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Patti’s Saga of an RV Rookie: or How to be an RV Thanksgiving Hero with Zero Effort

November 19, 2010 by · 5 Comments 

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  Ladies, if you’re spending Thanksgiving in your RV and your beloved insists you wear a dress and waist digging panty hose and cook a gargantuan Thanksgiving dinner to celebrate your blessings, you can stop reading now. But for those of you married to men who are just grateful you’re alive, are happy you like to RV, don’t care what you wear and would be thrilled to eat anything remotely resembling a Thanksgiving dinner in an RV, read on.

Happy thanksgiving

First, picture yourself on Thanksgiving morning commandeering your RV kitchen with clothing that, while may not meet red carpet criteria, expresses your commitment to the blessings of comfort;  something along the lines of elastic meets fleece in a deluxe sweat suit set combo…also known as ‘ Bra-free dressing.’ Battered house slippers would work well with this ensemble; changing socks could even  be considered. It is, after all, a holiday.

Next, the food:  picture a ‘Julia Childs meets Norman Rockwell’ traditional Thanksgiving dinner demanding hours and hours of non-stop work in your tiny RV kitchen.  Ok…don’t picture that,  but you can picture a pretty darn good RV Thanksgiving dinner with a thrillingly small amount of work. Here’s how:

Best RV Turkey in the Universe

 Ingredients:

  • Crock pot
  • Thawed Butterball (or any brand) Boneless Turkey Breast Roast (it’ll probably be frozen rock solid, so let it sit around a couple of days till thawed. There are thawing directions on the bird.)
  • ½ cup water

 

Instructions:

  • (as written on the package) Place thawed roast , skin side up, flat in crock pot.
  • Add ½ cup water.
  • Put lid on crock pot. Duh.
  • Set crock pot on low for 7.5 hours, or up to 9 hours. Be sure you plugged it in. Hello.
  • Set crock pot in sink while it’s cooking. I guarantee no one will knock it over

 

This produces a terrific roast turkey breast. Now, if you want to really go all out, heat up some canned whole potatoes, throw butter on them, and let your stomach mash them up during dinner.  Open a bagged salad, buy a pie, and Bob’s your uncle!

There may be some who shudder,  picturing Thanksgiving in an RV. I’m not one of them. I am thankful beyond measure for the blessings and joys that accompany RV antics, and most of all, for the loved ones who share RV times with me. I wish for you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving, and may we all give thanks with a grateful heart for our blessings and for this great, free nation that we call home.

Patti's pictureSincerely, Patti

Comments

5 Responses to “Patti’s Saga of an RV Rookie: or How to be an RV Thanksgiving Hero with Zero Effort”
  1. Marilyn says:

    I’ve done turkey breast in the crockpot many times and it is always great. Only problem is the skin isn’t crispy but isn’t that what we aren’t supposed to eat? Instead of potatoes, I do up a box of Stove Top, which works just as well and is very traditional. Can of cranberry sauce and store bought pie, as hyou suggest. What more do you need?

  2. Bev says:

    I boil potatoes, add canned milk, and butter — mash, and voila! If we’re going to visit, I cook sweet potatoes, peel and mash them, add spices, brown sugar, etc. and put it in a zip lock bag. I make the pecan topping ahead, and put it together when I arrive. Easy and no fuss.

    We camped frequently when our children were younger, and I always brought things partially prepared or easy to fix, so I could have a good time too.

  3. butterbean carpenter says:

    Howdy Patti,
    HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU AND YOURS!!!! YOU ALWAYS TAKE THE WORK OUT OF EVERYTHING, GIRL!!!! HAVE YOU TRIED ‘ROASTING IN A CROCKPOT’?? OUR DAUGHTER
    ‘TAUGHT’ US THIS TRICK…. TAKE YOU ‘MEAT’(ANY KIND), SALT, PEPPER, GARLIC, HERBS TO
    TASTE… WRAP IT IN HEAVY ALUMINUM FOIL, SEALING ENDS, AND PLACE IT IN THE ‘DRY’ CROCKPOT!!!! EVEN TUFF PIECES WILL BE TENDER!!! WE DO CHICKEN, VENISON, PORK,
    POSSUM, RACCOON, RATTLESNAKE, ETC., ETC., ETC….(IT WOULD TOO WORK ON THEM)
    I have a tender mouth and it is painful to eat anything very firm!!! I can eat everthing cooked this way..

    You can do meat and vegetables together (in separate packs) or do ‘tuff’ meat and add it to recipes.

  4. Patti Faustini says:

    Hey Bev, Butterbean, and Marilyn, thanks for the great tips! I’m thinking last Thansgiving was the last year I wanted to sweat like a pig for days, present the perfect spread, and see it slide down my loved ones’ throats in about 3 minutes. Crock pot Thanksgiving Dinner rocks my world! Patti

  5. Patti Faustini says:

    Hey Butterbean, if I wrap the turkey breast in foil, does that change the crock pot time? And do you stick any vegies in the foil? And does the meat sort of turn out brown on top, or is that hoping for too much? Patti

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