It’s Picnic Season y’all…time to take in all the glory of summer and being outdoors. Picnics can be bulky and awkward and often…just a lot of store bought food. I’m all about some Gourmet Picnic Food.
I think it should taste great, but at the same time – BE EASY. It’s just too hard to manage plates and dishes and all the other paraphernalia on your lap!
I mean…seriously. If you have a table and a place to put all this stuff – then it’s great, but otherwise, it’s a big challenge.
We took a drive into the country over the weekend and I didn’t want to go to a crowded restaurant. I wanted to just stop somewhere and eat…so picnic food was on my agenda. I’m kind of a “foodie” and figuring out what to make that tasted GOOD was the task at hand…and it had to be simple.
So here’s what we ended up with after a visit to Whole Foods and a little inspiration.
Sandwiches – but not your normal picnic sandwich. The recipe is attached. Have fun because it’s yummy!
Here are the ingredients. Simple really…
A crusty baguette
Pesto – now is a good time to make pesto with basil fresh from the garden
Triple cream brie cheese
Good quality olive oil
That’s it…if you want the recipe it’s here. The great thing about this sandwich is that it holds together…it’s not a mess and it tastes great. I served it with some Kettle Salt & Pepper potato chips. Simple, easy and good.
And when dinner is easy and you don’t have a big mess to clean up…you can sit back and take in the beauty of your country drive.
Here’s a little bit of what we saw on our country drive.
There is just something so sweet when you set out to find joy in simpler things.
We don’t need more stress over a picnic. We need it easy.
What’s your favorite picnic food? Share with me please.
- 1/2 - 3/4 Freshly Roasted Turkey
- Wedge of good quality brie
- 3/4 cup arugula
- 1 crusty baguette
- Good quality Olive Oil
- Sea Salt & Ground Pepper
- Fresh pesto - can be store bought but in the fresh food department
- 2 T good mayonnaise (use the real deal)
- Slice the baguette in half and then slice it open.
- Mix 3 heaping tablespoons of pest with the mayo. (Taste to adjust to your preference.)
- Smear the pesto mayonnaise on both sides of the baguette
- Layer the turkey
- Slice the brie and lay on top of the turkey
- Add the arugula on top of the brie
- Drizzle with olive oil - be gentle
- Season with Sea Salt and Freshly grated pepper
- Cut, wrap in wax paper and refrigerate until ready to eat.
- The key here is not to cut corners with the quality of the ingredients.
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