This sweet-salty party mix is a testament to the microwave’s versatility. Cook bacon to a crisp, stovetop-like finish? No problem. Dry fresh rosemary without a dehydrator? Easy-peasy. Next, honey-roasted peanuts and pretzels are tossed with olive oil, honey, smoked paprika and crushed red pepper, then—you guessed it—microwaved until almost crunchy.
Elegant entertaining from the microwave? Yup. It transforms shredded white cheddar into these lacy all-cheese crackers—no flour necessary. You will eat several without pausing but, eventually, stop to scoop up some of the juicy tomato salsa
Dark Chocolate Fudge with Candied Ginger and Pistachios
Melting chocolate in the microwave makes the process really easy and quick—no double boiler, no water bath necessary. To prepare this festive fudge, just stir a few flavorings into the melted-chocolate base. We add pistachios, dried cherries and candied ginger but white chocolate chips, dried apricots or chopped walnuts would give it the proper crunch and sweet-tangy notes, too.
Borrowing a technique from pastry chef Jennifer Yee, these chewy, fruity, jewel-toned mochi are prepared in the microwave with a mix of pomegranate juice and lime juice. We used a 3/4-inch round cutter to make them gumdrop size, but you can also cut the candies into squares (sharpen your knife!) or use another small cookie cutter.