Posted by mendoza | Posted in Picnic Food And Recipes | Posted on 27-03-2010
Design Your Sandwiches
Sandwiches are always the ‘star’ in picnic outings. Easy to make and delicious to look at, sandwiches are really perfect picnic foods They are also the most versatile because almost anything can be made into sandwiches. By just using a bit of creativity during preparation, any sandwich can look lip smacking and taste really delectable.
More often than not, most ingredients for simple but tasty picnic sandwich recipes are found inside the kitchen. Or outside the house, if there’s a herbal and vegetable garden in the backyard. Simple recipes for sandwiches may need just a dollop of mayonnaise (together with some cheese and ham and tomatoes and cucumber and onions) spread in between two slices of loaf bread, or buns, or pita, or panini. With some imagination, lettuce can be substituted by arugula or fresh basil leaves. Sandwiches can also go singles and open-topped just like pizzas.
Easy Tips on Sandwich-Making
Do you always have soggy and sad-looking picnic sandwiches? No more worries now because your next sandwiches will remain fresh and firm from the moment they were packed in picnic baskets until they were served on picnic tables. The secret is on the method of preparation of sandwich ingredients.
Tip #1: After thoroughly washing leafy vegetables (like lettuce and sprouts), put them in a strainer and drain well. Arrange these vegetables on two layers of absorbent paper towels to dry. When slicing juicy vegetables (such as tomatoes and cucumbers), pat both sides of each slice on a paper towel to remove dampness.
Tip #2: Remove excess oil, meat juice, or wetness from the meat fillings. Cold cuts like ham or salami would get shiny with their own fat when warmed in the oven. Hotdogs and burger patties have more fat content because they are fried in oil. Arrange the cooked meat on screen wires to drain and pat dry on paper towels before putting on bread.
Tip #3: Do not wrap or pack sandwiches that are still hot. Moisture that would build up inside a closed container will make your sandwiches wet and mushy.
Picnic Ham and Cheese Bite-Sized Sandwiches
This is the most common sandwich that almost anyone could prepare with his eyes closed. But your ham-and-cheese picnic sandwich need not look and taste boring. Don’t just slap two slices of ham and cheese in between breads. Why not cut the bread into four and create cute sandwiches that fit a single bite?
6 pairs of sliced whole wheat loaf bread, cut into quartets
3 cups thinly sliced ham, cut into same size with bread
1 cup sliced cheese, cut into same size with bread
3 medium ripe tomatoes, sliced to form ringlets
2 cups lettuce, shredded
½ cup cherry tomatoes or grapes or berries, as garnishing
How to: On top of bread, arrange several slices of ham and cheese; then add a ring of tomato and a shred of lettuce; and garnish a single cherry tomato or grape or berry at the center of the bread. To avoid toppling the mini-tower sandwich, push a short stick right through the decorative garnishing on top. Serve with hot or cold drinks.
Open-Topped Picnic Sandwiches for Kids
Here’s another mini-sized sandwich recipe. Let your kids call them small pizzas because they have similar ingredients minus the sauce. Bake or no bake, these picnic munchies taste good and give energy to everybody. There’s a lot of cutting to do but it will be worth the effort when you hear the appreciative oh’s and ah’s while they are being eaten.
2 pieces long bread, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
4 cups hotdogs or sausages, cut into cubes
½ cup white onion , cut into cubes
2 cups cheese cubes
1 tsp olive oil or butter
1 Tbsp parsley, minced
How to: On a non-stick pan, stir-fry hotdogs or sausages with oil or butter over medium heat until slightly toasted. Stir in onions and cheese. Sprinkle minced parsley. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. Scoop one tablespoon of mixture and arrange on top of each bread slice. Serve with cold drinks.
Smoked Salmon and Caviar Sandwich Recipe for Picnic
Both smoked salmon and caviar are expensive. But this classy sandwich recipe calls for a special occasion that does not want to make a fuss about it. Most couples seek silence and solitude during bonding time. Picnic outings are one of the simplest ways of communing with Mother Nature. Sharing each other’s secret thoughts becomes more natural when surrounded with fresh country air or when looking far out to the sea. Feel more recharged while savoring the exotic taste of the smoked salmon and caviar sandwich with your loved one.
1 piece long and round white bread, cut into thin slices
½ cup smoked salmon flakes
¼ cup caviar
½ cup whipped cream
How to: Spread whipped cream on bread. Arrange a half teaspoon of smoked salmon flaked on top. Garnish with ¼ teaspoon of caviar. Create sandwiches with only caviar or salmon on top. On a flat-surfaced plate, arrange the canapés along each other according to their toppings. Serve with a glass of white wine.
Bring Your Family to a Picnic Everyday
Do not just make sandwiches for snacks. Always add some color or some zest in your sandwich creations to turn every snack to picnic time.
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