Fall RV Recipes

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When you are out on the road during the fall and winter months, especially if you’ve spent an entire day hunting, you will want some comfort food – and that means hearty food – ready when you get back in. While some people leave a slow cooker on when they are not home, we don’t advise that, especially in an RV. These are dishes you can make before you leave, then store them in airtight containers in the fridge and freezer.

You can pick up airtight containers and other accessories at Pleasure Land RV, so be sure to stop by for everything you need before you start out on this venture.

Roasted Venison

  • Oil or bacon fat
  • Venison roast – up to 5 pounds
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 Beef bouillon cubes
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Liquid smoke
  • Tabasco sauce
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Potatoes
  • Onions
  • Carrots

Directions:

Melt the oil or bacon fat in the bottom of the crockpot on 350 degrees or medium heat. Brown the venison roast on all sides. Add the water, spices to taste and vegetables. Cover and let roast for about 4 to 6 hours, depending on the size of the roast. About halfway through, taste the juices to see if you need to add more spices. Remove from heat, and let the venison and vegetables cool. Pack in individual servings in airtight containers.

Hearty Beef Stew

  • 3 slices of bacon
  • Any type of beef roast – it can be a cheap cut as using the slow cooker makes it tender
  • 6 cups water
  • Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Green beans
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Liquid smoke
  • Louisiana hot sauce
  • Tabasco sauce
  • Cornstarch

Directions:

Cut the bacon strips into quarters. Fry them in the bottom of the slow cooker on 350 degrees Fahrenheit or medium heat until they are translucent. Brown the roast in the bacon fat (all sides). Add the spices to taste. Cover and let cook for 4 hours. Taste the juices to adjust spices if necessary. Add all vegetables. Cover and let cook for 2 hours. Taste for spice adjustment. Remove meat and vegetables from the crockpot. Turn the temperature up to high. Mix 2 tablespoons of cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of cold water. Add to the beef broth (you can do this on the stove in a different pot to do this faster). Stir constantly until broth thickens. It won’t be super thick like gravy, but it will be thicker than water. Add the meat and vegetables back to the slow cooker. Cook the mixture long enough to make sure everything is hot – usually about 10 to 15 minutes. Cool and pack in airtight storage containers.

Be sure to stop by Pleasure Land RV to pick up any accessories you may need or to have your RV serviced before you head out for the fall and winter camping/hunting season.

Awesome RV Recipes

When you’re in an RV, sometimes you just can’t bake a full pan of brownies, you can’t bake a large pie or space is too confined to make any elaborate dishes for dinner. These recipes created for RV camping will come in handy in a pinch – and they are quick to make and easy to clean up.

When you walk through some of the floor plans at Pleasure Land RV, you’ll find that some don’t come with an oven, some have an oven but it’s smaller than the oven in your house, or some come with a convection/microwave oven. You can make these recipes in the microwave or on the grill.

Brownies in a Cup

  • Coffee mug
  • ¼ c. sugar
  • ¼ c. flour
  • 2 tbsp. cocoa
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 tbsp. water
  • Ice cream (optional)

Add the dry ingredients to the cup and mix them well. Add the oil and water. Mix until the mixture is smooth.Microwave it for 1 minute and 40 seconds. Remove it – be careful, it will be hot. Add the ice cream.

Beer Butt Chicken – Boondock Style

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  • 1 whole chicken, cleaned and rinsed
  • 1 can of your favorite beer
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Redfish blackening spice
  • Poultry seasoning
  • Barbecue sauce (optional)

Prepare the chicken by sprinkling it liberally with the spices. Drink about a third of the beer. Add a teaspoon of each spice to the beer. Using a brush or folded paper towel, “paint” the chicken with barbecue sauce (optional).

Stick the beer can in the chicken’s “butt.” The can and the legs form a tripod so that the chicken will stand up.

Enclosed Grills: Turn on one or two burners on one end. If you have a four-burner grill, use two burners. If you have a three-burner grill, you can use two if they are far enough apart so that the chicken isn’t close to the flame. Watch the temperature – adjust the flame to keep the temperature between 325 and 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Stand the chicken on the grill and close the lid. Cook until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. Depending on the size of the chicken, this could take up to 3 to 4 hours.

