Posted by Roth McCoy | Posted in Picnic Food And Recipes | Posted on 11-02-2010
Food Ideas for an Easter Picnic
As far as holidays across the world go, Easter is very popular. When people think of Easter, many of them think of the Easter bunny, dyed eggs, baskets, baby chicks, and other cultural traditions. But, an Easter picnic is also a great way to celebrate the holiday. Easter is in the spring, which means the weather will almost always be absolutely perfect for a nice family picnic outdoors. This article will talk about some preparations you can make to hold your own Easter picnic, including ideas for main courses, food garnishes, and other dishes. We’ll also talk a bit about decorations you can add to the picnic to give it an Easter flair.
Holding an Easter Picnic: Traditional Easter Foods
As with most major holidays, Easter has foods that are traditionally associated with it that people all across the world typically enjoy at that time of year. Chocolate is, of course, a major part of Easter celebrations. Roast lamb is typically the meat of choice, as is ham, in most households. The trick is to find a way to incorporate these ideas into an Easter picnic, since most of the time these foods are eaten at a dinner or feast.
One idea for a main course for a picnic that incorporates traditional Easter main courses is creating roast lamb pitas. This is a delicious way to eat roast lamb that also has its roots in the Middle East – which makes it appropriate for a holiday that celebrates an event that occurred in the Middle East! You will need:
– 2 pounds of lamb that has been cubed
– 1 medium-sized yellow onion that has been chunked
– 2 green peppers, chunked
– 1 ½ teaspoon of garlic, crushed
– ½ teaspoon of tumeric
– ½ teaspoon of coriander
– 3 ½ tablespoons of lemon juice
– 2 large tomatoes, wedged
– 2/3 cup of vegetable oil
– ½ teaspoon of cumin
– ½ teaspoon of basil
First, combine all of your spices into a bowl with the oil and lemon juice. Add in the lamb and let it marinate under cover for 1-2 hours. Then, skewer the lamb cubes and the vegetables on skewers any way you please. I like to alternate meat with vegetables, but it’s up to you. Grill on each side for about 6 minutes until the meat is done.
Holding an Easter Picnic: Food Garnishes
A food garnish can add a bit of flair to the main course, and also adds good flavor to the dish and the rest of your picnic. There are several food garnishes you can use for your Easter picnic if you so choose (I recommend using at least one). Believe it or not, fruit garnishes go great with roasted lamb. I recommend using pomegranate as your garnish. Just dice the fruit and arrange it on the plate around the roast lamb. It will add a fresh and pleasant taste to the meat.
Another idea involves garnishing desserts. Fruit is, as always, a perfect garnish for most desserts. You can also use chocolate, which works because chocolate is a classic Easter component. Try this: Bring a cheesecake and drizzle chocolate on top, and add sliced strawberries or raspberries. It will taste delicious and will go along great with any dish at your Easter picnic.