Let’s Have a Picnic! Here are 17 food ideas. Check out the recipes. They’re easy to make.
Savory and Seafoods
These roasted Pecorino cheese chicken drumsticks are a tasty, flavor-filled alternative to fried chicken. Eat it hot or cold, the flavor is always delicious.
I took the easy way out on this one and bought a smoked beef brisket from Costco food store. Popped it in the oven. When it was ready, I made piles of thin slices. Ready for a picnic.
Take the sea to the beach, that is seafood of course! Just pack the seafood in an ice chest, grab the camp stove and you’re all set to go. Oh, don’t forget the blankets and pillows and, well you know, all that other stuff for a great picnic!
Salads and Side Dishes
Cold pasta salads are perfect for picnics. For this one, make it ahead but pack some of the ingredients separate to mix later at the picnic table, such as the basil pesto.
Having a family reunion picnic? Surely someone has brought a big bowl of mashed potatoes. Why not make it a big bowl of fork smashed red potatoes garnished with lots of real chopped bacon!
Why call this dish Almost Cream-Style Corn? It's made with frozen corn. For me, true cream-style corn is made with fresh sweet corn cut right off the cob, juice and all. But fresh corn on the cob isn't always in season! That's when I use frozen corn.
Dessert, Snack, and Drinks
When you're a Yankee like me reared by a southern woman, one of the many dishes you must learn how to make is a peach cobbler. It's most often served with homemade vanilla ice cream. Our family picnics always ended with the magical moment of eating peach cobbler and vanilla ice cream--memory making moments that last a lifetime.
Cool off from the hot weather of an outdoor picnic with an old fashion root beer float. Easy to make with lots of ice, ice cream and a great (not just good) bottle of root beer.
One of my most popular cocktails is this ice cream brandy Alexander, especially during the winter holiday season. But I love it too for those hot summer days. Having a backyard picnic? Be sure to set up the bar with vanilla ice cream, brandy, and crème de Cacao liqueur. Your guest will love you even more
What’s you favorite picnic food?
Here’s another picnic suggestion: Try a theme picnic.
See my post on “7 Fabulous Themes For Let’s Have A Picnic!”
Vegetables on a Skewer
From my photography story about Ladies Grill for Breakfast (But We Ate as Noon). This vegetable skewer, as you can see, includes button mushrooms, zucchini thin slices and red bell peppers. The veggies were tossed well in olive oil, seasoned with salt and pepper, and grilled until tender. Yummy!