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43 No-Utensil Recipes for When You Just Wanna Eat With Your Hands

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Confession: I haven’t had a kitchen table since 2014. First, because I thought a couch was a better post-college investment. And later, because I only had room in my postage-stamp-sized apartment for that couch.

My roommate and I make it work—she loves cheese, cured meats, and crackers, and I’ve become a master plate balancer. But even after three years of practice, maneuvering knives, forks, and spoons can throw a wrench in our flow. It’s a challenge to balance a plate on your lap as you slice salmon or fork a fried egg. Meals sans utensils mean we can focus on what’s important: eating.

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Thankfully, there are so many meals made for grabbing. From pizza and tartines to hand pies and wraps, we’ve gathered more than 40 stable and satisfying recipes you can enjoy two- (or single!) handed.

Toast Toppers

Avocado, Feta, and Mint on Sourdough Toast
Avocado, Feta, and Mint on Sourdough Toast
Smoked Salmon on Mustard-Chive and Dill Butter Toasts

Smoked Salmon on Mustard-Chive and Dill Butter Toasts by Kukla

Roasted Tomatoes and Onions on Toast

Roasted Tomatoes and Onions on Toast by Kenzi Wilbur

Tahini Toast

Tahini Toast by fiveandspice

Ooey Gooey Toasted Cheese

Ooey Gooey Toasted Cheese by savorthis

ABC Kitchen’s Butternut Squash on Toast
ABC Kitchen’s Butternut Squash on Toast
Chimichurri Chickpeas
Chimichurri Chickpeas
Chickpea "Tuna" Salad

Chickpea "Tuna" Salad by Sarah Jampel

Crostini di Cavolo Nero

Crostini di Cavolo Nero by Emiko

Grilled Bread with Thyme Pesto and Preserved Lemon Cream

Grilled Bread with Thyme Pesto and Preserved Lemon Cream by fiveandspice

Eggplant Miso Tahini Toast

Eggplant Miso Tahini Toast by Kendra Vaculin

Satisfying Sandwiches

Gabrielle Hamilton's Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Gabrielle Hamilton's Grilled Cheese Sandwiches by Genius Recipes

My Best Tomato Sandwich

My Best Tomato Sandwich by Merrill Stubbs

Balsamic-Roasted Eggplant and Arugula Sandwiches

Balsamic-Roasted Eggplant and Arugula Sandwiches by Alexandra Stafford

Decadent Fried Egg Sandwich

Decadent Fried Egg Sandwich by HalfPint

Triples de Palta (Peruvian Avocado Sandwich)

Triples de Palta (Peruvian Avocado Sandwich) by Carlos C Olaechea

Spicy, Garlicky Broccoli Sandwich

Spicy, Garlicky Broccoli Sandwich by Sarah Jampel

Pulled Pork Sandwich with Vinegar Slaw
Pulled Pork Sandwich with Vinegar Slaw
Balsamic Chicken Sandwich with Peach Jam and Brandied Onions

Balsamic Chicken Sandwich with Peach Jam and Brandied Onions by we eat. happy.

Bacon and Egg Salad Sandwich with Dukkah and Peppery Greens

Bacon and Egg Salad Sandwich with Dukkah and Peppery Greens by AntoniaJames

Handy Vegetables

Grilled Corn with Basil Butter

Grilled Corn with Basil Butter by lisina

Black Bean Orange Peel Edamame

Black Bean Orange Peel Edamame by savorthis

Endive with Pecorino and Honey
Endive with Pecorino and Honey
Grilled Okra with Sriracha Lime Salt

Grilled Okra with Sriracha Lime Salt by Beth Kirby | {local milk}

Collard Wraps with Herbed Cashew Spread and Roast Peppers

Collard Wraps with Herbed Cashew Spread and Roast Peppers by Gena Hamshaw

Stuffed Pepperoncini

Stuffed Pepperoncini by Hallie Meyer

Giardiniera (Italian Pickled Vegetables)

Giardiniera (Italian Pickled Vegetables) by Emiko

Fill Your Flatbread

Trinidadian Doubles (Curried Chickpea Flatbread Sandwiches)

Trinidadian Doubles (Curried Chickpea Flatbread Sandwiches) by Beautiful, Memorable Food

Salmon and Snow Pea Roti Wraps

Salmon and Snow Pea Roti Wraps by AntoniaJames

Egg and Eggplant Sandwich
Egg and Eggplant Sandwich
Banh Mi Soft Tacos

Banh Mi Soft Tacos by Leith Devine

Vibrant Spring Socca

Vibrant Spring Socca by Shell

No-Gadget Falafel

No-Gadget Falafel by Izy Hossack

Skillet-Grilled Fish Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Crema

Skillet-Grilled Fish Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Crema by Alexandra Stafford

Frybread
Frybread

A Pie In the Hand

Cuban Beef Empanadas
Cuban Beef Empanadas
Flaky Baked Samosas

Flaky Baked Samosas by Kendra Vaculin

Tomato and Cream Cheese Turnovers

Tomato and Cream Cheese Turnovers by fiveandspice

Georgian Khachapuri Filled with Ramps, Green Onions, Herbs, and Cheese

Georgian Khachapuri Filled with Ramps, Green Onions, Herb... by Kukla

Collards and Cheese Pasties

Collards and Cheese Pasties by hardlikearmour

Three Summer Pizzas: Peach & Basil, Roasted Pepper & Tomato, Rapini & Sausage
Three Summer Pizzas: Peach & Basil, Roasted Pepper & Tomato, Rapini & Sausage
Pizza Pockets

Pizza Pockets by modest marce

Beer Pizza

Beer Pizza by gourmetpompey