As the end of the summer nears, we are all hoping to have that one last outing. Through the years, going on a picnic has been a popular romantic option for couples. However, a picnic can be fun for everyone. Picture a day with good food, kids playing around the adults and stories being passed down through the generations. Everyone comes together but there is not one home left to prepare and clean-up afterwards.
The four recipes below were chosen because they are easy, versatile and a spin on all-time favorites. Ham and cheese sandwiches are found at may gatherings but Ree Drummond brings us a loaf that makes the sandwich unique and an easy finger food. The goal is to pack as little as possible for the day out. No need for more work when trying to have a good time with family and friends.
If you do choose a location with a grill, consider reading Healthy Summer Grilling: 5 Sizzling Recipes
Caprese salad is a delicious combination of flavors and colors. Most of us are familiar with the large slice of mozzarella that is topped with a slice of tomato, basil leaf and a bit of balsamic vinaigrette. Delicious but not portable or finger food friendly.
These Caprese Bites bring the flavor packed recipe to the picnic with ease. There are many options for how to make these. You can assemble them completely at home and arrive ready to enjoy.
If your destination is a bit further from home you may want to create the skewers but hold off on the balsamic. Take it along in a small container and pour over the top when ready to serve.
Ham and Cheese Loaf
This recipe for Ham and Cheese Loaf starts off with frozen bread dough. What an easy way to start off a delicious recipe.
Ree Drummond walks us through six steps that result in a on-the-go sandwich that is sure to be a crowd pleaser. You won’t want to wait until picnic day to start creating this. The total prep and cooking time is 9 hours and 30 minutes. You need to set out the frozen dough the night before.
If cheddar is not your favorite then just change it up to a cheese of your choice. Check out the comments on this recipe. So many good tips.
Cowboy Caviar brings a flavor packed favorite to your picnic. It is perfect for the last minute invite. Toss your ingredients together, place in the refrigerator, and go get yourself ready. An hour later, you are on the way with pita chips and caviar.
The recipe makes 8 – 10 servings. If you need more, increase the recipe without worrying about leftovers. This is good cold or room temperature. Maybe add to lunch or dinner the next day. You may even spot picnic goers adding it to their burger.
Dill Benedictine Dip
Dill Benedictine Dip brings the wow to you vegetable platter. This yogurt base dip recipe creates 4 to 6 servings in just over an hour. Keep in mind that you will need one hour to refrigerate. It is dairy based so don’t forget a small cooler or a pan of ice to set it on.
Your options are limitless when choosing vegetables. Go with the standard carrots, cucumbers and cherry tomatoes or mix it up by adding radishes, peppers and more.
As always, read the recipe comments at the bottom. Good reviews and some tips to add Dill Benedictine Dip to more meals.
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