Host Thanksgiving in Your RV with These 8 Tips

Hosting a Thanksgiving get-together can be overwhelming, especially when you’re hosting it in the compact space of an RV. However, that doesn’t mean you should skip the holiday when living life on the road.

Use these simple tips for throwing the perfect Thanksgiving celebration in the comfort of your RV this year.

1. Plan Ahead

Thanksgiving’s position after Halloween and before Christmas means the holiday seems to appear out of nowhere. Decide which dishes you’ll be making ahead of time, so you can start the process of gathering all of the supplies you’ll need.

2. Start Cooking Early

You don’t have to wait until Thanksgiving Day to start the cooking process. Prepare your sides the day before Thanksgiving, so you just have to pop them in the oven when your guests arrive.

3. Try Something New

Use traveling in your RV during the holiday as a chance to try something new. Consider deep-frying your turkey outside instead of roasting it indoors.

4. Find Decorations at the Campsite

Use sticks, leaves, pine cones and pine needles from around the campsite for festive and free table decorations.

5. Consider Buying Your Desserts

Shop at a local bakery for delectable Thanksgiving desserts that your friends will love just as much as the homemade versions.

6. Create Fun Placecards

Placecards are a fun part of every festivity, but you can make them even more enjoyable by printing out funny Facebook photos of your friends instead.

7. Label Your Dishes

Make your party welcoming for your friends with dietary restrictions by labeling your dishes with their name and what’s inside.

8. Don’t Forget the Kids’ Table

Creating a fun kids’ table will ensure your little guests stay occupied, so the adults can have more fun. Cover the kids’ table with craft paper and give them plenty of crayons to decorate it as they please.

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Make the Best Pumpkin Pie in Your RV

If you’re out on the road this Thanksgiving in your RV, that means that you can make an entire Thanksgiving meal in your RV’s kitchen. With just a bit of planning and preparation, cooking in your RV is no more difficult than cooking at home. When it comes time for dessert, try this pumpkin pie recipe. It’s the perfect end to the perfect Thanksgiving feast, no matter where you are!

You Will Need:

  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp. ground cloves
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 15-ounce can pure pumpkin
  • 1 12-ounce can evaporated milk
  • 1 10-inch deep dish pie crust

Homemade Whipped Cream

Whip 2 pints of heavy cream until the soft peak stage. Add 1 tsp. vanilla and whip until the cream is stiff. Fold in confectioner’s sugar to taste, starting with ½ cup.

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix the sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves in a small bowl. Beat the eggs in a large bowl. Stir in the pumpkin and the spice mixture until the mixture is well-mixed.

Add the evaporated milk a third of the can at a time, mixing well after each addition.

Place the pie shell on a cookie sheet lined with foil. Pour the mixture into the pie shell.

Bake the pumpkin pie at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake the pumpkin pie for 40 to 50 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool the pie on a wire rack for at least 2 hours.

If the crust is browning too fast, cover just the crust with aluminum foil. About 10 minutes before the pie is finished check the crust. If you want it darker, remove the foil.

Garnish the pie with whipped cream.

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Dutch Ovens Are an RVer’s Best Friend

When you’re loading up your RV for your next road trip, you may be tempted to pack all of your kitchen’s gadgets so that you’re not without your most prized cooking tools. The problem is, there’s probably not going to be enough room for all of them. You’ve got to keep it simple when you RV and no cooking tool is simpler than the humble dutch oven.

The dutch oven, if you’re unacquainted, is every RVer’s best friend. This heavy, flat-bottomed kettle comes with a lid, legs, and a handle. It doesn’t look like much, but having this one tool is like bringing your kitchen stove along for the ride. They excel when it comes to campfire cooking, something you’re likely to dabble in when you’re on the road.

If you’re sick and tired of frozen, processed, dehydrated, and vacuum-sealed foods, just get yourself a quality cast iron dutch oven and bring some life back to your meals on the road. The dutch oven has a long and storied history in the United States, used by such figures as explorers, pioneers, cowboys, trappers, and mountain men. You can make nearly any meal in a dutch oven that you could make in a regular oven.

The design of a dutch oven allows you to cook complete one pot meals over any open fire. The thick cast metal of a dutch oven absorbs heat, retains it, and distributes it evenly over the inside surface. They’re kind of heavy, which means that taking one on a backpacking trip would be quite difficult, but, as an RVer, you don’t have that problem. Before your next trip, do yourself a favor and acquire your own dutch oven. You’ll find it’s not just a welcome addition to your kitchen, but your best mealtime friend.

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The Best Ways to Bake in Your RV

The RV lifestyle requires travelers to make some changes, and a lot of those changes come in the kitchen. Cooking in an RV’s compact space and with limited appliances can seem impossible at first. Fortunately, a number of RV living experts have been baking in gas ovens for decades, and they have some helpful tips to offer.

Follow these simple pieces of advice to bake better treats and meals in your RV’s gas oven.

