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Quick tricks and recipes to snazz up your burgers while visiting luxury RV parks Texas

Texas RV Park | Mill Creek Ranch Resort One of the favorites on the grill for regulars and newbies alike that come to Mill Creek Ranch Resort, one of the best luxury RV parks Texas, is the good ‘ol American hamburger. Hamburgers are practically standard for camping trips, because they are easy to whip up, grill and eat. The “same old, same old,” however, can get, well, a little old. Here are a few tips and a recipe to help you snazz up your burgers on your next resort getaway!

Spice it up: If you typically don’t season your meat, it’s time to start. Salt and pepper go a long way, but feel free to throw pretty much any spice or seasoning you like in the ground meat. A few popular options are season salt, grill seasoning, garlic powder (or garlic salt – just don’t salt it twice if you use this!), cayenne and/or chili powder if you like some spice or a little curry powder for a good flavor whallop.

Switch it up: Yes, beef is the classic meat of choice when it comes to hamburgers, however, switching up the ground meat you use is a pretty easy way to make something different. Experiment with ground chicken or turkey,some East Texas venison or even go a little fancier and use lamb. With lamb, you can even mix it with ground beef.

Stuff it!: Stuffed burgers are all the rage these days, so much that there is even a special tool to help you with the process (it’s not really necessary though). The idea is pretty basic: make double the patties with your meat, but flatten them somewhat thin. Mound some cheese, bacon, wilted greens, mushrooms or really anything you can think of on one of the patties, cover with another patty and squish and mold the ends together. Then grill as usual and enjoy! Check out our recipe for greek stuffed lamburgers below!

There is nothing like fancying up a meal or two while camping at one of the best luxury RV Parks Texas. Contact Mill Creek Ranch Resort for more information or to book your luxury RV site.

 

Greek Stuffed Lamburgers

Makes 4 large burgers
1 ½ pounds ground lamb, or a mix of ground beef and lamb
Zest of 1 lemon
1 Tablespoon fresh oregano (or 1 teaspoon dried oregano)
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup Crumbled feta cheese
½-1 cup wilted spinach (or frozen spinach, thawed)

1. Mix the ground meat with lemon zest, oregano and salt and pepper. Separate the meat into 8 balls of about equal size, and flatten into large patties.

2. Place some crumbled feta and wilted spinach into the center of four of the patties. Top each with another patty and press together at the edges, somewhat sealing the stuffed burger.

3. Grill to your desired doneness. Serve on a bun, between cibatta bread, or in a pita pocket.

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Canton, Texas 75103
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Another Great Texas RV Park Recipe!

What goes along with summer fun while vacationing with family at a Texas RV Park? Great food of course!  If you’ve done much camping at Texas RV parks maybe you’re already a pro at dutch oven cooking, or maybe you’ve always wanted to try your hand at it, but have been a bit too intimidated to get started.

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Roger L Beattie of the Backwoods Home Magazine describes dutch ovens: “squatting heavily in dank basements, drafty attics, and dusty, cluttered garages, these three-legged hulks from a bygone era wait impatiently to release their treasures.  Until then, they are pitted by time and tarnished by neglect.  For those who will uncover the mystery, their gaping caverns can once again be brimming with magic.

“From the birth of our nation, Dutch ovens have been an integral and versatile part of Americana.  Sadly today’s high-tech hustle-and-bustle lifestyle has all but forgotten the art of “leather-glove cuisine.”  The coal-black cast iron ovens appear outdated, unfriendly, and forbidding.  Interestingly however, with seven simple secrets revealed, the beginning camp cook and the consummate backyard chef can utilize these forgotten friends to produce a marvelous and unforgettable variety of succulent delicacies.”

Here is a helpful link for beginners and expert dutch oven cooks alike with Roger’s seven secrets of dutch oven cooking.

If the first thing that comes to mind when you think of dutch oven cooking is dump cake, think again!  Virtually anything you can cook in the oven, on the stove top, or in the microwave can be cooked in a dutch oven.  Dutch ovens are one of the most versatile pans you can own!  For those that are new to the art, here is a link to some handy tips from WikiHow on how to use a dutch oven.  

