Chopped Salad with Steak and Fresh Herbs

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Posted by Roth McCoy | Posted in Picnic Food And Recipes, Recipes with Meat | Posted on 07-07-2015

Chopped Salad with Steak and Fresh Herbs

One of the best things about going on a picnic or taking to the woods is having a meal to match the environment and this dish can do that and more.

By having a cool salad that can be made up ahead of time with the dressing already on it makes for a quick and easy meal on the go. Also this salad takes advantage of using any left-overs you may have on hand in the fridge. Those little bits of steak, a small bite of cheese, or any number of raw vegetables can be added to the basic study Romaine lettuce and still hold up for travel.  Even the croutons are made from day old or stale bread so new life is given to those hidden treasures in your kitchen for this popular salad.

Many restaurants have offered a version of a chopped salad over the years and it gets a make-over every now and then but the popularity stays high among picnickers since it is a durable and easy to prepare salad. So as you look at the ingredients feel free to adjust and substitute as you need to make best use of what you have on hand. This is not necessarily one of those recipes you will carry to the grocery store looking for ingredients rather look at what you have and more than likely you have everything you need already.

A little extra dressing does not hurt.

A little extra dressing does not hurt.

Here are the ingredients for the salad and the basic notion is to use a good sturdy item that has not been cut too small so as to hold up to the dressing and to some time in travel or storage.

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Salpicón : Mexican Skirt steak salad great for picnics  

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Posted by Roth McCoy | Posted in Recipes with Meat, World Recipes | Posted on 24-05-2015

 

This dish is very common in Mexico. It’s fresh and flavorful. Perfect for a hot weather, it is a great option to take on a picnic, although I recommend to mix the oil and lemon at the very end, right before serving, so the ingredients do not wilt and the lettuce remains fresh and crunchy.

Salpicón Ready to Serve

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Coronation Chicken

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Posted by Roth McCoy | Posted in Recipes with Meat | Posted on 04-07-2014

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A Moist and Tender Chicken Dish, in a Lightly Spiced Curry Sauce

Coronation Chicken is an extremely versatile dish and can be made with just a subtle hint of spices, or a stronger ‘kick’ if desired – it is entirely up to you!
This dish first came to fame at the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, but an earlier version was made as far back as 1935, for the jubilee year of King George V. The basis of the dish is cold cooked chicken breast with a creamy mayonnaise sauce and curry paste, but we have added a few little ‘delights’ to really make this dish sing. In this case, apricots and sultanas are the fruity addition, but you can use peaches or mango as well. Usually served with a saffron rice, this can either be mixed into the chicken, or served on the side as a separate dish, but you can also use any leftover rice from the previous day (as long as it has been refrigerated overnight).
Easily transportable and ideal for picnics, it can be prepared up to 2 days in advance and stored in an airtight container ready to take on your day out. The longer the dish is kept refrigerated, the more the flavour of the sauce develops. The beauty of this dish is that it really does go with everything – other meats, seafood or side dishes. Soft and tender chicken in this delightful sauce will really please your friends, family or guests.

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Jamaican Jerk Pasties

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Posted by Roth McCoy | Posted in Finger Food, Recipes with Meat | Posted on 01-07-2014

Lean Minced Beef with Caribbean Spices, Encased in a Rich and Crisp Puff Pastry

A lovely taste of the Caribbean, these pasties will make you think of tropical beaches and warm summer breezes when on your picnic.
Jerk seasoning is a spice mix which contains cinnamon, nutmeg, chilli, thyme (main ingredients) but all Jamaicans have their own version. Nowadays, you can buy excellent Jerk spice mixes and rubs from most supermarkets as it has become very popular to use as a mix and also as a marinade for barbecued meats. It can be used with any meat, or even fish, but pork, beef and chicken particularly benefit from its flavour.
One of the things you don’t want to worry about when planning a picnic is whether your food will ‘travel’ and still be in one piece at the end of the journey. These pasties are very hardy and can withstand any bumpy journey! They can also be made in advance, so you have an instant dish ready to go. They can also be frozen for up to one month.
Your picnics won’t be bland with these delicious pasties – you can make them full size like we have, or lots of ‘mini’ ones for snacks – not just great for picnics, but super party snack as well.

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Savory/Sweet Souped-up Potato Salad

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Posted by Mia | Posted in Picnic Food And Recipes, Recipes with Meat, Summer Picnic Ideas | Posted on 10-09-2012

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What picnic is complete without potato salad? It’s the staple of picnic foods– the problem is though, it can be so — well, bland! A few extra ingredients, however, can turn potato salad into a palate-awakening experience and make it the star of the table. Try this savory/sweet potato salad at your next picnic, sure to be a refreshing change from plain old deli potato salad!

savory/sweet potato salad

savory/sweet potato salad

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