  • Always preheat the oven. It’s easy to skip the step of preheating your RV oven because you don’t want to waste propane; however, preheating is essential to cooking your meals and baked goods correctly. Not all RV ovens are equipped with signals to let you know they’ve preheated to the correct temperature, so you’ll have to use an oven thermometer.  Your oven thermometer will also come in handy for cooking, because your RV oven’s temperature gauge is probably not accurate.
  • Don’t forget to rotate your pan. When your dish is halfway through baking, rotate it to ensure a more even cook.
  • Use unglazed tiles to even out your RV oven’s heat distribution. Place an unglazed tile (or several) directly on your oven’s metal shelf to provide better distribution and allow your meals and baked items to cook evenly.
  • Don’t be afraid to move the wire rack. Move your wire rack up higher, so your meals aren’t cooking with such intense heat. This will help prevent the burning that often occurs in RV ovens. Whenever possible, don’t place your baked goods on the bottom shelf — they may not rise properly!

Prepare Meals in a Residential RV Kitchen

Cooking in your RV doesn’t have to be difficult, especially if you buy a top-quality new RV from Leisure Time. Our lot is stocked with a huge selection of motorhomes, travel trailers and fifth wheels that are equipped with full, residential kitchens to help you enjoy even better meals (and desserts) on the road.

Easy Breakfast Camping Recipes

When you’re living life on the road, every day is an adventure, and every big adventure deserves a hearty (and healthy) breakfast. Whether you have a spacious or small RV kitchen, these simple breakfast recipes are sure to start your day off right.

Camper’s Breakfast Skillet (Serves two)

What You’ll Need:

  • 5 eggs
  • 2 medium potatoes (chopped)
  • 1/3 pound ground sausage
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 small onion (chopped)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 2 teaspoons cooking oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Warm the cooking oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Fry the potatoes in the skillet until they’re golden brown.
  3. Add the onions and garlic to the skillet and fry them until the onions are soft.
  4. Fry the sausage in the same skillet and break up the sausage pieces as it cooks.
  5. Crack the eggs into the skillet and break up the yolks as you mix everything together in the pan.
  6. Fry the entire mixture in the skillet until the eggs are fully cooked.
  7. Sprinkle cheddar cheese over the mixture, then cover the skillet until the cheese is melted.
  8. Divide into two servings and enjoy.

Breakfast Burritos

What You’ll Need:

  • 6 10-inch flour tortillas
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 1 green bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1 yellow bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1 red bell pepper (chopped)
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 pound ground sausage
  • 1 12-ounce jar of salsa
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Cooking Instructions:

  • Warm cooking oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Fry the sausage until it’s golden brown and break it into small pieces as it cooks.
  • Add the onion and bell peppers into the skillet and fry them until they’re soft.
  • Break the eggs into the skillet and use a fork to beat the yolks as you stir them in. Cook eggs until they are firm.
  • Stir in the cheese and salsa, and cook until the cheese is melted.
  • Spoon into 10-inch tortillas, fold and serve.

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A Twist on the Classic S’more

If you love a classic s’more, give this slight twist on the classic recipe a try. You’ll especially love it if you like cookies ‘n cream flavor more than regular old chocolate.

Cookies ‘n Cream S’mores

Ingredients

  • Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Cream bars
  • Large marshmallows
  • Graham crackers

Directions

  • Simply pop your marshmallow on your roasting stick and roast over the fire, then add the cookies ‘n cream bars and graham crackers.
  • No fire? No problem! Just layer ½ graham cracker with Cookie’s ‘n’ Cream bars squares and 1 marshmallow.
  • Microwave for approximately 10 – 15 seconds.
  • Remove from microwave and add the top layer of graham cracker.

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Grilled French Toast Skewers

If you’re doing some campfire cooking as you travel in your RV, you’ve probably got a stable of tried and true recipes for any meal. But if you want to add some flair to breakfast, you need to try these french toast skewers. They’re on skewers that immediately remind you of roasting hotdogs or marshmallows and they’re easily customizable, letting you use the fruits and toppings that you like to use.

Grilled French Toast Skewers

Ingredients

  • 5 cups of 1″ crusty bread cubes, preferably stale and dry
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • skewers (either metal or bamboo that have been soaked in water)
  • Syrup, powdered sugar (icing sugar) or fruit to top skewers

Directions

  1. Preheat your grill or campfire grate to around 250 – 300 degrees.
  2. Brush grill with vegetable oil.
  3. Whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon in a medium bowl.
  4. Take about 1/4 of the bread cubes and place them in the egg mixture stirring to coat.
  5. Thread on the skewers and place aside. Continue until all skewers are made.
  6. Place skewers on prepared grill. Cook for 4-5 minutes per side or until golden brown.
  7. Serve with syrup and fruit or powdered sugar.

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Peach Month Recipe for Your RV

If you’re in the mood for a refreshing, healthy recipe, just pick up a crate of peaches the next time you’re at a store or market. August is Peach Month and this recipe is perfect to close out the summer.

