It’s one thing to prepare a big Thanksgiving dinner; it’s another to put it in your Honda and drive to grandma’s house! Whether you’re driving across the Midwest, around the corner in Dayton, or down the road in Richmond, IN, just one sharp turn or stop and you’ll be scrubbing gravy off the floorboards until next holiday season.
The best bites for travel are those that can be securely packaged with no danger of leaking or getting destroyed along the bumps in the road. After all, you need to make sure your contribution to the meal can make the trip worthwhile. (Quick tip: gravy is not the answer.) These easy Thanksgiving recipes turn out top-notch results that won’t mind a ride in the car this holiday season.
Cracked Pepper Dinner Rolls
A homemade dinner roll is a real treat, and what better time than Thanksgiving to bake a few dozen! The cracked pepper adds an unusual and delicious kick, and the only travel trick is to put them in an airtight container (to ensure that just-baked freshness) placed in a spot where they won’t get smashed.
Millionaire’s Candied Bacon
This is an incredible sweet-and-salty treat to serve before or after dinner. Plus, with only two ingredients, it’s super easy to make! Seal it in a plastic container when you hit the road, and bring your serving dish so you can display it (for as long as it lasts!) when you arrive at your dinner destination.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
This delectable side dish makes a great travel companion because there’s no fancy topping: if they jostle around a bit in transit, simply jostle them back when it’s time to serve! Keep them warm on the trip with insulated containers or reheat them when you arrive.
This salad features fall favorites like pecans and dried cherries (or you could substitute dried cranberries!). It’s easy to toss together, and it makes a great Thanksgiving food for your road trip because it is good served chilled or at room temperature. Secure it in a container with a tight lid, and give it another toss upon arrival.
Slow Cooker Green Beans
Conserve that stove and oven space! After a little stove-top prep work, you put the green beans and other ingredients in the slow cooker for three hours. If you’re planning to arrive several hours before dinner, mix it up ahead of time and plug it in when you arrive. Otherwise, you can cook it at home and transport it right there in the slow cooker.
Pumpkin Spice Pretzel Bites
The secret ingredient in these pretzel bites: refrigerated biscuit dough! Dough pieces are rolled into balls and baked, then tossed in a butter and pumpkin spice mixture. It’s another easy traveler. Pack them loosely in a container, seal the lid, and display on your serving platter after you arrive. They won’t crush or spill!
Cranberry, Walnut, and Gorgonzola Cheese Ball
More fall flavors are packed into this cheese ball. Simply mix the ingredients and shape the mass into a ball! Roll in walnut pieces to finish, then wrap it in plastic wrap. For travel, you’ll want to place it in a small container within a cooler, so you can keep it cold but it won’t get squashed against other items. Add a couple packages of crackers and you’ve got an easy Thanksgiving appetizer that seems decadent and perfectly holiday-worthy.
Sweet Potato and Chorizo Sausage Bites
Skip the sweet potato casserole and make these travel-friendly bites instead. Just mix the ingredients, roll into balls, and bake. If Thanksgiving Day is too busy for any extra prep work, you can actually prepare these ahead of time, freeze them, and bake them straight from the freezer!
Safe Thanksgiving Travels, Everyone
All the best on your holiday road trip to gramma’s! Wherever your holiday travels take you, we wish you (and your meal) a safe journey.
If you need a reliable vehicle that keeps everyone safe—and everything secure—head into your nearest Miami Valley Honda Dealers showroom. We have amazing holiday Honda deals on equally amazing new vehicles like the CR-V and new 2019 Odyssey, the latter of which comes complete with a handy built-in HondaVAC vacuum system—you know, just in case you spill some green bean casserole.
Find your closest Honda dealership in Dayton, Tipp City, Beavercreek, Springfield, or Richmond today. And have a very merry Thanksgiving break.