What is it about RV cooking that produces meals that taste so much better than anything you could ever get at a restaurant? Is it the fact that you’re in the wilderness? Or maybe it’s the enticing smell of the outdoor grill emitting its tempting aromas. At Cruise America, we believe that the food made in an RV tastes so good because it’s main ingredient is always love.
There are all kinds of amazing meals that you can make while camping in one of our Cruise America rental RVs. In fact, you can even prepare meals that the kids will love! Here is one recipe that is not only a kid-friendly meal, but also an adult favorite, as well:
Mac & Cheese On the Grill
What kid could ever say no to macaroni and cheese? In fact, what grownups can say no to this delectable dish? It’s a favorite amongst campers, young and old. Here’s what you will need to prepare this winning recipe, teaming up your RV kitchen and the outdoor grill at your campsite:
1 lb. elbow macaroni
½ stick salted butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 ½ cups fat-free milk
½ cup heavy cream
1 cup grated Asiago cheese
1 cup Monterey Jack cheese
½ cup Blue cheese
½ cup Parmigiano-Reggiano
1 ½ cups yellow sharp Cheddar
½ lb. crispy cooked peppered bacon
½ teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
¼ cup seasoned panko
Now that’s a lot of cheese! But stand by, because good flavors are about to hop off your grill and explode in your mouth. Here’s the next step …
Get the grill going, whether charcoal or gas, and preheat it to 350° (F). Next, step back into your motorhome and boil the elbow macaroni until it’s cooked to perfection, then drain and set aside. Now, in a large saucepan (over medium heat) melt the butter, then whisk in the flour for about a minute to thicken it up. Add 1 cup of non-fat milk and whisk it in as well. Here is where you start adding that glorious cheese, one kind at a time, thoroughly whisking each one into the mix. If the sauce starts to become too thick, just add the remaining ½ cup of milk.
Once all of the cheeses are blended in, add the salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper and heavy cream. Now add the macaroni to the mixture and stir things up again. Add the cooked bacon and yep, you guessed it, stir it in as well. When everything is combined, pour it all into a cast iron 9” x 13” rectangle casserole dish.
Now for the coup de grâce: Sprinkle the top with the panko and an additional ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Place the dish on the grill for 12 minutes, and voilà, you have a meal that no kid (or adult) can resist! Oh, and be sure to let this amazing macaroni masterpiece rest off of the grill for a few minutes before serving it.
This is just one of thousands of tasty dishes you can prepare while enjoying time with your family in the wilderness. When it boils down to it, as long as you’re RV camping and spending time with those you love, you can’t go wrong, no matter what you cook!
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