How to Eat Dinner Without Using Utensils: 11 Finger-Lickin’ Recipes

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"Finger-licking good" implies a sort of abandon that only comes when you're really into your grub. Holding food in your hands gives you an added layer of satisfaction, a closeness to whatever you're eating, that you simply don't get when you're using a fork and knife. From lobster corn dogs to classic pulled pork sandwiches, we've collected recipes that make utensils superfluous.

"Finger-licking good" implies a sort of abandon that only comes when you're really into your grub. Holding food in your hands gives you an added layer of satisfaction, a closeness to whatever you're eating, that you simply don't get when you're using a fork and knife. From lobster corn dogs to classic pulled pork sandwiches, we've collected recipes that make utensils superfluous.

Turn Lobster Into a Kid-Friendly Feast

lobster corn dogs

Something magical happens when you take a food that's usually reserved for fancy meals and bring it down to earth by dipping it in batter. What could we possibly be talking about? Why, lobster corn dogs, of course. Casual. A crispy, golden outside is the perfect match for a delicate lobster middle.

Credit: Jennifer Farley

Something magical happens when you take a food that's usually reserved for fancy meals and bring it down to earth by dipping it in batter. What could we possibly be talking about? Why, lobster corn dogs, of course. Casual. A crispy, golden outside is the perfect match for a delicate lobster middle.

Up Your Sandwich Game With Pulled Pork

pulled pork sandwiches

Sandwiches are a classic finger food, but as any lunch-sack-touting kid can attest, they can quickly get boring if you don't mix it up. Bring your game up to a whole new level by perfecting a delicious pulled pork recipe. It's a good one to keep in your repertoire — this impresses guests and little ones every time.

Credit: Jackie Dodd

Sandwiches are a classic finger food, but as any lunch-sack-touting kid can attest, they can quickly get boring if you don't mix it up. Bring your game up to a whole new level by perfecting a delicious pulled pork recipe. It's a good one to keep in your repertoire — this impresses guests and little ones every time.

Satisfy the Sriracha-Lover and the Wings-Lover at Once

garlic sriracha chicken wings

We all know someone who loves hot sauce someone else who adores wings. You can satisfy them both by making these tasty garlic sriracha chicken wings. After all, chicken wings are kind of the epitome of finger-licking-good food, and they work well for any low-key occasion — football season or otherwise.

Credit: Jennifer Farley

We all know someone who loves hot sauce someone else who adores wings. You can satisfy them both by making these tasty garlic sriracha chicken wings. After all, chicken wings are kind of the epitome of finger-licking-good food, and they work well for any low-key occasion — football season or otherwise.

Shatter Your Misconceptions About Shellfish

crab legs

Crab often falls victim to the misconception that it's incredibly difficult to cook, which leads to fewer people enjoying this finger-food goodness. That's a bummer, because crab is actually quite simple to make at home. Learn how to cook crab legs once and for all: it's a 15-minute recipe that'll have you hand-dipping seafood in melted butter before you know it.

Credit: Ashley Manila

Crab often falls victim to the misconception that it's incredibly difficult to cook, which leads to fewer people enjoying this finger-food goodness. That's a bummer, because crab is actually quite simple to make at home. Learn how to cook crab legs once and for all: it's a 15-minute recipe that'll have you hand-dipping seafood in melted butter before you know it.

There's Never a Bad Time for Turkey Burgers

turkey burgers

Craving a burger, but don't want to fire up the grill? No problem: make turkey burgers instead. Here's an easy way to whip up juicy turkey burgers in the oven when it's either too cold or too much of a hassle to go outside. This is a healthier, but just as tasty, alternative to chargrilled hamburgers.

Credit: Leigh Ann Chatagnier

Craving a burger, but don't want to fire up the grill? No problem: make turkey burgers instead. Here's an easy way to whip up juicy turkey burgers in the oven when it's either too cold or too much of a hassle to go outside. This is a healthier, but just as tasty, alternative to chargrilled hamburgers.

Give Your Wings a Honey-Stout Glaze

honey stout wings

As previously mentioned, wings are the epitome of finger food. So alongside your new garlic sriracha wings recipe, you'll need this honey-stout chicken wings recipe for a big feast. A side of carrots and celery, and you're all set for a finger-licking wings night.

Credit: Jackie Dodd

As previously mentioned, wings are the epitome of finger food. So alongside your new garlic sriracha wings recipe, you'll need this honey-stout chicken wings recipe for a big feast. A side of carrots and celery, and you're all set for a finger-licking wings night.

Relish the Lack of Utensils by Devouring Apple Butter Barbecue Sauce

baby back ribs

...To be clear, the apple butter barbecue sauce goes on the most decadent and tender baby back ribs you've ever had. But let's just take a moment to appreciate how happy you're going to be that you aren't using utensils when that perfect sauce covers your fingers. Here's how to make the apple butter on those baby back ribs. Yes please.

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...To be clear, the apple butter barbecue sauce goes on the most decadent and tender baby back ribs you've ever had. But let's just take a moment to appreciate how happy you're going to be that you aren't using utensils when that perfect sauce covers your fingers. Here's how to make the apple butter on those baby back ribs. Yes please.

Go Ahead and Eat Breakfast for Dinner

breakfast pizzas

We wouldn't forget about everyone's other favorite finger food: pizza. But why not get a little creative with dinner and make a pie that works in the morning, too? Here are a few different ways to make breakfast pizzas so that you can enjoy the best meal of the day finger-food style.

Credit: Thalia Ho

We wouldn't forget about everyone's other favorite finger food: pizza. But why not get a little creative with dinner and make a pie that works in the morning, too? Here are a few different ways to make breakfast pizzas so that you can enjoy the best meal of the day finger-food style.

Put Your Porter to Good Use

smokey porter molasses chicken skewers

The secret ingredient to deliciously moist chicken skewers is a sneaky little meat tenderizer: smokey porter. Use it to make smokey porter molasses chicken skewers, of course. While, technically, you could call the skewer itself a utensil, we threw this tasty recipe into the list because it can still be eaten with your hands (you know you always pull the meat off the skewer and use your fingers, anyway).

Credit: Jackie Dodd

The secret ingredient to deliciously moist chicken skewers is a sneaky little meat tenderizer: smokey porter. Use it to make smokey porter molasses chicken skewers, of course. While, technically, you could call the skewer itself a utensil, we threw this tasty recipe into the list because it can still be eaten with your hands (you know you always pull the meat off the skewer and use your fingers, anyway).

Feast on Bite-Size Appetizers

fig and prosciutto crostini

If you're going to make a meal out of appetizers, it's gotta be all about fig and prosciutto crostini. Sounds like a challenge, but this is the kind of appetizer that you can eat and eat until you're full from so many flavor-packed bites.

Credit: Ashley Manila

If you're going to make a meal out of appetizers, it's gotta be all about fig and prosciutto crostini. Sounds like a challenge, but this is the kind of appetizer that you can eat and eat until you're full from so many flavor-packed bites.

Fall Back on Good Ol' Quesadillas

quesadilla

At the end of the day, a good cheesy corn tortilla quesadilla satisfies your cravings for food that you can pick up and eat with your hands. Make this classic when you're on the go — it's the kind of utensil-free food that doesn't need all the fixings to be beloved.

Credit: Julia Mueller

At the end of the day, a good cheesy corn tortilla quesadilla satisfies your cravings for food that you can pick up and eat with your hands. Make this classic when you're on the go — it's the kind of utensil-free food that doesn't need all the fixings to be beloved.

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