serve turkey on Thanksgiving, some may balk – but not you. You’d take a shot of Jameson and make this microwave jambalaya from Jam and Clotted Cream instead. And you’d be brilliant for doing so, because chorizo.

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SIDE DISH: SHREDDED BRUSSELS SPROUTS, APPLE & WALNUT SALAD

While your microwave is logging overtime, don’t forget you’ll need something light and healthy to complement that main dish. This recipe combines shredded Brussels sprouts, apples and walnuts for a salad packed with texture and flavor. Prep it and stick it in the fridge while your microwave does the rest of the heavy lifting.

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SIDE DISH: CREAMY MASHED POTATOES

When cheese is life (and when isn’t it?), you need at least one side smothered in the stuff. This recipe from Monique Kilgore at Divas Can Cook calls for straight up cream cheese mixed right into the mashed potatoes, and we’re not mad at it.

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