Great Summer Recipes

You wouldn’t think that using a slow cooker during the summer would be practical – mostly, people use it in the winter to make great comfort food, especially in a nasty snowstorm. Well, that practicality just flew out the window – on your next camping trip, pack the slow cooker. You can even make these recipes at home if you want to try them before you hit the road.

You’ll find plenty of space for the slow cooker in most of the RVs available at Jim’s RV Center. If your RV doesn’t happen to have a large pots-and-pans drawer, you can always store the slow cooker in the basement storage until you need it.

Mississippi Roast

This recipe takes about 5 minutes to put together and 8 hours to cook it. You can start it in the morning and come back from a hiking or fishing trip to a complete meal. This serves about 8 or 10 people.

  • 1 3-pound chuck roast
  • 1 1-ounce package dry ranch seasoning mix
  • 1 1-oune package dry au jus gravy mix
  • 6 Tbs. butter
  • 6 Pepperoncini

Pour about ¼ cup of water into the slow cooker. Add the chuck roast. Sprinkle the ranch seasoning mix (dry) and the au jus mix (dry) on top of the roast. Add the butter. Place the pepperoncini around the roast. Cook on low for 8 hours. Shred the roast, then serve with potatoes, over rice or as hot open roast beef sandwiches.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Here’s another one that doesn’t take long to put together. You can cook this rather quickly – on high for 2 to 3 hours or on low for 3 to 4 hours, depending on what you have planned for those few hours before dinner.

  • ½ cup melted butter – divide it into two 1/4-cup portions
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 20-ounce can crushed pineapple
  • 1 white or yellow cake mix

Drain the pineapple, but keep the juice. Stir ¼ cup butter, the brown sugar and pineapple together. Spread it evenly on the bottom of the slow cooker. Mix the cake mix, pineapple juice and other ¼ cup of butter in a large bowl to make a cake batter. Pour it over the top of the pineapple. Bake on high for 2 to 3 hours or on low for 3 to 4 hours.

Be sure you pack everything you need for your trip, including accessories and your slow cooker. If you need to pick up any supplies or accessories, stop by Jim’s RV Center before you head out.

Image by 64MM via Flickr Creative Commons

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