Picnics are a great opportunity to get outside and enjoy yourself, to take time to relax and break away from our busy schedules. Picnics bring to mind picnic tables covered with red and white checkered tablecloths and lots of food laid out to enjoy all day long. The smell of barbecue in the air and good family and friends to share this with. Here are some recipes I thought you might enjoy making for your next picnic or create one in your own back yard, the kids always love that idea. Here are my picks for picnic recipes, I am sure you will find something that you will enjoy.
Summer Tea Sandwiches – These may look like dainty finger sandwiches, but they are amazing and the simple solution is to make a lot of them. They look so appetizing and they taste even better. I love the taste of tarragon especially with chicken and with the addition of cucumber and cantaloupe slices, these are a cool crust-less delight at a picnic or as an hors d oeuvres for any occasion.
Refrigerator Garden Pickles – This recipe requires no canning skills and is very easy to make. Crisp, tender and tangy pickles are a great side dish and a great addition to your picnic basket. I love to keep a jar of these around for snacking on any time, they go great with burgers and hot dogs or whatever you’re cooking. Pick and choose the vegetables to suit your taste, I love cauliflower, almost as much as my husband does and pickling a big batch of only that vegetable would be a big hit with him.
Picnic Chicken with Yogurt Dip – It would not be a picnic without some fried chicken and this recipe is even more delicious when dipped in the yogurt dip. Delicious served hot right out of the oven or the next day at your picnic, you can’t go wrong with this recipe, just make sure that you pack lots of napkins even though this is finger licking good.
Picnic Berry Shortcakes – Whenever I hear the word shortcakes, I remember mom making us little shortcakes topped with fresh strawberries she sliced and sprinkled with sugar. She would spoon a big pile of them on the bread and top it off with a heap of whipping cream. These little jars take it to the next level and mom would have loved this recipe. Looking very picnic festive in their little canning jars, you will love the fresh berries topped with the berry sauce which you can make ahead of time.
Loaded Baked Potato Salad – Sounds delicious and taste even better. This recipe tastes so much like your eating a baked potato with all the fixings, it is sure to be a hit when you pull it out of your picnic basket. I love a good baked potato stuffed with sour cream, bacon and onion, now add in some hard-cooked eggs, cheese, pickles and mayonnaise and you have taken it over the top. Made with red potatoes, which you leave on making this potato salad easier to make and it just would not be a picnic if you did not have a great big bowl to enjoy with the other great food.
Well, there you have it, five great recipe picks for the next time you decide to pack it up and head out for a picnic. Make sure you keep an eye out because if Yogi Bear is around, he is almost a sure bet that he will be trying to snatch your picnic basket for himself and Booboo!
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