Peaches & Cream Pie

Prep – 30 mins. | Cook – 40 mins. | Ready in – 3 hrs. 30 mins.

Ingredients

•    3/4 cup all-purpose flour
•    1/2 teaspoon salt
•    1 teaspoon baking powder
•    1 (3 ounce) package non-instant vanilla pudding mix
•    3 tablespoons butter, softened
•    1 egg
•    1/2 cup milk Milk
•    1 (29 ounce) can sliced peaches, drained and syrup reserved
•    1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
•    1/2 cup white sugar
•    1 tablespoon white sugar
•    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease sides and bottom of a 10 inch deep-dish pie pan.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, mix together flour, salt, baking powder and pudding mix. Mix in butter, egg and milk. Beat for 2 minutes. Pour mixture into pie pan. Arrange the peach slices on top of the pudding mixture.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Add 1/2 cup sugar and 3 tablespoons reserved peach syrup. Beat for 2 minutes. Spoon mixture over peaches to within 1 inch of pan edge. Mix together 1 tablespoon sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and sprinkle over top.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, until golden brown. Chill before serving.

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Recipe by Debbi Borsick

This Simple One Pot Recipe will Make Your RV Life Easier

When you’re traveling in your RV, you don’t want to have to deal with a pile of dishes at the end of the night, yet you still want to feed all your hungry travel  mates and make use of your RV’s galley. What to do? Keep it all in one pot, of course. This one pot beef stroganoff is just the thing to feed a hungry crowd and keep the cleanup afterwards to a minimum.

One Pot Beef Stroganoff

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¾ lbs steak, cut into thin slices
  • salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon + 3 tablespoons all purpose flour, divided
  • 1 cup cremini or white button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 3½ cups reduced sodium beef broth
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 6 ounces dried wide egg noodles
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • freshly chopped parsley, for garnish

Directions

  1. Season the steak with salt, pepper and 1 tablespoon flour. Heat olive oil in a large (12 inch) skillet over medium high heat. Add the steak strips and let them cook undisturbed for 4-5 minutes so a brown crust forms. Add the mushrooms, onions and garlic and sauté until the onions are soft, about 4 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl or plate and set aside.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium and melt butter using the same pan. Whisk in 3 tablespoons of flour and cook the roux for 1-2 minutes. Slowly pour in the beef broth a little at a time while whisking continuously until smooth and thickened. Add the red wine vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and thyme. Scoop out ⅓ cup of sauce and reserve to pour over the steak at the end.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil and then pour in the noodles. Stir to coat and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook for about 10-14 minutes, stirring occasionally, and if needed add in an extra ⅓ cup broth or more as needed.
  4. Once the noodles are al dente, add the cream cheese and sour cream and stir until smooth and combined. Season additionally with salt, black pepper and Worcestershire sauce as needed.
  5. Add the steak and onions back in the pan and drizzle reserved sauce over the steak. Cook until heated through, about 1-2 minutes. Serve hot in individual bowls and garnish with parsley and freshly black pepper if desired.

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Tips for Cooking in Your RV

Ideally, you want to use your RV’s kitchen when you’re out on the road traveling in it. After all, the ability to cook your own food like you would at home was probably one of the major draws of owning your motorhome or travel trailer in the first place.

But when it comes down to actually cooking, you may feel put-off by the idea. It’s admittedly more straightforward and simpler to just head to a restaurant every night and managing your RV’s fridge and pantry stock takes extra work. Not to worry: with just a few simple tips, you can be well on your way to maximizing your RV kitchen’s potential.

Plan Things Out

Planning what you’ll eat and when you’ll eat it helps you to actually follow through on prepping the ingredients you bought. When you plan your meals and buy the groceries, make a promise to yourself to get those meals made even if you’re tired after a long day.

Have Alternatives Handy

In the event that you’re absolutely done with everything and you’re bone-weary (hey, it’s going to happen sometimes if you just spent a lot of time outside), don’t resort to eating out. Have some cheap and easy non-perishable alternatives available at all times. We’re talking cans of soup, boxed macaroni, or some canned tuna. They’re not exciting meals, but they’ll still fill you up without forcing you to put forth lots of effort.

Keep Meals Simple

Regardless of whether or not you’re tired, it’s best to keep all meals simple, not just your alternatives. The simpler they are, the more likely you’ll feel up to making them. Simpler means fewer ingredients and steps, not less taste. Find meals that are heavy on flavor but light on prep. Don’t be afraid to use a slow cooker or to prep ingredients ahead of time (including freezing pre-cooked meats).

Cook Outside

Lastly, don’t forget that you’re in some of the prettiest places in the country. You’re RVing and that means that you’re probably at a campground in a National or State Park right this second. What better incentive to cook than to grill outside your rig in the fresh air and natural splendor of your surroundings? Mix some grill recipes into your meal plan and enjoy the evening outside.

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