Thanksgiving Camping Menu and Meal Prep
One way to minimize stress in the campsite, and make your Thanksgiving camping trip successful, is to do some meal prep in advance. Get creative by thinking outside the oven.
Want to stick to tradition and go the turkey route? You have options. You could cook individual turkey breasts to your liking in your camper van or over a campfire. Or you could head to the deli section at your local grocery store and ask for a hunk of pre-cooked turkey meat rather than deli slices. Perhaps skip the turkey altogether and bring a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken instead. You could also sear salmon in a foil packet over the campfire. There is no hard and fast rule that says turkey is required on Thanksgiving.
Make Side Dishes Ahead
So many classic Thanksgiving dishes can be made ahead of time. Mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, gravy, green beans or brussels sprouts can all be made in advance, then re-heated over the camp stove. You could quickly blanch your green beans or brussels sprouts at home, wrap them up in tin foil with some butter and herbs, then perch the package over the campfire to heat things back up. Don’t be afraid to try something new. This might be the year you discover a whole new way to enjoy sweet potatoes.
Pumpkin Pie S’mores
When it is time for dessert, put a Thanksgiving spin on the classic s’more with the following ingredients:
- can of pumpkin pie filling
- cinnamon graham crackers
- pumpkin spice marshmallows (no really, it’s a thing!)
All you have to do to turn your s’more into a taste of pumpkin pie is smear some pumpkin pie filling on your cinnamon graham cracker, then top with chocolate and your roasted marshmallow. You’ll want more than one for sure.