Open/Charcoal Grills: You can still cook this on an open grill. However, you have to be able to keep adding charcoal. Lifting the chicken and the grill is a good way to lose your dinner to the ground. Make sure you can stabilize the chicken when you move the grill. Cooking Beer Butt Chicken this way will take a bit longer – closer to four to five hours, depending on the size of the chicken. Be sure to cook it until the internal temperature is 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cut the chicken off the bones and serve on a platter. Discard the bones and the beer. Serve with your favorite potato or pasta salad.

Stop by Pleasure Land RV for any accessories you might need for grilling or baking, including a grill, mugs, storage helpers and more.

Treat Yourself on the Road

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Living the RV lifestyle doesn’t mean you have to eat at unhealthy fast-food restaurants every day. Try these delicious recipes while you’re out adventuring this spring, and you’ll realize just how good eating on the road can be.

Strawberry Spinach Salad

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 quart strawberries (cleaned and sliced)
  • 1/4 cup almonds (slivered)
  • 10 ounces fresh spinach (torn into small pieces)
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon onion (minced)
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Mix together the poppy seeds, sesame seeds, olive oil, vinegar, sugar, paprika, onion and Worcestershire sauce in a medium-size bowl.
  2. Cover the mixture and let it cool in the refrigerator for an hour.
  3. In a large salad bowl, toss the spinach, strawberries and almonds together.
  4. Pour the dressing into the salad bowl, toss the entire salad, and enjoy.

Salmon with Caramelized Leeks

What You’ll Need:

  • 4 leeks (trimmed, washed and sliced into matchstick-size pieces)
  • 3 carrots (cut into matchstick-size pieces)
  • 2 pounds salmon filets
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Preheat your RV oven to 425 degrees, then line a baking sheet with tin foil and brush it with oil or cooking spray.
  2. In a large skillet on medium-high heat, saute the leeks in butter until they’re soft (roughly 5 minutes).
  3. Sprinkle brown sugar on the leeks and continue to cook them until they’re browned (15 minutes). Stir in the carrots and saute them until they’re tender.
  4. Rub the salmon filets with olive oil and sprinkle them with salt and pepper.
  5. Roast the salmon until it flakes easily (roughly 10 minutes per 1-inch of filet thickness)
  6. Serve the cooked filets with caramelized leeks and carrots on top.

Don’t forget to pick up all of your RV cooking accessories and supplies right here at PleasureLand RV Center — your local Minnesota RV dealer. And if you’re in need of an RV with a more suitable kitchen for your cooking needs, we’ve got a huge selection of RVs for sale on our lots in St. Cloud, Ramsey, Willmar and Brainerd.

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Recipes courtesy of allrecipes.com.

Try These Irish Recipes to Get in the St. Patrick’s Day Spirit

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St. Patrick’s Day is as much about the food as it is about the Guinness, and whether you’re spending the holiday on the road or cooking for friends and family at home, these simple Irish dishes are guaranteed to be a hit.

Irish Soda Bread

This amazingly easy bread recipe can be thrown together with items you probably already have in the pantry.

What You’ll Need:

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup margarine (softened)
  • 1/4 cup butter (melted)

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and lightly grease a baking sheet.
  2. Mix sugar, baking soda, flour, salt, margarine and baking powder together in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Stir in the egg and 1 cup of buttermilk
  4. On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough into a round.
  5. Mix the melted butter and 1/4 cup buttermilk together in a separate bowl.
  6. Move the round to the baking sheet and brush it lightly with the buttermilk mixture.
  7. Cut an “X” in the top of the loaf with a sharp knife.
  8. Bake for 45-50 minutes, then brush the round again with the buttermilk mixture and let cool.

Irish Champ

What You’ll Need:

  • 4 pounds potatoes (peeled and cubed)
  • 1/2 pound green onion (chopped)
  • 4 ounces butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • Pepper to taste

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Boil potatoes until soft (roughly 10 minutes).
  2. On low heat, cook the green onions in milk for about five minutes.
  3. Drain and mash the potatoes.
  4. Stir the milk and green onion mixture into the potatoes, then stir in salt, pepper and 2 ounces of butter.
  5. Separte into servings, and dot each serving with the remaining butter.

Here at PleasureLand RV Center, we hope you’re out enjoying St. Patrick’s Day in your RV this year. And if you’re still not in the RV of your dreams, come see us — your local Minnesota RV dealer — to browse our huge selection of new and used fifth wheels, travel trailers, motorhomes and more.