And for those of you who are ready for your next trip, take advantage of the RV specials  here at our beautiful RV resort, a top rated Good Sam Park for 2012 and who many call the best East Texas RV Park.  And while you’re doing your meal planning to decide what delicious food you’ll enjoy while you’re here, here’s a great dutch oven recipe for you to put on your menu list, Campfire Jambalaya, the grand-prize winning recipe from Scouting magazine’s national contest.  Complements of Kevin Young and Jim Brown, Scoutmaster and assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 44, in Heyburn, Idaho:

 

SEAFOOD JAMBALAYA

1 pound boneless chicken breast, cubed

1 pound mild Italian sausage, chunked

1 pound mixed seafood (shrimp, crab, crawfish)

1/3 cup oil

1 large onion, sliced and chopped

1/2 cup celery, chopped

2 small red or green peppers, quartered and sliced

2 medium tomatoes, coarsely chopped

1 14-oz. can chicken broth

3 cups okra, sliced

2 cups mushrooms, sliced

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon white pepper

1 teaspoon gumbo filé (powdered sassafras leaves)

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1/2 cup orange juice

2 to 3 cups long-grained white rice 

* Option: Replace cayenne with crushed and dried hot red peppers.

Cook in a deep, 14-inch Dutch oven. Heat chicken and Italian sausage until cooked through, but not browned. In a separate pot, steam seafood mixture until done (shrimp will turn pink).

In the Dutch-oven lid or another pan, sauté onions, celery, and red or green peppers until tender. Add the sautéed mixture, along with the tomatoes, broth, okra, and mushrooms to the chicken and sausage. Mix thoroughly.

Add dry peppers, gumbo filé, and rice. Mix thoroughly.

Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Add Worcestershire sauce and orange juice. Add water as necessary to cook rice. Add steamed seafood mixture. Simmer for another 10 minutes.

 Serves 8 to 10.

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2102 N. Trade Days Blvd
Canton, Texas 75103
877-927-3439

 

 

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Planning Your Texas RV Park Vacation? There’s an app for that!

With RV camping growing in popularity, there are more resources than ever available to help you plan a great RV park vacation in Texas.  Here are a few websites, apps and ideas to get you started.

Guestrated.com is a website where RV Park guests leave reviews and ratings of parks they’ve visited.  You can click the “plan a trip” button and a menu will take you to a search feature that will allow you to find a park and any amenities you would like.  For instance, to find a Texas RV park, one would click on the type of park (RV), the state/province (TX), and then below, “add amenities and lifestyle options.”  Included are options to search for RV parks with internet access, firewood, playgrounds, cable TV, pets welcome…it’s all there. There is even an option to search by highest rated park (Mill Creek Ranch Resort earns an A grade and enthusiastic feedback from reviewers there).

Smartphone apps can make vacation travel so much easier!  Here are a few to try on your next Texas RV park adventure:  

  •  Good Sam Campground Directory helps you find and RV park anywhere you travel.
  •   Gasbuddy finds the cheapest gas in the area
  •   iHandy level iPhone app, to you get your RV level while camping
  •  Google Sky Map is great for stargazing while you’re away from the city lights
  •   OffMaps for iPhone lets you download maps and view them even without a data connection
  •  RV Dumps finds the closest dump station for your septic

Pinterest has many, many boards dedicated to RV camping tips and ideas and is the perfect way to visually plan a vacation. Just search for boards or pins with the words “RV Camping” in them and you’ll instantly have access to recipes, ideas for organizing small spaces, fun recipes, cool RV remodels…you name it.  With a couple of more specific search terms like “Texas hiking trails” or “Canton TX” and you’ll find more specific ideas you may be able to use on your Texas RV park vacation. Create your own board and watch your RV trip take shape before your eyes!

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Mill Creek Ranch Resort
2102 N. Trade Days Blvd
Canton, Texas 75103
United States
877-927-3439

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