Cooking in an RV is a notoriously difficult task. Add the daunting task of RV cooking to the stress of Thanksgiving, and you have an unfortunate recipe for an overwhelming holiday. Thankfully, Scenic RV is here to help you cook an RV Thanksgiving dinner! We’re covering some of the most helpful cooking appliances and the best RV-friendly recipes to match for this Thanksgiving.

RV Thanksgiving Dinner Kitchen Accessories

While cooking in an RV oven is known to be difficult, we did cover some steps you can take for success. In addition to the oven, we have gathered a list of some of the best kitchen accessories to add to your RV.

Instant Pot

The legendary Instant Pot is a combined pressure cooker and slow cooker that has become wildly popular since it was first introduced in 2010. It works well in stationary homes and has been celebrated as a savior of RV cooking. It’s been promoted by its manufacturers as a multicooker that can replace your pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker and more. Whether or not it can truly replace seven other kitchen appliances is up for debate. But the Instant Pot is a surefire win for RVers everywhere.

Instant pot turkey slices and gravy for an RV Thanksgiving dinner.

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Toaster Oven

Toaster ovens aren’t quite as much of a novelty, but they’re a popular option for RVers. Avoid the RV cooking difficulties that comes with complicated ovens by opting for a toaster oven. They’re essentially smaller versions of traditional ovens. With, of course, toasting and other cooking options available. Toaster ovens are a great option for cooking an RV Thanksgiving dinner, and for heating up your Thanksgiving leftovers all weekend!

Toaster Oven Thanksgiving Recipes

Streusel Topped Sweet Potatoes

Toaster Oven Bread

Toaster Oven Apple Crisp

Air Fryer

Air fryers are another recently popular kitchen appliance. Especially in recent years, they’ve taken over as the preferred cooking method, particularly of younger families. They’ll provide you with a hot meal that has an oven-baked crispiness, rather than soggy microwaved dishes. Air fryers are quick cooking appliances that enable you to enjoy fried food without coating it in oil first. Cook a crispy RV Thanksgiving dinner in an air fryer this holiday season.


Induction Cooktop

Induction cooktops are a common appliance for RV cooking. They’re known for heating more quickly than electric cooktops or stovetops, and cooling down much faster once turned off. They’re undoubtedly safer than gas or electric as it won’t catch objects like cloths on fire or emit gas. Induction cooktops heat through iron particles.

One of the most important benefits of induction cooktops for RV cooking is their energy efficiency. Induction cooktops only heats the cookware so heat (or energy) is not lost to the air around the pots and pans. Not to mention they’re easy to wipe down and clean after a busy RV Thanksgiving dinner.

Cooktop Thanksgiving Recipes

One-Pan Mashed Potatoes

Pumpkin Mousse Parfaits

Stovetop Green Bean Casserole

Homemade Stovetop Stuffing

Preparing an RV Thanksgiving Dinner

Prep in Advance

In an RV, there is only so much prep space to go around. Even with the sink cover on, RV cooking is often difficult due to the lack of space. To give yourself the space necessary to cook a truly mouthwatering dinner, we recommend prepping most of the dishes in advance. This will allow you to take your time, one dish at a time, and it will relieve the pressure of cooking on Thanksgiving Day.

Ask Guests for Help

Cooking an entire Thanksgiving dinner on your own is overwhelming – RV or not! One of the best things you can do to ease up on your Thanksgiving responsibilities is embrace the spirit of potluck. Ask friends and family members who are attending your RV Thanksgiving dinner to bring dishes, drinks or desserts.

People eating an RV Thanksgiving dinner.

Take Advantage of the Outdoors

The beauty of RVing is the great outdoors! Instead of cramping around the booth dinette, we recommend setting up dinner outside. Use the campsite picnic table or set up some foldable tables and chairs. You’ve already got more space to tuck in! Enjoy crisp fall air while tucking into your Thanksgiving dinner.

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