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Recipes courtesy of allrecipes.com.

RV Recipe for the Road: Chicken with Herb Dumplings

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Convinced it’s impossible to have a hearty, homemade meal on the road because your RV kitchen is too small? This chicken with herb dumplings recipe is the perfect savory meal after a long day of adventure.

What You’ll Need

For the Chicken:

  • 2 1/2 pounds bone-in chicken parts
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup (no water added)
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup all-purpose baking mix
  • 3 cups milk
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

For the Dumplings

  • 2 cups all-purpose baking mix
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 2/3 cups milk

Cooking Instructions

  1. Over medium-high heat, warm the shortening in a large skillet.
  2. Separately, in a medium bowl, mix the 1 cup baking mix, paprika, salt and pepper, and toss the chicken in the mixture until it is fully coated.
  3. Fry the coated chicken in the skillet until it is browned, then remove the chicken and set it aside on a paper towel.
  4. Wipe the skillet clean and place it back on the stove.
  5. Stir the cans of soup and 3 cups milk together in the skillet, then place the chicken back in the pan and heat the entire mixture until it’s boiling.
  6. Reduce the stove’s heat to low and cover the mixture while it simmers for 45 minutes. Turn the chicken occasionaly.
  7. In a separate medium bowl, mix 2 cups baking mix, parsley, poultry seasoning and 2/3 cup milk together until it makes a soft dough.
  8. After the chicken has fully cooked for 45 minutes, drop the soft dough mixture into the skillet in small spoonfuls to form dumplings.
  9. Finally, cook the entire mixture together on low for 10 minutes uncovered, then another 10 minutes covered. When the dumplings have expanded, it’s time to eat!

Pleasureland RV Center

Convinced your RV kitchen is too small to cook the meals you love? Stop by PleasureLand RV Center — your local Minnesota RV dealership — to see our incredible inventory of new and used RVs. We’re also your one-stop destination for all of your RV service, parts and accessories needs, so don’t forget about us for all of your favorite camping supplies.

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Healthy Recipes to Help Keep the New Year’s Resolutions

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If you enjoy RV traveling and one of your New Year’s resolutions is to eat healthy, combine the two with easily prepared recipes without all the additives. Eating healthy while camping is easier than you might think with the help of one main ingredient; the protein-packed egg.

To make cooking fun and efficient, visit PleasureLand RV for a look at our cooking accessories. Not only will your indoor or outdoor kitchen be well equipped, you’ll earn reward points for your purchases.

Sun-Dried Tomato with Feta and Spinach Omelet

  • Combine 2 large eggs with a dash of black pepper and kosher salt. Set aside.
  • Melt 1/2 tsp unsalted butter over medium heat in a nonstick skillet.
  • Pour egg batter into pan covering the bottom. Let cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until set.
  • Top with 1/2 cup chopped spinach, 2 tbsp chopped sun-dried tomatoes and 2 tbsp crumbled Feta cheese.
  • Fold the egg over the mixture.
  • Use a spatula to detach the omelet from the pan.
  • Slide the omelet to a plate and serve with a side of turkey bacon.

Curried Egg Salad Sandwich

  • Bring 8 large eggs to a boil in a covered pot. Remove from heat and let sit for about 12 minutes.
  • Rinse the eggs using cold water then remove the shells.
  • Chop the eggs and set aside.
  • In a separate bowl combine 1/3 cup mayonnaise and 1 tsp curry powder.
  • Fold the eggs into the mayo mixture along with 1 tbsp chopped fresh chives and a dash of black pepper and kosher salt.
  • Top four slices of pumpernickel bread with lettuce and the chicken salad.
  • Serve with your favorite chips.

Spaghetti with Eggs, Herbs and Chilies

  • Cook enough spaghetti to serve 4. Approximately 3/4 of a box. Drain and return pasta to the pot.
  • Warm 3 tbsp olive oil with 2 sliced cloves of garlic and 1 thinly sliced red chili pepper in a saucepan. Cook 2-3 minutes.
  • Add mixture to the pasta along with 1/2 cup of fresh herbs. Mix thoroughly.
  • In a separate pan, heat 1 tbsp olive oil. Cook 4 eggs to your desired preference.
  • Serve pasta topped with an egg and garnished with Parmesan.

