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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Try This Slow Cooker Recipe in Your RV

The best part of slow cooker meals in your RV is that you can have a delicious home cooked meal at the end of the day without all the work. Slow cookers allow you to enjoy your time out RVing. Want to go swimming, then hiking, then biking, and still have a hot meal for dinner? No problem.

Try this awesome recipe the next time you want the meal but you don’t want the fuss.

Crock-Pot Chicken Parmesan Pasta

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 (28-ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

Directions

  1. Season chicken with salt and pepper, to taste. Place chicken into a 6-qt slow cooker.
  2. In a large bowl, combine crushed tomatoes, onion, basil, oregano, parsley and red pepper flakes, if using. Stir into the slow cooker and gently toss to combine. Cover and cook on low heat for 4 hours.
  3. Remove chicken from the slow cooker and shred, using two forks.
  4. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions; drain well.
  5. Stir pasta and chicken into the slow cooker; top with cheeses. Cover and cook on low heat for an additional 10-20 minutes, or until the cheeses have melted.
  6. Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.

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Italian Stuffed Peppers

Try this recipe for Italian Stuffed Peppers the next time you’re out on the road this summer. They’re great for lunch or dinner and as the main course or a side. You can also modify them to your heart’s desire, changing out the meat, cheese, and seasoning to suit your taste.

Italian Stuffed Peppers

Ingredients

  • 5 bell peppers
  • 2 TBSPs olive oil
  • 16 oz Italian Seasoned Ground Turkey
  • 8 oz microwave beef seasoned rice, cooked according to package instructions
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 TBSP dried parsley
  • 1/2 TBSP dried basil
  • 1 1/2 cups pasta sauce
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, divided

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut the tops off of the peppers, removed the ribs and seeds, and then dice the tops of the peppers.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, add olive oil. Add the chopped bell peppers, and saute until soft, about five minutes.
  4. Add the Italian Seasoned Ground Turkey, and break up as you cook it. Season with garlic powder, onion powder, dried parsley, and dried basil. Cook until the meat is no longer pink. Remove the skillet from heat.
  5. Stir in the cooked rice, pasta sauce, and one cup of the mozzarella cheese. Divide the mixture between the five hollowed out bell peppers. Top with the remaining cheese. Bake uncovered for 25 minutes. Serve immediately.

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Try This Easy Macaroni Salad Recipe in Your RV

Macaroni salad is a great summertime dish whether you serve it as a side or as a main dish. It’s light, cool, and refreshing, which is perfect for a hot day, especially around lunchtime when the sun is at its hottest.

Try this refreshing recipe the next time you’re at the RV park and the weather is heating up. It doesn’t take long to make, so you can whip it up fast and get back to doing what you love.

Classic Macaroni Salad

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. dry elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup fat free or low fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp honey
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 steamed or hard boiled eggs, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1 cup matchstick carrots, roughly chopped
  • 3/4 cup diced celery
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1 Tbsp minced fresh parsley

Directions

  1. Cook macaroni in salted water according to directions on package. Drain and rinse with cold water until completely cool. Let drain very well.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl stir together mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, vinegar, mustard, honey, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Add well drained macaroni to a large mixing bowl along with eggs, bell pepper, carrots, celery and onion. Pour dressing over top, add in parsley and toss mixture to evenly coat. Serve or store in refrigerator up to 1 day.

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