Thanksgiving dinner without an oven
November 15, 2011 9:01 AM Subscribe
My roommate and I were planning to host Thanksgiving dinner for 12 people, but the gas has been turned off in our building and we don't know if it will be back on by next week and I have no stovetop or oven to use if it doesn't come back on. Help me figure out a plan B menu that I can cook with only a microwave, a toaster oven, and a 5 quart oval slow cooker.
posted by Neely O'Hara to Food & Drink (19 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My original plan was to make a bunch of sides and desserts, while my roommate took care of the turkey. If the gas doesn't come on, we will go to his girlfriend's house and cook the turkey there, but there isn't much room for reheating, so I want to find dishes that I can make ahead of time without the stove or oven, and can either be eaten cold or at room temperature, or heated up on the stove or in the microwave or toaster oven.
My original menu was:
-Carrot Ginger soup (I think I can make this in the slow cooker)
-Sausage and Cornbread stuffing (I already made the cornbread and have it in the freezer)
-Butternut Squash puree (I think I can roast the squash in the toaster oven, it will just take a long time to do it in batches)
I would love to find ways to make versions of what I already had in mind, but I haven't shopped for ingredients yet (I'm still hoping the gas will come back on this week), so I am happy to make different sides and desserts that are easier to make with these new limitations. Any suggestions on how to work with what I've got are more than welcome!