The time has come for dining al fresco. For picnics, potlucks, backyard barbecues, cookouts at the beach, and all other kitchen free eating. Today I’ve got a round up for you of recipes that you can cook or prep ahead. These are all things that are easily transportable and either don’t need to be refrigerated or could fit in a small cooler. The next time you’re invited to a party, you won’t be at a loss for what to bring. It’s gonna be awesome.
Starters, Snacks & Sides
Everybody wants something to snack on while their waiting for the main meal to come off the grill. And of course, a hot dog on a plate all by itself is just sad. Here are some things to get you started, fill out that epic cheese plate, or accompany your burgers and dogs.
Easy Peanut Butter Hummus – serve with veggies or chips to keep people from lurking around the grill
Fancy Pants Sauage Rolls – These are great hot or cold, so pack them in your picnic for sure
Southwest Pasta Salad – Mayo-free and full of flavor
Blue Cheese Crackers – That’s right, you made your own crackers
Picnic Cheese Plate – Be a hero and bring a simple, affordable, and totally delicious cheese plate for the gang
Dill Potato Salad – This is potato salad with a dash of elegance
Loaded Baked Potato Salad – This is that trashed up potato salad that you’ve been dreaming of
Homemade Oat Cakes – Another option to serve with some really great cheese
On the Grill
Because we’ve all decided that frozen burgers are the worst, I want to make it easy for you to always have the best burgers. Make your patties ahead of time, pack them on ice, and throw them on the grill when you’re ready.
Jalapeno Cream Cheese-Stuffed Burgers – A burger with a spicy surprise
Cuban Burger – Add pickles if you’re into that because they really should be there
Spicy Southwest Burgers – You won’t be able to keep your hands off them
Basic Burgers – My tips for making awesome burgers with whatever’s in your kitchen
So this section is the longest because, let’s face it, I’m gonna ask to bring dessert. But you have to plan properly if you want people to eat something delicious instead of sad and melty. All these recipes are very easy to transport and serve outside and don’t need to be refrigerated.
Go eat outside while you can, kids!