Ultimate Recipe Guide For RVing Holiday Dinners
Some holiday traditions should be abandoned, like slaving away in the kitchen. What fun is it if everyone else is having a good time but you’re stuck with the cooking? If you don’t enjoy the hassle of making a big holiday dinner in your sticks and bricks home, it’s time to start the holiday season on the road with RVing holiday dinners.
RVing holiday dinners are easy
Do you live in an area with mild weather this time of year? Then pack up the RV and move your holiday season celebrations to a great RV campground. When you move the party to your favorite state or national park it`s like gaining an extra summer weekend at year’s end.
As a result, the best part is that RVing holiday dinners are less labor-intensive than a traditional sticks-and-bricks feast, but they are just as much fun to enjoy. Here’s how to prepare for your all-new custom.
Meal prep tips
Many traditional holiday meal components like dips, salads and pies can be prepped and even made ahead of your departure. What`s more, once you arrive, a barbecue grill, pressure cooker and cast iron skillet can replicate your favorite holiday meals at the campsite, without any fuss. Use them in the following ways:
- Toss the turkey and try Cornish game hens or turkey sausages. Most RV ovens are too small to cook turkeys, so consider grilling your main meat dish instead.
- Pre-cook time-intensive side dishes like squash and potatoes in the pressure cooker. Make them in shifts then pop them in the oven together.
- Cast iron skillets for sides can be placed on a stovetop or campfire. Cook old favorites like green beans or seared Brussels sprouts with garlic in this multipurpose pan that’s a must-have for RVers.
Great holiday recipes
Keep your favorite holiday meal recipes and retire the rest. For some added excitement turn to these innovative RVing holiday dinner recipes spotlighted by RVlife.com food writer and culinary maven, Marian Platt.
“Celebrating Diversity on Thanksgiving” shares an entire RVing holiday meal menu including:
- Clam Dip
- Apple, Pecan and Dried Cherry Salad
- Chilled Cranberry Maple Sauce
- Corn Pudding
- Grilled Cornish Game Hens
- Italian Turkey Sausages
“Stuffing or Dressing?” starts your holiday meal right with four stuffing recipes:
- Cranberry Stuffing Balls
- Southern Cornbread and Sausage Stuffing
- Traditional Bread Stuffing with Herbs
- Fruit and Vegetable Dressing with Nuts
“Holiday Sweet Potatoes” mixes up this old favorite. From candied and mashed to baked, here’s a collection of several ways to enjoy this must-have side dish, including:
- Baked Sweet Potato Sticks for Two
- Mashed Honey Roasted Sweet Potatoes
- Sweet Potatoes with Apples
- Sweet Potato Pie
“Give Thanks for Succotash” pays tribute to the corn and lima bean classic, with variations such as:
- Traditional Succotash
- Down Home Succotash with Bacon
- Succotash with Zucchini and Peppers
“Tis the Season for Pie” gives suggestions for pie fillings you can easily make in the RV. Just pour into a pre-made pie crust and enjoy any of these:
- Pear Cranberry Lattice Pie
- Pecan Pie
- Pumpkin Pie
- Sour Cream Raisin Pie
- Mince Pie
- Apple Pie
“Eggnog, a Holiday Tradition” puts everyone in the festive spirit with creatively cooked ways to enjoy this popular favorite, including:
- Bread Pudding
- Fruit Topping
- Eggnog Cake
Great RVing holiday meals don’t have to be restricted to the Fourth of July and Labor Day. Make the most of your year-round camping climate by adding Thanksgiving and the winter holidays to your annual RV celebrations.
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Rene Agredano and her husband, Jim Nelson, became full-time RVers in 2007 and have been touring the country ever since. In her blog, Rene chronicles the ins and outs of the full-timing life and brings readers along to meet the fascinating people and amazing places they visit on the road. Her road trip adventures are chronicled in her blog at LiveWorkDream.com.