How to cook Thanksgiving dinner in an RV

Posted: November 1, 2020 

Traditionally Thanksgiving is thought to be a day of family and friends bustling throughout the house with food, drink, and thanks filling the air… and mouths. But do not let that image fool you… Thanksgiving can be celebrated ANYWHERE that people gather! Motor Home News is here to give you a few tips on how to make your RV an amazing Thanksgiving hub for any of your nontraditional family or friends.

First, let’s address the turkey in the room (see what we did there?).

How the heck are you supposed to cook a whole turkey, mom’s mashed potatoes, dad’s special stuffing, Aunt Judy’s green beans, 3 different pies, and Cousin Karen’s personalized dessert (because she’s vegan now remember??) all in one little RV kitchen?! Well take a deep breath and don’t stress because we’ve got you covered!

Step 1: The Turkey

This one’s easy…just buy a smaller turkey. This will allow the whole bird to fit into your RV oven and it also cuts down on the cooking time and allows oven space for other items throughout the day. Another option is to buy just the breast of the turkey already off the bone instead of a whole turkey. This will give you the most bang for your buck as far as space and cooking time is in concerned! Our final suggestion, which would cost a little extra money and take up some space in your camper overtime, is to invest in an electric roasting pan. This would free up your oven all day long for other dishes while the bird cooks to perfection out of sight. Setting up shop on a picnic table outside the camper and plugging it up to the campsite power source or a portable generator is a great option to utilize the indoor/outdoor versatility of a motor home.

Step 2: The Sides

Plan and prep ahead! There are so many sides that can be assembled and cooked in the days leading up to Thanksgiving, stored in the fridge or cooler, and reheated just before meal time. Casseroles, potato salad, macaroni and cheese, cranberry sauce, and even mashed potatoes are all on that list! In our opinion any vegetables, stuffing, and gravy are best when made day of. Similar to the electric roasting pan, you can also get creative with your sides by utilizing the campsite grill or a crockpot to free up kitchen space. We have an awesome recipe for Grilled Sweet Potatoes back in our August Newsletter!

Step 3: Dessert

Again, plan and prep ahead. This tip is going to be a lifesaver when it comes to reducing the stress level in that travel sized kitchen of yours. Pies are a Thanksgiving staple and so easy to prep ahead. The best part is you can freeze them! Go ahead, serve your guests a pie you made last month, thawed overnight, and reheated just 10 minutes ago….we won’t tell anyone… (P.S. this holds true for most casseroles as well).

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