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Six Dorm-Friendly Thanksgiving Recipes | Hey BU Blog

If you’re planning on hosting a Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving dinner in your dorm this year, you may find yourself scrambling to prepare the traditional recipes you know and love with limited kitchen space. Regardless of your culinary skills, putting together a feast for your friends can be challenging when your only means of cooking is a microwave. To combat this, we’ve compiled six simple, dorm-friendly Thanksgiving recipes that your guests will be sure to gobble up. Enjoy!

Microwave Mashed Potatoes

The ultimate comfort food. For those working without a full kitchen, ditch the boxed stuff with this microwave mashed potatoes recipe.


  • 2 pounds (453 grams) russet potatoes, ½ pound each, rinsed and dried
  • 1½ cups (354 ml) heavy cream, warmed in the microwave for 1 minute
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste

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stuffing spiced with rosemary


Sometimes cooked inside of a Thanksgiving turkey, this classic is known for its variation in taste and appearance. Whether you typically make your stuffing with sausage, dried fruits, vegetables, or even oysters, this simple stuffing is sure to win over the crowd.


  • 8 cups breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup minced onion
  • 1 cup minced celery
  • 1⁄3 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 dash pepper

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sweet potato casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole

There’s age-old debate: “Is it a dessert or a side?” When it comes to sweet potato casserole, there are no right or wrong answers. Whether you prefer your casserole with or without the classic marshmallow topping, this recipe is sure to make a splash at any celebration.


  • 5 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced ​​1/3 inch thick
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil, plus more for greasing
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • zest of one orange
  • ¼ cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 pinch jump
  • 4 cups marshmallows

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mac and cheese

Microwave Mac and Cheese

You can never go wrong showing up to a celebration with a dish of homemade mac and cheese in tow. Use this simple recipe for an elevated take on microwave mac and cheese.


  • ½ cup elbow macaroni
  • ½ cup water
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • jump to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • fresh chive, to garnish, optional

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turkey cutlets

Turkey Cutlets

The turkey: the piece de resistance of a Thanksgiving feast. Many families spend entire days cooking away to perfect this signature dish, but attempting to roast a whole turkey in a dorm kitchen may be a little ambitious. To avoid the headache, mess, and time commitment, try this recipe for turkey cutlets instead.


  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon seasoned salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 1 package (17.6 ounces) turkey breast cutlets
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups chicken broth

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For those working with a microwave, try this turkey cutlet recipe:

  • Turkish breast
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 1 envelope Italian dry seasoning salad mix

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pumpkin pie

pumpkin pie

To top off your Thanksgiving meal, check out this five-minute no-bake take on a pumpkin pie. Or you can always opt to pick up a premade pie from the Star Market near campus—no one’s judging.


  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1½ cups Cool Whip
  • graham cracker crumb pie crust
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2, 3.4 oz pkgs. instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 15 oz. can pumpkin
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

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Thanks for reading, Terriers. Let us know what recipes you tried down below, and feel free to share any recipes of your own.

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