Thanksgiving à la College

Having the opportunity to attend college is definitely something to be thankful for. So why not celebrate with a potluck feast within the comfort of your own dorm! All you need is a microwave, some friends, and a little creativity. Keep reading for some helpful hints and ideas.


Cooking a full turkey in the oven is not only difficult, but time-consuming and many dorms don’t have ovens. Instead, try picking up a pre-cooked chicken from a local super market. It’s cheaper, faster, and just as delicious.

In the Microwave:

Believe it or not, you can make both stuffing and mashed potatoes right in the microwave! Boxed mashed potatoes and pre-made stuffing often come with microwave instructions on the back but if you’re feeling adventurous, try out this recipe from that uses real potatoes.

Gravy and other sauces can also be warmed up right in your dorm-room microwave. Follow the instructions on the jar and then serve in bowls or Tupperware so they are easy to access.


In my opinion, canned cranberry sauce has always tasted just as good as homemade…so get out your can-opener and serve this Thanksgiving staple in a plastic dish or bowl (to avoid any mess).

Supermarkets often have pre-made cornbread – especially around the holidays. Cut it into slices and serve with a side of butter.

A jug of apple cider is sure to be a crowd-pleaser at your Thanksgiving dinner. Have all your friends bring their own cups to drink out of!

Don’t have a means of transportation to the supermarket? Get creative! Enlist all your floor-mates and serve up all the food you have. It’s also a great way to clean out your fridge before break. Share any other tips or ideas you have with us…we will definitely be THANKful!


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