Written by: Anna Sibal
11/05/2013 12:30 PM
Thanksgiving is a time for feasting. To be able to put up a Thanksgiving dinner worthy of the word "feast", more often than not we dust off our favorite family recipes and slave away for hours, if not days, in the kitchen so we'd have something grand to feed the family and friends who will share the day with us. A lot of the regular Thanksgiving dinner recipes we know require the use of a kitchen well-equipped with fancy cooking tools.
However, when you're celebrating Thanksgiving at a campground or RV park, it is, of course, necessary to keep things simple. Even if you have a Class A RV with a nice kitchen, what you can whip up for Thanksgiving dinner would be limited by the space you have to work in or the tools you have available.
But just because you're likely to be constrained with what you can prepare for Thanksgiving dinner while camping, it doesn't mean it's impossible for you to cook up the veritable feast that the occasion calls for. Simple does it, and we have eight simple Thanksgiving dinner recipes you can easily prepare on your RV stove or over the campfire.
Classic Turkey Stuffing
If you're going to have turkey for Thanksgiving, it has to have stuffing. Otherwise, you're going to end up serving a bland bird. The classic turkey stuffing doesn't require a lot of tools, though, so you shouldn't have problems making that on your RV stove or over your campfire.
Prep and cooking time: 45 minutesGood for a 12-14 lbs turkey
Thanksgiving Campfire Turkey
You don't have an oven in your RV but you have a good fire pit at your campsite? No worries, then - just have cheesecloth, aluminum foil and lots of coal and you can have roasted turkey for Thanksgiving.
Prep time: 30 minutesCook time: 3 hours (or one hour for every 4 lbs of turkey; adjust accordingly)Yields 8-10 servings
Spam Thanksgiving Dinner
So let's say you can't cook turkey at your campsite. Do you really have to have turkey for Thanksgiving? If you're not so particular with what you're going to feast on why not have Spam and other conveniently canned goodies cooked over the grill?
Prep and cooking time: 1 hourYields 3-4 servings
Blanched Greens Salad with Lemon and Honey Dressing
The turkey may be the star of your Thanksgiving show, but the side dishes give your feast more depth and character. And every feast must have a salad among the side dishes to balance it out and give it a nutritious punch. This blanched greens salad is just the thing for this purpose.
Prep and cooking time: 15 minutesYields 3-4 servings
Campfire Roasted Yams and Apples
It is common to find a dish of roasted yams and apples among the dishes served during Thanksgiving dinner. After all, yams and apples would be in season. This usually requires the use of an oven, but who says you can't have roasted yams and apples when you've got a good campfire?
Prep and cook time: 1 1/2 hoursYields 3-4 servings
Dutch Oven Apple Crisps
If you have a dutch oven, you can have sweet apples crisped with oats and smelling heavenly with cinnamon.
Campfire Pumpkin Pie
Many Thanksgiving dinner tables are not complete without pumpkin pie. If you want to have pumpkin pie while camping out for Thanksgiving, there's no reason why you can't. You just need a pie iron or dutch oven and you have to do your prep before you set out for your camping trip.
Prep time (at home): 2 hoursPrep time (at campsite): 30 minutesCook time: 15 minutes (if using pie iron); 25 minutes (if using dutch oven)Yields 8 servings
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Ingredients for the filling
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Campfire Orange Cinnamon Rolls
Cinnamon rolls can be a decadent treat. Now, cinnamon rolls baked over the campfire - that's something truly special. And we've all got to have special things to eat for a camping Thanksgiving dinner.
Prep and cooking time: 30 minutesYields 4 servings
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