Thanksgiving Side Dishes


Easy side dishes to prepare for Thanksgiving are on the menu if you are celebrating the holiday in your RV. If you run out of room on the stove and the oven, you can also use your covered grill to cook, even if it’s chilly outside.


If you have a cast iron pan, you can save the space in your oven for something else. Turn on one or two burners on an enclosed grill. Set the temperature to what your cornbread recipe calls for. You’ll need room enough on the unlit side of the grill for the cast iron pan.

Prepare your favorite cornbread recipe and pour the batter into a cast iron pan. Place the pan with the cornbread batter in it on the unlit side of the grill and close the lid. Check the cornbread to see if it’s done about 10 minutes prior to the recommended cooking time; and check again every 5 minutes until it’s done. While the thermometer on the grill is probably close to accurate, if not, you don’t want to burn the cornbread!

Colorful Garlic Red Mashed ‘Taters

Wash one to two potatoes per person, depending on the size of the potatoes. If you have baby reds, you might want five to six per person. Cut the potatoes into 2- to 3-inch chunks and boil them with the peels on until they are fork tender. Drain them and set them aside.

Melt ¼ stick of butter for each pound of potatoes you are cooking. Remove the pan from the heat. Add the potatoes and a splash of heavy cream for each pound of potatoes. Add ½ teaspoon garlic powder and salt and pepper to taste for each pound of potatoes. Mash all together thoroughly. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley.


Back in the day, you could find canned succotash in stores. If you miss that favorite dish and can’t find it, you can make your own. Combine one can of creamed corn and one can of drained green Lima beans and heat until hot. Add 1 tablespoon butter and stir until the butter is melted. Add salt and pepper to taste, if desired.

Visit Pan Pacific RV Center

Stop by Pan Pacific RV Center before you leave for your holiday trip to pick up any accessories you may need to help you cook Thanksgiving Dinner in your RV.