17 Great Recipes For Let's Have A Picnic!

Let’s Have a Picnic! Here are 17 food ideas. Check out the recipes. They’re easy to make.

Savory and Seafoods

chicken drumsticks roasted in shredded Pecorino Romano Cheese

chicken drumsticks roasted in shredded Pecorino Romano Cheese

Roasted Pecorino Romano Cheese Chicken Drumsticks

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.

 
pulled pork sandwich

pulled pork sandwich

Pulled Pork With Country Style Pork Spare Ribs

You can make this pulled pork over-night in a crock pot and it will be ready to just pack it up for your outdoor outing.

 
hot dog served Chicago style

hot dog served Chicago style

Faux Chicago-Style Hot Dog

Hot dogs are always a picnic favorite. Bump up the flavor of this faux Chicago-style hot dog when grilling at your picnic site.

 
smoked beef brisket sandwich with caramelized onions

smoked beef brisket sandwich with caramelized onions

Sandwich Idea: Smoked Beef Brisket And Caramelized Onions

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.

 
crab boil with shirmps, sausages, corn and potatoes

crab boil with shirmps, sausages, corn and potatoes

Dungeness Crab Shrimp And Sausage Boil

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!

 
blackened tuna steak

blackened tuna steak

Blackened Tuna Steaks With Mango Salsa

Another great food for outdoor grilling at the picnic are fresh tuna steaks. Serve it hot with cold sweet mango salsa.

 

Salads and Side Dishes

penne pasta salad with prosciutto ham

penne pasta salad with prosciutto ham

Penne Pasta And Prosciutto Salad

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.

 
potato salad with mini-sweet pickles

potato salad with mini-sweet pickles

Plain Ole' Potato Salad

I’m just a plain ole’ potato salad kind of gal. So I make mine the way my grandmother did, no sugar. The sweetness comes from the small sweet pickles.

 
coleslaw and raisins and cream cheese and mayonnaise dressing

coleslaw and raisins and cream cheese and mayonnaise dressing

Coleslaw With Napa Cabbage

Grilling ribs at your picnic? Make this delicious coleslaw to go along with it. A sour cream and mayonnaise dressing is mixed with raisins and shredded vegetables.

 
folk smashed red potatoes with bacon

folk smashed red potatoes with bacon

Fork Smashed Red Potatoes

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!

 
cream-style corn from frozen corn with ham bits

cream-style corn from frozen corn with ham bits

Almost Cream-Style Corn With Ham Bits

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. 

 
corn-on-the-cob roasted in its husk

corn-on-the-cob roasted in its husk

Roasted Corn-On-The Cob With Husk On

I had cooked corn-on-the-cob roasted in the oven. But if you’re firing up the grill for a picnic, preparation is the same.

 

Dessert, Snack, and Drinks

peach cobbler dessert

peach cobbler dessert

Peach Cobbler

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.

 
grilled peaches

grilled peaches

How To Pan Grill Peaches

How to pan grill peaches is my second option for grill peaches. But when firing up that bad-boy grill, don’t miss a chance to throw on the peaches too.

 
hard-boiled eggs stuffed with olive muffalata

hard-boiled eggs stuffed with olive muffalata

Olive Muffalata Stuffed Hard-Boiled Eggs

Spice up the hard-boiled eggs with an olive muffalata. You can get the muffalata in the cheese department at the grocery.

 
Root Beer Float

Root Beer Float

How To Make An Old Fashion Root Beer Float

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.

 
Ice Cream Brandy Alexander

Ice Cream Brandy Alexander

Ice Cream Brandy Alexander

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?

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Here’s another picnic suggestion: Try a theme picnic.

See my post on “7 Fabulous Themes For Let’s Have A Picnic!

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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!