Celebrating Thanksgiving RV Style

The Thanksgiving Live team of Chefs! (Photo credit: The Food Network)

This weekend, as I was watching The Food Network’s Thanksgiving Live program, I just kept thinking about ways to adapt all those yummy recipes to better suit those of us who just might be celebrating in our campers and travel trailers. I had a couple of “ah ha!” moments, so I thought I’d share.

Photo Credit: The Food Network

For example, Giada De Laurentiis suggested cutting up the turkey before cooking it. It’s funny how often we ignore the obvious. If you look up turkey recipes online, you’ll see beautifully roasted whole turkeys. But for those of us with small RV ovens, or no oven at all, cutting the turkey into pieces before cooking is a useful tip. By cutting the turkey into pieces, we suddenly have lots of new options. We can cook it in the oven (and by cutting it into pieces, it’ll get done quicker). Or, we can explore some outdoor cooking options such as roasting the turkey in a Dutch oven, or by breaking out the deep fryer.

While I’m a fan of the traditional Thanksgiving meal, when I’m in my Airstream, I also want life to be a little easier. This year, I may be prowling through the “easy” recipes section for new ideas.

Photo Credit: The Food Network

The other thing that caught my eye during the Live Thanksgiving broadcast was the Twitter feed along the bottom of the screen. One person tweeted that they were looking for a salad idea that would shock their family. Now, what may be shocking to one family can be positively blasé to another, but I found a recipe involving Brussels sprouts to be a novelty. From my East Texas perspective, this one’s “out there.” It’s a Fried Brussels Sprout Salad, and I’m intrigued. It’s easy enough for the RV, but has enough flavors involved to give it that gourmet twist. Maybe it’s the “fried” part that makes it feel right!

Now that I’ve made myself hungry, I think I’ll go prowl around in the fridge and make a new grocery list!

Are you spending your Thanksgiving in one of our amazing National or State parks this year? What are your favorite recipes for the RV? Feel free to share!

~ G. Elaine Acker

 

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