Comfort Insurance’s Top Motorhome Meals

One of the great advantages of the motorhome is that you have the freedom not just to relax and enjoy the world from your own environment, but you have the luxury of being able to cook for yourself. This means not only that you can indulge all your usual holiday pleasures but you can also save a lot of money that you might otherwise spend going out to restaurants. Because of space and your slightly limited facilities, motorhome cooking is more restrictive than what you might be able to do at home, but it doesn’t mean you can’t still cook up gourmet fare for all the family. So, just to inspire your taste buds, here are a few tantalising motorhome meal ideas.

Start the Day

Greasy eggs, fatty bacon and cold hash browns are nobody’s idea of a good way to start the day. If you like things sweet in the morning, french toast is incredibly simple; mix some bread, eggs and plenty of sugar and fry until nice and moist. Combine with either a ready-made fruit compote (or one you made earlier) for a great breakfast. Otherwise, a mexican-inspired Huevos Rancheros, eggs, toast, guacamole and a good dose of chilli sauce will really give you the kick you need to get up and out.

A Taste of Spain

What could be easier than sticking all your ingredients in one pan, turning on the heat and letting it simmer for an hour or so? That’s exactly what the Spanish have been doing for years! Pick up a good portion of paella rice, some crunch vegetables like peppers and onions and a topping of your choice: seafood is classic but chorizo or chicken works great too. Throw in your rice with plenty of stock and some saffron and keep it topped up and simmering until the rice is cooked.

Magnificent Moules

Mussels aren’t to everyone’s taste, but it’s hard to resist a delicious white-wine sauce with finely chopped shallots and a soft white baguette to mop up the juice. Moules Marineres is a perfect motorhome recipe because it creates almost no washing up and is ready in less than ten minutes. The key is to source really fresh mussels and keep them in water until ready to cook: this should be no problem if you’re exploring the Atlantic Coast.

Tray-Baked Chicken

A full roast is never going to work in a motorhome, right? Wrong. A tray-bake might not have the charm of your traditional Sunday dinner, but combine a whole chicken, some lovely soft potatoes and a host of Mediterranean veg with lots of lemon, garlic and olive oil and you’ll have a fantastic meal for a sunny Sunday. Let the chicken get started first and add the veg about an hour before it’s done: cooking everything in one pan really helps lock in the flavour.

The Surf and Turf Barbecue

Barbecues are an essential part of any great motorhome trip, so get creative and get yours fired up! There are no burnt burgers or bad bangers here though, grab yourself some lovely strip steaks from a local butcher – rump or hanger works really well – and combine it with some soft, melting white fish like ling. Kids don’t like their fish too fiddly so stay clear of things like sardines and prawns and, it’s simpler to buy ready-filleted. Top it off with a lime and olive oil dressing and some creme fraiche and you’re well on your way to a feast.

Keep it Sweet

Deserts are tough when it comes to motorhome cooking as most require some sort of baking or precise oven work. Your best bet is to keep things easy and keep them chocolatey! Pancakes and chocolate spread are a great one for the kids and but you’re after something more sophisticated, try a simple tiramisu. It takes some skill to perfect but the combination of marscapone cheese, sponge fingers and coffee, made the day before and refrigerated is a real winner.

The key to motorhome cookery is keeping it simple and minimal. You can make some great dishes with just a single pan and, most of the time, there’s no need to do anything more. Keep it safe, don’t risk your motorhome insurance policy by overdoing it indoors and make sure you always barbecue or use your gas stove away from any canvas or gas. So, if a bit of inspiration is all you need, get out there sourcing your recipes and, most importantly, check out the local butchers, fishmongers and delis. Great produce can be turned into great food really quickly indeed.

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