Make every trip a culinary adventure with healthy recipes and the means to prepare them from the cooking accessories available at PleasureLand RV.

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Favorite Fall Recipes

Fall brings us a harvest of new vegetables to our tables and a chance to explore new recipes.

PleasureLand RV Center is pleased to share some of these timely recipes with you.

Butternut Squash Soup

To make this recipe you will need 6 tbs chopped onions, 4 tbs butter, 6 cup peeled and chopped butternut squash, 3 cup water, 4 cubes of chicken bouillon, 1/2 tsp marjoram (dried), 1/4 tsp black pepper (ground), 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper, and 2 packages of cream cheese (16 oz).

Sauté onions in large sauce pan with butter. Add squash and next five ingredients. Boil and then cook for 20 minutes or until the squash is done. Next, puree the squash with the cream cheese in small batches until everything is smooth. Return to heat and heat through but do not boil.

You’ll have a creamy, tasty soup that is perfect for the season.

Easy Chili

Here’s an easy recipe the whole family will love. You will need 1lb ground beef or turkey, 1 chopped onion, 1 can stewed tomatoes (14.5 oz), 1 can tomato sauce (15 oz), 1 can kidney beans (15 oz), 1 1/2 cup water, chili powder (to taste), garlic powder (to taste), salt & pepper (to taste).

Sauté the meat and onion in large saucepan until meat is meat and onion is done. Then put in the next four ingredients. Add the seasonings, boil, reduce heat (low), cover and for 15 min. let it simmer. Done!

Spaghetti Squash

You will need 1 spaghetti squash (halved and seeded), 2 tbs vegetable oil, 1 onion (chopped), 1 garlic clove (minced), 1 1/2 cup tomatoes (chopped), 3/4 cup Feta cheese (crumbled), 3 tbs black olives (sliced), 2 tbs basil (fresh, chopped).

Heat oven to 350 and use a lightly greased baking sheet. Put the squash on the sheet with the cut sides down, bake for 30 minutes then remove and cool so you can handle it. In the meantime, put oil in skillet and heat, put in the onion and cook, add the garlic, cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stir the tomatoes in, and cook until tender and warm. With a large spoon, scoop out the pulp of the squash and put in a bowl (medium). Add the vegetables, cheese and the rest of the ingredients and toss.

PleasureLand RV is pleased to be the RV dealership Minnesota can count on for year round sales, service, parts and accessories for motorhomes and travel trailers. Enjoy the sights and tastes of the season!

Tailgate Recipes for the Game of The Week

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Football season is in full swing. Whether you root for the Minnesota Golden Gophers, the Minnesota Vikings, or have another team of choice, it is time to tailgate and cheer that team on.

As the RV dealership Minneapolis relies on for sales parts and accessories, we see a lot of purple and gold this time of year. We also get a lot of requests for tailgate recipes. Here are a couple of unique but easy recipe ideas for your next tailgate party.

Grilled Potato Salad

Everybody like potato salad, but here is a new spin on an old favorite. You will need eight slices of bacon, four medium red potatoes (cubed), one large onion (white cut into one inch slices), potato salad dry rub and dressing.

Heat grill to a medium-high heat, cook the bacon in a large skillet until crisp. Drain bacon on paper towels and reserve the drippings. Crumble bacon up. Add the potatoes and onion along with the dry rub to the drippings in the skillet. Coat and then remove the potato mixture. Next, in a grill wok or grill basket, grill the potato mixture with the grill lid closed for about 30 minutes but stir every five minutes.

When done, put the salad in a big bowl and add the potato salad dressing,toss, add bacon, serve warm and watch the crowd dig in!

Jalapeno Mustard Dipping Sauce

Add a little heat to your next tailgate party with this dipping sauce recipe. You will need ž cups of mayonnaise, two tablespoons of jalapeno pepper jelly, and ź cup of Creole mustard. Just mix all of the ingredients together until well blended. The dipping sauce can be served with chicken bites, jalapeno poppers or any of your favorite dipping food.

Enjoy the games this fall and into the winter. If you are already thinking about RV season next year, or are a year-round RVer who may be getting ready to head south, stop in and see us for the new line-up of 2014’s in stock or for parts and accessories. We are PleasureLand RV and we are the family owned RV dealership Minnesota can count on for great prices and quality products. Enjoy the season and the tailgating ahead!

