Layered Picnic Loaves
Instead of making individual sandwiches
for the picnic basket, save time and effort by making large, multi-serving
sammies built on whole loaves of bread. Bring along a serrated knife and cut your sandwiches to order at your destination. Tip: Slide your knife into a cardboard paper towel roll and secure with a rubberband or two—that way, it won't accidentally hurt someone, or get anything messy on the trip home.
Picnic Potato Salad
Mayonnaise-drenched potato salads can be iffy picnic picks, since they can quickly go bad in the sun and heat. Instead, try this version made with an oil and vinegar vinaigrette—guaranteed to taste delicious and give you peace of mind.
Picnic Pasta Salad
This pasta salad has all the iconic ingredients of summer –
tender corn, abundant zucchini, and tasty tomatoes. Head to the farmstand and pick up whatever looks best, as this recipe is ripe for improvisation.
Picnic Stuffed Eggs
Deviled eggs travel well and are always a hit. Hard-cook
your eggs in advance to save time, and don’t skimp on the seasonings; this
combination really makes for the zestiest, most mouthwatering result. Just be sure to place an extra ice pack on top to keep these eggs cool.
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Barbecued Picnic Chicken
If you’re having a backyard picnic, you’ll be able to grill
up some grub, like this chicken with homemade barbeque sauce. Tip: Grill clean-up is a
cinch with this simple trick. Wad up a paper towel, then grab it with tongs and dip
it into vegetable oil; rub the oily paper towel over the hot grill to remove
Picnic Baked Beans
These baked beans taste just like the ones you remember from
childhood. Brown sugar and molasses give them a smoky sweetness, while the
onions and crumbled bacon add depth and texture.
Crisp and colorful, this creamy slaw comes together quickly
with the use of a food processor and blender. Tip: Before
you bring your backyard picnic recipes outside, don’t forget to wipe down your
outdoor seating and table with a damp paper towel.
Picnic Fruit Punch
This festive pink punch gets its fruity flavor from a blend of juices—and its fun, festive fizz comes from ginger ale. For maximum effervescence, add the ginger ale just before
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Chocolate Chip Picnic Bars
Keep dessert simple with these easy, layered bars that feature a
cocoa, sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips, and nuts. The best
part? The fudgy treats can be made a day or two in advance.
Tip: Instead of using pricey packaged
wipes to clean sticky faces and fingers, just dampen several paper towels, fold,
and place in a resealable plastic bag to bring to your picnic site.