Cooking Up a Thanksgiving Feast: RV Style!

Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude and feasting with loved ones. If you’re on the road in your RV, don’t worry! You can create a memorable Thanksgiving dinner in the comfort of your home on wheels. In this blog post, we'll take you through the steps to make a delicious and cozy Thanksgiving meal in your RV.


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1. Plan Ahead:

The key to a successful RV Thanksgiving is good planning. Start by creating a menu that suits your cooking setup, keeping in mind your RV's kitchen capabilities. It might be a bit smaller than your home kitchen, but with some creativity, you can make it work. Traditional dishes like turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and pie are all possible with a bit of planning.

2. Scale Down the Menu:

Consider scaling down your menu to simplify the cooking process. You don't need to prepare an elaborate feast. Focus on the dishes that matter most to you and your fellow travelers.

3. Choose RV-Friendly Recipes:

Look for recipes that are RV-friendly and don't require extensive preparation or cooking time. For instance, consider cooking a turkey breast instead of a whole bird to save space and time. Instant Pot or slow cooker recipes can be a lifesaver in an RV kitchen.

4. Gather the Right Equipment:

Make sure you have the necessary cooking equipment for your RV kitchen. This includes pots and pans, utensils, a cutting board, and any specialized cooking gadgets you'll need for your selected recipes. Don't forget to check the propane levels if you’re using a gas-lit stove.


Dinner with friends in motorhome

5. Grocery Shopping:

Plan your grocery shopping in advance, making a list of all the ingredients you'll need. Try to shop for non-perishable items well in advance to avoid last-minute stress. You can also purchase fresh produce and proteins closer to your RV campsite.

6. Prep Ahead of Time:

To save time on the big day, do as much prep work as possible in advance. Chop vegetables, season meat, and prepare any ingredients that can be stored in the fridge or cooler.

7. Cook in Stages:

Since your RV kitchen may not have multiple burners or ovens, be prepared to cook dishes in stages. Start with the items that take the longest and work your way down the list. Use your stovetop, oven, and potentially a grill or campfire for cooking.


Family gathered around campfire

8. Embrace the Outdoor Experience:

If the weather is on your side, consider taking some of the cooking outdoors. Grilling the turkey or side dishes can add a fun twist to your RV Thanksgiving.


9. Set the Table:

Even in an RV, you can create a cozy and festive atmosphere. Set the table with your favorite Thanksgiving decorations, use disposable plates and utensils to simplify cleanup, and light some candles to create a warm ambiance.

10. Enjoy and Give Thanks:

Once everything is ready, gather around the table, give thanks, and enjoy your RV Thanksgiving feast. Share stories, make memories, and savor the unique experience of celebrating on the road.

Thanksgiving in an RV may present some challenges, but with careful planning and a sense of adventure, you can create a memorable and delicious holiday meal. Embrace the simplicity, and be grateful for the opportunity to celebrate Thanksgiving in a unique way.

Happy Thanksgiving and See You on the Road!

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