Different people enjoy different aspects of the holidays. Some are enthralled with the spirit of gift giving, some enjoy the family togetherness, others love the music and the festivities, and yet others love the religious aspects of it. There is a large number of folks who look forward to traveling during this special time of the year, especially when it’s over the river and through the woods all the way to grandmother’s house … or anywhere else they choose to go.
There is one aspect of the holidays that everybody loves, and that’s the food. In fact, there are many RV holiday travelers who have learned to create some spectacular dishes for such special occasions as Christmas and Chanukah, and they don’t skip any of the great tastes!
Here is an idea for a wonderful RV-friendly holiday meal to enhance your festive experiences while camping in your Cruise America motorhome:
Hot Seasoned Apple Cider: Christmas is cold in most of the country, and this tasty beverage is sure to warm not just your body, but your soul, as well.
One half-gallon of apple cider
1/4 cup of packed brown sugar
1/8 tsp. ground ginger
1 unpeeled orange, cut into wedges
2 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp. whole cloves
Small square of cheesecloth (or substitute)
Tie up the cinnamon sticks and the cloves in the cheesecloth (a new handkerchief or paper coffee filter will work if you have no cheesecloth). Add the cider along with the other ingredients into a crockpot. Cover and simmer on low for three hours. Remove the cheesecloth and the orange wedges and serve. It’s guaranteed to bring the scent and the taste of the holidays to your RV.
Bacon of the Sea: This is a tasty dish for anyone who appreciates seafood. It’s a simple recipe that is delicious enough to make your tongue slap your brains out!
Oysters (or shrimp)
Green and Red Bell Peppers
Each oyster is wrapped with a strip of bacon and seasoned with salt and pepper to your taste. Once you have three oysters prepared, place them on a skewer, alternating green and red bell peppers between them (for that Christmas zing). When you have enough skewers for everyone to have their own, place them on your hot grill until the oysters are done and the bacon is crisp. For an extra little pop of flavor, let them marinate in Italian salad dressing for a few hours before placing them on the grill. If you’re not an oyster lover, you can use shrimp.
The Main Course
Quadruple “2” Soup: Most folks don’t think of soup as a main course, but this is thick and hearty dish is so filling that you couldn’t fit much more in, save some crackers or cornbread! The name comes from the constant “2” of all the ingredients.
2 lbs. hamburger
2 cans minestrone soup
2 cans diced tomatoes and green chilies
2 cans of ranch-style beans
Brown the hamburger meat and drain the extra grease off. Add the tomatoes and chilies, ranch-style beans and minestrone soup. In a crockpot or over the stove, simmer until it’s well heated and enjoy! Hint: A dollop of sour cream and some cornbread or crackers tastes great with this!
Holiday Cheer Cherry Cobbler: Most people can resist something or another, but we’re pretty sure that nobody on this green earth can refuse a serving of this!
2 (12 oz.) cans of cherry pie filling
1 box of yellow cake mix, dry
¼ cup softened butter
¼ cup chopped pecans
Pour the pie filling into a crockpot or slow cooker. In a bowl mix the dry cake mix and softened butter until it gets crumbly. Sprinkle over the pie filling, then top with the pecans. Place a paper towel under the lid and cook on low for 3-4 hours. We’re guessing that nobody would complain if you wanted to put vanilla ice cream or whipped cream over the top, but it’s not a requirement, for sure!
Now, we know that it’s not the food that makes our spirits bright; it’s being with family and friends that brings us together and inspires the true holiday spirit. However, the food sure doesn’t hurt!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM CRUISE AMERICA!
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