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Food ideas for 4th of July outdoor concert - Tanglewood

I need ideas for food that can safely stay out for a few hours while watching a concert and fireworks show. My ideas so far: baguette, salami, cheese, olives, nuts, and pickles. Recipes for salads, not mayo based, would be appreciated. Additionally, I thought homemade cookies or brownies might be nice for dessert. Thank you for any menu ideas or outdoor concert wisdom you might share!

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asked 5 months ago

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added 5 months ago

my favorite sandwiches which would probably work are avocado and jack cheese. choose whatever bread/roll/pita you like with some lettuce, sprinkling of thin slices of red onion. a couple of different salads (i like lentil in vinegrette with carrot/onion/olives scattered with feta crumbles or pasta salad in vinagrette with artichoke hearts) and some sliced fruit (watermelon, strawberries, peaches etc. whatever is available). have a great time!

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my favorite sandwiches which would probably work are avocado and jack cheese. choose whatever bread/roll/pita you like with some lettuce, sprinkling of thin slices of red onion. a couple of different salads (i like lentil in vinegrette with carrot/onion/olives scattered with feta crumbles or pasta salad in vinagrette with artichoke hearts) and some sliced fruit (watermelon, strawberries, peaches etc. whatever is available). have a great time!

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I am not a fan of preassembled sandwiches, especially in warm weather. You'd be better off bringing the ingredients separately and doing final assembly on site.

A lot of Japanese food can be safely consumed as picnic items. For example, part of the logic behind adding vinegar to sushi rice was to delay spoilage; Japan was a rural country for centuries, did not have reliable refrigeration and their summers are notoriously hot and humid. The Japanese are huge on pickles as well as cooked/dried/treated items (fish, poultry, meat, etc.).

Not sure if you care to eat Japanese food since your original post makes no reference to any Asian options (or any other non-Western options for that matter).

Assuming you can bring in insulated containers/bags, I don't see why you can't add menu items such as cold roasted chicken or dishes like a vinegar-based potato salad.

Again, there's that vinegar thing showing up. Maybe people around the globe figured this out centuries ago...

Cookies and brownies are a good dessert option, although I always look first to fresh fruit. But that's just me...

Good luck.

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added 5 months ago

Watermelon, cucumber, feta and cilantro. Slice the melon and cukes, use as sandwich fillings or toppings. Or cube the produce, add vinaigrette at last minute at site and call it salad (not earlier or the watermelon dissolves).
Dessert...stars and stripes frosting on cupcakes, or an American-flag cake in a lasagna pan. Sparklers (if allowed, and not coals to Newcastle).

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added 5 months ago

I like to pack a cooler and include cold chicken - either roasted or fried. For me that's quintessential picnic food. I would also do a Nicoise style potato salad (no mayo in the dressing). Here's a link to the potato salad recipe. https://food52.com/recipes...

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added 5 months ago

Potato salad with an oil and vinegar dressing. Tandoori spiced roasted chicken in a cooler. Sandwiches made during the picnic. Tomato salad made during the picnic. Tomato slices w herbs and olive oil and a little crumbled feta w some lemon juice, salt and pepper. Kale salad, even though it is no longer au courant, travels well. I love pie for a picnic, but brownies, cookies, and sliced fruit would also be delicious. Another cooler with water, seltzer, wine and juice. Lots of napkins. Sounds wonderful! Oh, and a good ham for sandwiches, and olives.

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added 5 months ago

Pan Bagna is a sandwich meant to be left sitting around. It is delicious on a picnic. It means " soaked bread". You hollow out a loaf of bread and fill it with a dressing, tuna, greens,olive etc. and slice it at the picnic. Epicurious has recipes for it.

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added 5 months ago

I've made this potato salad for a couple of years now - no mayo. Tasty, easy to prepare & filling.
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