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Any Ideas for Picnic Food?

I love doing picnics with friends but seem to run out of ideas for easy-to-make and transport dishes that are something other than the normal sandwich stuff. I like to do dishes that don't require a lot of fancy ingredients. Any ideas?

asked by katiebakes over 5 years ago

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hardlikearmour

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added over 5 years ago

Last summer food52 had a picnic dish contest which generated a lot of entries: http://www.food52.com/contests...

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HalfPint

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added over 5 years ago

Pasta Salad like an Orzo, feta, basil, tomato combo dressed with citrus vinaigrette.
Hummus or bean dips and crudites & chips
Fruit salads or kebabs

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added over 5 years ago

In today's article called Too Many Cooks here is what Nozlee had at her picnic, picture at this link
http://food52.com/blog...
"And on Sunday, two friends and I had a picnic in McCarren Park to celebrate the warm weather with rosé, crackers, Italian lard bread, charcuterie (including something called "Baby Jesus salami," which was unexpectedly delicious), and cheese."
- Nozlee

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added over 5 years ago

Make some quinoa, cool, and add some thawed frozen green beans cut small, chopped walnuts, and dried cranberries. Add a splash of balsamic and of olive oil and chill. Can be served at room temp.

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added over 5 years ago

A nice homemade scotch egg, or pork pie with a tasty chutney is always a winner here....

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added over 5 years ago

Small galettes filled with fruit and cheese!

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added over 5 years ago

Also, mini quiches or fritatas made in a muffin tin are excellent hand-held dishes.

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added over 5 years ago

My friends and I always get an assortment of good bread, cheeses, some crackers, some fruit and/or crudités, some charcuterie of one sort or another, olives, almonds or pistachios, wine and prosecco/cava/champagne, and really good chocolates or cookies or cupcakes. And we often also have a giant Caramello for reasons that have long been forgotten. Keep it in the cooler though. Lessons learned. I love the idea of an assortment of different salads (pasta, quinoa, veggies) served in individual take out containers.

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added over 5 years ago

Paupiettes (French) or involtini (Italian) stuffed beef rolls make elegant and unusual picnic fare. Can be prepped days ahead of time with a variety of simple stuffings, transported chilled, and cut into slices for serving at the picnic site. Or, try wrapping prosciutto or smoked salmon around stalks of barely-cooked asparagus. When tomato season starts, you can't go wrong with a caprese salad.

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added over 5 years ago

Paupiettes (French) or involtini (Italian) stuffed beef rolls make elegant and unusual picnic fare. Can be prepped days ahead of time with a variety of simple stuffings, transported chilled, and cut into slices for serving at the picnic site. Or, try wrapping prosciutto or smoked salmon around stalks of barely-cooked asparagus. When tomato season starts, you can't go wrong with a caprese salad.

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added over 5 years ago

Sushi (not the raw fish kind) or rice balls make a good picnic w/ chicken teriyaki. (Simple chix teri - equal parts soysauce, sugar, sake, & a tablespoon of fresh grated ginger - heat until bubbling - longer you heat on low, it will thicken up a bit.) Marinade chicken pieces in some sauce & then bbq. Reserve some sauce for serving/dipping.
ALSO, I found a great picnic meal from Giada @ foodtv.com. If you search their site, you can find some suggestions. The one I liked was Penne w/ Beef & Argula. (instead of popovers, i like mini gougeres - google tartine gougere recipe & you'll find a great one!)

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Fruit kabobs with Greek yoghurt

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