3 Camping Dishes for St. Patrick’s Day

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May your pockets be heavy, your heart be light, and your stomach be full on this St. Patrick’s Day! While the traditional Irish dishes are delicious and a must-have on this holiday, it’s hard to fully celebrate when your resources are limited by traveling in an RV. You probably have the green shirt and decorated RV down, but how can you have an entire Irish feast when you’re camping out?

Luckily, we have 3 RV-friendly Irish recipes that are perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.

The Irish Stew

Irish stew, made with lamb, stout, potatoes, carrots and herbs.

With a dish that has meat, vegetables and warm, delicious broth, you can’t go wrong with this satisfying and easy meal. Camping Roadtrip says all you need is:

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4 large onions
  • 5 large carrots
  • 1 1/2 pound steak
  • 6 large potatoes
  • 1 cup water
  • salt and pepper

First you heat the oil in a large skillet. Cut the onions in wedges and saute them. Cut the carrots in thick slices and cook for a few minutes. Then you cut the steak into 1/4 inch cubes and add it to the vegetables. Wash, peel and slice the potatoes and throw them with the meat and vegetables. Pour in the water and sprinkle salt and pepper and wait for the stew to boil. Simmer the stew over low heat until everything is tender,

Irish Campfire Potatoes

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This dish, thanks to Daily Leisure, is the ultimate go-to for St. Patrick’s Day. This mean can be cooked on a grill, over a fire, or in an oven if your rig has one. All you need is:

  • 1 1/2 lb of red potatoes
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp Worcester Sauce
  • 1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • salt and pepper

The first thing you do is slice the potatoes and onion up into 1/4 slices. Place the slices on aluminum foil large enough to fold over and roll the edges up. Make sure you top the potatoes and onion generously with butter, garlic, cayenne and Worcester sauce. Fold the foil and leave on the grill or over the campfire for 30 minutes. If using an oven, cook the potatoes at 350 for 40 minutes.

Corned Beef Hash

Southern breakfast of corned beef hash and sunny side up eggs

This meal is a traditional Irish dish and luckily can be easily made in an RV. According to Valerie’s Kitchen, all you need is:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 3 gold or red potatoes
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 1/2 c cooked and chopped corned beef
  • 4 eggs, fried or poached
  • 1 tbsp of fresh parsley
  • salt and pepper

First, you heat the olive oil on medium in a large skillet. Dice the onion and bell pepper and add to skillet for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic for another minute. Throw in the potatoes and start seasoning with thyme, salt and pepper. Let the mixture cook for another 5 minutes. Finally, add the corned beef and heat until it has warmed up. Flatten the hash with a spatula and serve an egg over each portion.

Don’t allow travelling in your RV to take away your Luck O’ the Irish! If you’re looking for an RV with an oven to let you go all out for holidays, visit Reines RV Center in Manassas or Ashland, VA. We also have a fully-stocked parts and accessories store where you can purchase all your RV and camping essentials.

Thanksgiving Recipes to Make Around the Campfire

Dutch oven over a campfireIf you’re like us, you start looking forward to Thanksgiving dinner weeks in advance. While some of you may be traveling to your parents’ house, in-laws, or hosting Thanksgiving in your home, many people will be spending their Thanksgiving holiday at a campground. Many campgrounds host Thanksgiving meals or potlucks for campers, but it’s always good to have your own food to feast on. Cooking a gourmet Thanksgiving meal in your RV may seem like a challenge, but these recipes from www.campingroadtrip.com are easy and delicious! Continue reading

April Fool’s Day Recipe – Bucket of Mud

April Fool’s Day is all about trickery. This easy and delicious dessert is just as fun to make as it is to eat!

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Recipe provided by AllRecipes.com.

Bucket of Mud

Ingredients

  • 1 18-ounce package of Oreo cookies
  • 3.5 cups milk (skim, low-fat, or whole all work)
  • 2 3.5-ounce packages of instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1.5 8-ounce packages cream cheese – softened to room temp
  • 1/4 cup margarine or butter – softened to room temp
  • 1 8-ounce container of your favorite frozen-whipped topping (Like Cool Whip) – thawed
  • CLEAN and empty buckets
  • 1 package of candy bugs (such as gummy worms)

Directions

  • Using a blender or Vitamix, pulse the cookies until finely ground. Set aside in a separate bowl.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine the milk and vanilla pudding mix, whisking until no lumps remain.
  • Using an electric or hand-held mixer, beat the cream cheese and margarine (or butter) together until smooth. Stir in the pudding mixture until just combined.
  • Using a rubber spatula, fold in the cookie crumbs and whipped topping until blended.
  • Spoon the entire mixture into a bucket, cover, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  • Decorate the bucket with your favorite gummy worms or candy bugs!

Easter Finger Foods

When you’re on the road, you always need to have finger foods available – they are easy to munch on while you are driving and they also keep the kids busy so you can have some peace and quiet for a bit. You can make these finger foods ahead of time – and just in time for Easter.

