(Closed) Favorite outdoor picnic/potluck recipes?

posted 5 years ago in Cooking
Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Do you know what others are bringing? I usually ask the host/ask around to fill a gap. IE do they need a veggie, starch, protein dish.

Drives me nuts when I go to putlucks and there are 7 taco dips and hot dogs.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Yeah, always good to ask whether salads/desserts/mains/snacks are required.

Potato salad (with egg, mayo, chives etc) is always yummy and perfect for picnic style things. Maybe a seafood platter, or brownies. That slice you posted looks delicious 🙂

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Extension54:  From that list I would bring some sort of non-lettuce based salad. (it doesnt wilt, it is easier to eat standing and is more appealing at picnics in general)

  • Mexi-style: black beans, corn, cucumber, red onion, mango, shaved carrot, cilantro, mint, and red wine vinaigrette with a dash of cumin
  • Greek style: cucumber, tomato, feta, black olives, red onion, in a tzatiki dressing
  • Italian style– cherry tomato halves, artichoke heart quarters, cucumber, basil, roasted red pepper, celery, mozzerella ball pieces and a dressing of your choice. I would choose a good balsamic vinagrette
  • NOTE: Dont over dress the salads! they dont need a lot.

If you wanted to really make it interesting you could serve these salads in endive leaves so they act like spoons or in baked wonton cups. (I would skip the dressing if using the wonton cups and just use salt and pepper

 

Post # 13
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Helper bee

@Extension54: since it sounds like all the basics are covered,i would bring something a little more bold to the picnic such as ambrosia or a really nice meat and cheese platter, not the basic ones you can buy in the store I’m talking better quality.

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