Okay, I promise I maybe might stop talking about picnics for a few days after this. But seriously, you guys, they’re the best. We have a very small apartment and no dining table, so our local beach park is where we do most of our entertaining. It’s always awesome. Here are ten recipes that are either easily portable or can be cooked outdoors. And did I mention they’re all completely awesome?
Of course, I prefer to drink sparkling wine or cider at a picnic, but that’s not technically legal in some parks. Passion Fruit Green Tea is super refreshing and can be enjoyed by everybody. Don’t have a sealable pitcher? Just rinse out and reuse a two liter soda bottle. And if you wanted to add a little vodka or rum to your tea, I won’t tell.
Open up a container of Fancy Pants Sausage Rolls with ham and cheddar at your next picnic. Check your watch. See how long it takes for them to disappear. If it takes more than 5 minutes, your guests are just being excessively polite.
A bag of chips and a bowl of Easy Peanut Butter Hummus is going to be so awesome at your next picnic. You can pretend to be healthy for a minute before you eat a juicy cheeseburger while also eating something ever so tasty.
Put a container of Jalapeno Deviled Eggs in your cooler. I think it’s what my mom would do. I just can’t think of one good reason to not have deviled eggs at a party. Like, how do you even know you’re having a party without them?
Mini Pork Pies are basically made to travel. We’re always trying to add a bit of English flare to all of our occasions, and I’m told pork pies are sort of the equivalent of deviled eggs in the UK. I don’t think you can have a party without them. Since you can’t just pick them up at every store here in the states, you can now make your own.
Okay, you’re going to need to bring a roll of foil with you to cook these Cuban Burgers on the grill, but seriously, that’s not too much to ask. You should also add pickles if you like them. I happen to think pickles are gross, but I love everything else about this burger, especially the spicy spread that gets slathered on the ciabatta.
Another amazing burger option is this Jalapeno Cream Cheese Stuffed Burger. Cheese on the inside, cheese on the outside, all your favorite toppings, a bit of a spicy kick. I’m in love.
Southwest Pasta Salad is one of my very favorite picnic side dishes. You can make this well ahead of time and then throw it in your cooler before you head to your picnic. The more the spicy vinaigrette soaks into the pasta, the more flavorful it becomes.
You could go to the store and pick up a tub of mushy, processed potato salad. Or you could make your own Dill Potato Salad from scratch. Fresh herbs, Yukon Gold potatoes, creamy dressing, and crunchy green onions are going to be so much better. Again, you can make it the day before, and it will just keep getting better. Do everyone a favor. Make this.
I cannot possibly hope to find the words to adequately express how amazingly buttery/fudgy these White Chocolate Chip Brownies actually are. All I can say is, you might as well not bother putting the lid back on the box. Just keep eating.
Happy picnicking, friends. See you at the beach!
I’m still thinking about summer picnics, lying on a blanket under a tree, sipping pink sparkly wine, shoes off, cookie bars waiting to be eaten. It all sounds so splendid. And it’s all so bittersweet as I’m currently stuck in bed with a mysterious chest pain. Don’t panic. I’ve been to the doctor, and it’s nothing serious, but it is seriously annoying. As long as I don’t move my upper body or breathe too heavily, I’m fine. So you know, no picnics.
So you’ll have to go without me, and you’ll have to bring dessert. I always feel like a meal is not quite complete until you’ve had something sweet. Choosing a great dessert for a picnic can be somewhat limiting. You don’t want to take anything that needs to be refrigerated up to the time of serving, and you also don’t want to take something with a lot of frosting that can melt all over the place. Cookies, brownies, and bars are the perfect option. They’re easily transportable, can be eaten without silverware, and they’re just completely delicious.
These Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are a mash up of chocolate chip cookies and Rice Krispie treats. Folded into the cookie dough is a ribbon of marshmallow fluff and crunchy crisp rice pieces that add a bit of sweet crunch. Plus, you just smash all the dough into one pan and bake it, so no scooping in multiple batches. Easy breezy.
Get on it, kids. Make yourself some Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars, head outside, and eat up.
Monday is Memorial Day, and I know this will sound completely cliche, but I can’t even handle it. How can summer be here already? Wasn’t it just Spring Break like five minutes ago? I think I’ve been working too much.
Now that summer is unofficially almost here, that means we get to start eating all of our food outside. Picnics and cookouts and barbecues and beach parties and more dining al fresco than you even knew was possible. I’m so ready. Truth be told, we do that all the time in Hawaii, but I’m ready for everybody else to join in. It’s time to get yourself a cute new hat, kids. We’re going outside.
There’s no recipe today, per se, but I have something just as awesome! Cheese!!! Constructing a cheese plate can get really expensive. My initial plan was to try to make one for $20 or less, but sadly, I failed. We may have snuck in under the radar if we had left out Geoff’s bacon cheddar spread, but we love him, so we’ll let it slide. I think if I didn’t live in the middle of the ocean where a bag of grapes costs $9, I could really make it happen. Here are a few tips for making an awesome Picnic Cheese Plate.
Those were a lot of words about cheese. I just need you to know that you don’t need to be a bajillionaire to serve a perfectly lovely cheese plate at your next get together. You’ll be able to find plenty of stuff within your price range. And you don’t have to do any cooking, so you can take it easy and hang out at your own party. And you also get to eat cheese. Awesome!