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White Chocolate Gorp

  • 1 pound white chocolate
  • 4 cups Rice Chex
  • 3 cups oatmeal squares
  • 3 cups Cheerios
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1 cup peanuts
  • 2 cups plain pastel-colored M&Ms
  • 1 cup raisins

Mix all ingredients except the chocolate in a very large mixing bowl.

Spread parchment paper or wax paper on the counter – you will pour the gorp onto the paper to allow it to cool.

Melt the chocolate in the microwave. Stir it every 30 seconds. When it’s completely melted, pour it over the snack mix. Toss it until the mix is evenly coated. Pour the mixture onto the wax paper to cool. Once it’s cool, store it in an airtight container.

Jelly Bean Easter Bark

  • 2 cups white chocolate morsels
  • 2 tsp. vegetable shortening
  • ½ cup jelly beans

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or wax paper. Melt the white chocolate and vegetable shortening on 70 percent power in the microwave for one minute. Stir it.

Some of the chocolate might retain its original shape, however if too much of it didn’t melt, put it back in for 10 second intervals, stirring after each interval until it is mostly melted.

Add half of the jelly beans.

Spread the mixture on the baking sheet – it should be about a quarter inch thick. Sprinkle the rest of the jelly beans on top of the mixture. Refrigerate until it’s firm – about 15 minutes. Break the bark into pieces. Store it in an airtight container. You can keep it at room temperature, making this one of the perfect finger foods for traveling in your Reines RV.

As always, before you head out on your trip, make sure your RV has been properly maintained and checked. If you are not comfortable with doing the maintenance or checking your RV, stop by Reines RV to have our experienced technicians check it before you leave.

Four RV Cooking Accessories You Need

Looking to improve your meals on the road? Here are four accessories that no cooking enthusiast should be without on their next Virginia RV trip:

1. A Good Coffee Maker

Whether you like to have whole pots at a time or you want a single cup coffee maker, a good coffee maker will help you get through those long drives through the night. You want to stay alert and awake while driving, and coffee, for many of us, is just the thing to help us get where we’re going.

2. Ranges and Cooktops

It’s fun to have a cookout when you want a burger, but it’s not always convenient. You’ll want to keep a good range or cooktop in your RV so that you can boil that pot of tea or fry that veggie burger whenever you like, no stopping and looking for a campground where you can cook outdoors.

3. Ice Maker

Having an ice maker built into your fridge can be tremendously convenient. Look for an ice maker that fits in your kitchen and you’ll be able to grab a cold drink at any time of the day when riding down those hot black highways. Ice really is like gold to an RVer in the summer time, so make sure that you go prepared, especially if you’re planning on a southern journey this year.

4. A Rice Cooker

A rice cooker may not be the most common thing to find in an RV, but once you try one out for a little while, you’ll never go back.

Finding the right accessories and appliances for your kitchen really is quite important if you want to have a good time on the open road. There’s no point in sacrificing great food just because you’ve decided to travel for a living.

RV Recipe -Chile Con (or Sans) Carne

RV cooking is a great way to get good nutrition and save money while on the road. The nice thing is that while smaller than your kitchen at home, most RV’s have most of the same amenities as your kitchen at home, so just about any recipe can be adapted for cooking in your RV.

Here’s a great recipe for a quick easy chili that can be made with meat, or can be vegetarian. This recipe is also a great way of getting kids and other vegetable haters into eating them.

Chili Con (or Sans) Carne

  • 1 lb lean ground beef, or turkey or 10 oz quick cooking bulgar
  • 2 cans (16 oz) red kidney beans
  • 2 cans (16 oz) pinto beans
  • 3 1/2 cups vegetable juice
  • 4 (16 oz) cans diced tomatoes
  • small bunch fresh broccoli chopped into small pieces
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 large zucchini sliced
  • 1 large yellow squash sliced
  • 2 large garlic bulbs separated into cloves and diced
  • 2 whole garlic
  • 1 packet of Chili Seasoning

In a large pot, sauté the garlic in the oil or butter on your range top. Meanwhile cook the ground beef or turkey in a separate saucepan until brown. When the garlic is brown add onions, zucchini, yellow squash and broccoli to pan. Sauté for about 10 minutes. Add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, and chili seasoning. Allow to simmer for another 30 minutes or until mixture thickens.

Once simmered, add the remaining ingredients, including the bulgar or meat. If using bulgar you may need to add some extra liquid to the chili. The chili is done when the vegetables are tender and it is sufficiently spicy. If using bulgar, the grains should be soft and tender, and not chewy. Serve with crackers, cheese, and sour cream if desired. This chili is also great over rice on a hot dog.

This is a great, easy recipe that can be easily adapted and makes a thick hearty meal. It is perfect for cooking while traveling in your motor home or travel trailer and can be cooked just about anywhere you go.