Posted by Roth McCoy | Posted in Picnic Food And Recipes | Posted on 05-09-2009
Picnic Food Ideas: Five Great
Of all picnic food ideas, the sandwich is probably king. Sandwiches are easy to make, are delicious, and can be transported easily wherever you want to go. Plus, the sheer amount and variety of sandwiches make them perfect for a lunch or dinner outing in the great outdoors. The picnic food ideas for sandwiches given below should give you a good start on narrowing down those choices to these tried and true classics.
1. Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato: A Simple and Classic Picnic Food Idea
We all know what a BLT is, because the timeless combination of bacon, lettuce, and tomato has fed our hungry stomachs for generations. This sandwich is a great idea because fresh lettuce and tomato and crispy bacon just makes for a superb meal. To make it a little different, try adding a Dijon mustard, or putting the sandwich on marbled rye bread.
2. Ham and Cheese Sandwich
Ah, another classic. Ham and cheese go together like peanut butter and jelly, and are just as savory. For an update on this picnic food idea, try putting the ham and cheese on a croissant (perhaps a buttered one). You can even replace the cheddar cheese with another type, or add another type of cheese (I recommend Swiss) to the sandwich for more flavor.
3. Chicken or Tuna Salad Sandwiches as Picnic Food Ideas
For good sandwiches that can be eaten at any type of picnic, try chicken or tuna salad. I prefer a mayonnaise-based chicken salad, made with diced pickles. You can use mustard for your base, though, and it will still taste great. For tuna salad, you absolutely must have relish mixed in; it gives it that sweet kick. For the bread, croissants (or even focaccia bread) is a great complement.
4. A Picnic Food Recipe for a Vegetarian Sandwich
Not every picnic has to have meat at it. If you are a vegetarian, or just want to get away from meats and more towards fresh veggies, then a vegetarian sandwich is the way to go. I suggest a sandwich with the following ingredients: purple onions, lettuce, sliced tomatoes, banana peppers, sliced cucumbers, black olives, Swiss cheese, and your choice of dressing. I really like raspberry vinagrette to go along with this dish.
5. A Taste of Italy: Grill Your Own Panini
If none of the above tickled your fancy or whetted your appetite, then take any combination of meat, any combination of cheese, and melt them between two pieces of sourdough bread on the grill. A panini served hot is a mouth-watering thing. For more taste, sprinkle some parmesan cheese and add a touch of honey mustard for a great addition.
There you have it. For all of the sandwich lovers out there, these five great picnic food ideas will give you a great start for your next picnic. The main rule with a sandwich, though, is to just pick the foods you love, throw them together, and see what works. Who knows? You may be pleasantly surprised with your own picnic food idea!
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