Love your RV or motorhome? Love thanksgiving? Planning an RV/motorhome road trip the week of thanksgiving is actually a fantastic way to spend the holiday! Traveling in your class B motorhome is a wonderful way to enjoy your family and the beauty of nature in the fall. If your concern about spending turkey day on the road is the turkey, no need to worry! Don’t let the tiny oven and tiny tables scare you off. This posting contains some ideas and tips to pull off the ultimate holiday feast from your motorhome. I mean after all, if the pilgrims could do it, you can too!
Enjoy the beauty of your surroundings:
Who needs fancy centerpieces and gold leaf table clothes when the natural beauty of fall is all around you? Spending thanksgiving in an RV or motorhome is an indoor/outdoor experience. Bundling up and putting simple tablecloths on picnic tables is all part of the ambiance. Placing small pumpkins and citronella candles atop your table is a nice decorative touch.
Tips for the Turkey:
Start with a frozen turkey and partially thaw your bird. An easy way to do this is by placing the turkey in cold water for several hours and then allowing it to thaw overnight in a fridge.
Early thanksgiving morning, wash and salt the cavity of the bird. Take the giblets and sauté them in ½ cup butter and white onion. It is suggested to use an aluminum steam table pan (12 * 10 * 2.5). Using two pans underneath the bird and one inverted on top seems to work well.
In order to regulate your motorhomes stoves heat place an old griddle or oven stone inside your oven. After stuffing your bird, wrap it up tightly in foil. Bake for 5 hours all together. Three hours into baking remove your turkey and collect all of the turkey juices for gravy. Keep your turkey in the foil until it is ready to be carved in order to keep it moist and warm.
If using your motorhome’s oven feels too confined or you need to prepare a larger turkey, consider grilling it on an outdoor barbeque!
Being able to cook other dishes such as sides and desserts without using the oven will help you have more space for additional thanksgiving staples and be a fun alternative to tradition. Bellow are a few recipes that can be easily prepared and delicious for your holiday gathering.
Dutch Oven Cherry Clafouti
- 12 oz. fresh or frozen cherries
- 2 large eggs
- ¼ cup sugar
- ½ cup whole milk
- 1tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup all purpose flour
- Butter for the Dutch oven
- Prepare charcoal for cooking outdoors by heating coals until hot and ashy.
- Butter the bottom and sides of a 5 quart Dutch oven dish.
- Spread cherries evenly over the bottom of the Dutch oven.
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together eggs and sugar until frothy and light in color. Add milk, vanilla, flour and whisk to combine. Pour the batter over the cherries
- Cover the lid of the Dutch oven and cook in surrounding coals for 25 minutes. Remove the lid after 20 and when the batter is golden brown it should be ready. Allow 30 minutes to cool.
- 4 medium red potatos
- 1 medium onion cubed
- 1 medium sweet red pepper, cubed
- ½ teaspoon seasoning salt
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon dried basil, dill weed and parsley flakes
- 1/4th cup butter cubed
- Combine vegetables and seasonings; divide among four pieces of heavy-duty foil, about 12inches. Dot with butter, fold foil around vegetables and seal tightly.
- Grill, covered, over medium heat for 15 minutes on each side. Open foil carefully to allow steam to escape.
There you have it! Now you’re ready to spend your Thanksgiving holiday and weekend in your motorhome or RV. Looking for a new or used campervan, conversion van or mobility van? Classic Vans is America’s number one custom van dealer. Visit their inventory at www.classicvans.com or call (866) 370-8222. Ask about low-cost nationwide van delivery.