October is National Pizza Month

Campfire Backcountry Pizza

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There are some food items that remain at the top of the “A” list throughout the years. Some tasty creations have their moment in the spotlight then fade away, but others continue to shine brightly. One such scrumptious item is an authentic pizza pie with all the toppings.

To show appreciation for this time-honored slice of culinary heaven, October is designated as National Pizza Month.

What this means for pizza aficionados is communities and pizza restaurants in cities around the US will be celebrating with special activities and deals. This is a win-win and, best of all, National Pizza Month runs through October 31, so there’s plenty of time to enjoy a slice.

For RVers, you can take advantage of local activities and restaurants paying homage to this luscious pie or make your own and enjoy with friends, family, and other travelers around a roaring campfire.

Pepperoni Pizza

Ingredients needed for this campfire favorite is 1 lb of refrigerated pizza dough, 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella, 1/2 cup thinly sliced pepperoni, 1/4 cup of your favorite pizza sauce and a pizza stone.

  • Place the pizza stone on a grill over a wood fire. Spread the wood around so the flames are at an even consistency and not too tall.
  • Roll out the dough and place on the stone. Cook for 10 minutes until brown.
  • Remove from the fire. Flip the dough over so the cooked side is up. Spread with sauce leaving a 1/2 inch area around the rim without sauce.
  • Add the mozzarella evenly.
  • Add the pepperoni.
  • Place the pizza – uncooked side down – on the stone. Create a tent with aluminum foil to cover the pizza.
  • Place on the grill and cook for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  • Remove and place on a cutting board. Let cool before slicing.

Backcountry Pizza

  • Place dough in a cast iron skillet and cook over fire for about 10- 20 minutes.
  • Add tomato sauce, pepper jack cheese, sun dried tomatoes and pepperoni or salami. Let cook until cheese is melted.

Make your plans for an October outing and include a pizza party to celebrate the pie. Before leaving, stop by PleasureLand RV Center for a service check and any accessories you need to make the trip a tasty one.

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Easy Dessert Recipes for RVing

When planning excursions, whether across the state or across the country, eating is a big part of each day and whether you’re traveling in a Class A motorhome, cozy travel trailer, or a convenient pop-up, preparing meals that are quick, easy, and nutritious are at the top of the list.

With recreational vehicles available from PleasureLand RV, you’ll have the opportunity to show off your culinary talents with exceptional camp cooking.

When you’re looking for ideas to keep the masses happy, some creative and tasty desserts will definitely put a smile on everyone’s face. Consider one of these quick and easy desserts to delight friends and family while traversing the roads of Minnesota.

Fruit Cobbler

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This is an easy recipe that will melt in your mouth.

Melt 1 stick of butter. Mix thoroughly 1 cup each sugar, milk and self-rising flour. Add mixture to butter. Add 2 cups of canned fruit, drained. Sprinkle with a mixture of 1/8 cup each sugar and cinnamon. Bake for 50-60 minutes at 350 degrees.

Grilled Waffle Treats

This easy waffle treat is a good substitute for s’mores. You’ll need frozen waffles,miniature marshmallows, semisweet chocolate chips, and heavy-duty tin foil.

Grease a 12-inch square of double thick foil. Place one waffle atop the foil and sprinkle with chocolate chips and marshmallows. Place another waffle on top. Fold the foil securely around the waffle sealing edges tightly. Grill over medium heat, covered, for approximately 8-10 minutes. Open carefully allowing steam to escape.

Hot Banana Boats

This recipe packs a sweet punch. Ingredients include bananas, semisweet chocolate chips, miniature marshmallows, foil, and trail mix.

Place an unpeeled banana on a 12-inch square of tin foil. Tweak the foil to create a base for the banana to sit in. Cut 1/2-inches deep along the middle leaving 1/2-inch uncut at both ends. Pull the peel and banana apart forming a pocket. Fill with trail mix, marshmallows and chocolate chips. Grill for approximately 4-5 minutes, covered, until marshmallows are melted and toasted.

PleasureLand is your personal RV dealership where knowledgeable and friendly staff will point you in the right direction when it comes to travel options to suit your needs and fit your budget. Whether buying or renting, PleasureLand RV has it all.

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