How to Make a Special Thanksgiving Dinner in Your RV

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Who would have thought Thanksgiving dinner and an RV kitchen could go hand-in-hand? It’s not as difficult to overcome as you might think. If you are feeling brave enough to cook Thanksgiving dinner in your RV, here are some great cooking options despite the standard small-size oven in most RVs.

Get a smaller size turkey. There is no Thanksgiving rule that says you need a large 25 pound bird. Get a smaller one that will fit in your RV’s oven. You can also go healthy and purchase an organic turkey. Since they have not been injected or plumped, they are usually smaller in size.

Buy a turkey breast. If you are not a huge fan of dark meat, you can always buy a turkey breast and cook it. Or if you really love the turkey legs you can get a package of those as well.

Cook half of the turkey. Cutting the turkey in half and cooking it in your small oven is an option. You can store the other half in the fridge or freezer and save it for another dinner.

Grill or smoke your turkey. Putting the turkey on the grill opens up a whole world of possibilities for cooking side dishes. You might need to do a little research, but grilling or smoking the turkey will allow you to make the most of the resources you have on hand. While you are grilling your turkey you can also throw some sweet potatoes and veggies on the grill. Grilled zucchini and squash marinated in balsamic vinegar with a pinch of tarragon and a dash of sea salt would make a tasty side. You can also wrap your bread rolls in tin foil and heat them on the grill for a few minutes. This will free up your oven for pies and other desserts.

Order a cooked turkey. Most grocery stores and some restaurants let you pre order turkeys and even a complete Thanksgiving dinner. Pick up your turkey the day before or morning of. This will leave you with the delight of no cooking, no mess, and no hassle.

Cook ahead of time. You can cook some dishes ahead of time and store them in the fridge or freezer. If you cook day or so ahead, use a cooler to store your prepared side dishes. This way you can heat and serve with ease.

Put your electric skillet and crock pot to good use. There are some delicious Thanksgiving crockpot recipes that will free up one of your stove burners. An electric skillet would work as well.

Purchase your desserts. If you enjoy baking, this may not be an option for you. But if you don’t mind a bit of help, buy some of your desserts. You will spend less time in the kitchen and have less of a mess to clean up.

Pot Luck-Style

Even though you are technically not cooking everything, this option is still a lot of fun. All guests can pitch in and bring a delicious food item. You can enjoy trying different recipes and there will most likely be less clean up at the end of the day.

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