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Picnic Food Ideas for Adults
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Posted 01 November 2012 - 06:49 AM
We are off to A Day On The Green in a couple of weeks and I am after some yummy picnic food ideas. We are unable to take knives etc in of course so things that can be precut. Don't mind cooking beforehand.
Posted 01 November 2012 - 06:54 AM
Mini quiches/tartlets home made
Popcorn, nuts and cheese platter with a few different kinds of crackers and dips.
Dried fruit pieces
Chocolate dipped strawberries
Cob loaf pre cut with the dip transported separately on the day and assembled at the venue....
Posted 01 November 2012 - 07:01 AM
Soft cheeses (camembert, blue vein, brie)
Posted 01 November 2012 - 07:26 AM
Well obviously sandwiches, but make the fillings more interesting than what you'd normally have at home, things like meatloaf make a really tasty and substantial sandwich.
Another delicious 'picnic' food is chicken breast, flattened with a meat mallet, spread with a mixture of pesto and crumbled feta, a couple of asparagus spears placed on top, roll up chicken breast around mixture and roast for 20 minutes. Leave to rest for 10 minutes then slice 2cm thick or just cut in half, whatever you prefer. This is just as yummy cold as hot, and easy to transport (just remember the ice bricks to keep it cold).
Tortillas/Spanish omelette can be served cold in a sandwich also (or just as they are with a dollop of chutney on top):
- 4 eggs
- 1/4C cream or milk
- zest of 1 lemon
- 2 sliced onions
- 4Tbsp olive oil
- lots of fresh basil leaves
1) Whisk eggs, cream, zest and season with S&P.
2) Heat fry-pan over low heat and cook onions in oil 5-10 mins until soft, raise heat and add egg mixture.
3) As it cooks pull the edges of the mixture away from the side and into the middle of the pan so the rest of the mixture spreads and cooks.
4) When surface of egg is just set and base of tortilla browned, invert onto plate and slide back into fry-pan so the other side can brown.
5) When cold, cut into wedges and make into sandwiches on turkish bread with the fresh basil leaves.
I also love cold homemade bacon and egg pies, and you can add anything you want like cheese, mushroom, spinach, peas, tomato etc.
Just checking out a couple of my recipe books and there is this that I've always wanted to try:
Peanut Noodle Salad - 250g egg noodles, 1C crunchy peanut butter, 3Tbsp grated fresh ginger (I would probably use ground because I'm lazy), 3 cloves garlic peeled and crushed, 2Tbsp sweet chilli sauce, 1/2C soy sauce. Cook noodles, drain, rinse in cold water and drain well again. Mix all dressing ingredients together. Just before serving toss noodles in dressing. Serve with blanched and cooled asparagus, snow peas and green beans.
Sorry about the lengthy post, have fun on your picnic! And don't forget the many different cookies, slices, fudges and muffins you can take with you
Posted 06 November 2012 - 06:38 AM
Thx for the replies, off to search for a recipe for egg & bacon pie. Remembered I had a mini quiche recipe with a couple of different fillings. Will definitely be packing cheese & crackers.
Posted 07 November 2012 - 07:00 PM
Here's a list of some of my favourite picnic foods:
- individual meat pies
- quiche or frittata
- sandwiches and tortilla wraps
- salmon: cold cooked salmon or smoked
- cold buffalo wings
- cheese, crackers, bread
Devilled eggs are also a sure hit, as well as hummus and pita chips.
Posted 08 November 2012 - 10:09 AM
We had a picnic recently and our firends bought homemade rice paper rolls - with chicken or prawns and a sweet soy dipping sauce - oh my god they were devine and a nice 'fresh' option other than the standard quiche/cheese/dips etc.
Posted 10 November 2012 - 03:51 PM
Lucky you - Day On The Green events are my favourite
There's been lots of lovely food suggestions but, I would like to add one of my all time must haves for a picnic is a beautiful terrine. I particularly like chicken ones. You can serve with some really good crusty bread, good quality relish or chutney, Jarlsberg or Swiss cheese and cos lettuce.
I haven't made this exact recipe but, I've made similar chicken and pistachio terrines in the past. They're an absolute hit at picnics.
Chicken & Pistachio Terrine
Posted 10 November 2012 - 09:17 PM
how about yummy california rolls. they keep well when made day before.
also for a dense and filling salad, i love freekah with pomegranate, raisins and any other seasonal vegetable or nut you like. heaps of recipes with this on the net. also keeps well.
also love grilled vegetables marinated in oliive oil, organo and balsamic vinigar served with crispy bread, mmmm yum
Edited by bloodorange, 10 November 2012 - 09:18 PM.
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