Picnic with Spanish Flavors
The Spanish are really on to something with their tapas – lots of little bites to share with friends. For a tapas inspired picnic, start with a chorizo tortilla, a Spanish omelet filled with spicy chorizo sausage. Let it cool completely before packing it, and serve it at room temperature. For another savory bite, sauté a mix of organic mushrooms in some olive oil and garlic and finish with a splash of sherry. Serve on small slices of toasted bread. Pick up a few extra things to complete the picnic, like Spanish almonds, a mix of olives, and a generous wedge of Manchego cheese. Make a batch of fruity sangria to turn the picnic into a party.
Everything Tastes Better with a French Accent
Perhaps the easiest picnic to throw together is inspired by the French. Arrange a casual, yet elegant outdoor meal by assembling a simple charcuterie platter with the bold flavors of smoked or cured meats. Start with the salty punch of Jambon de Bayonne, a French prosciutto that is a must for any charcuterie platter. Also include Dry-Cured Saucisson Sec, a French salami that will give your spread a peppery kick. The tartness of tiny cornichons is a nice addition and pairs well with the salty meats. And put your platter over the top with Mousse of Duck Foie Gras, which has the creamy, savory flavor of 100% foie gras. Round out your meal with any soft creamy French cheese, a baguette or two, and a bottle of chilled French rosé wine.
True Blue American Picnic
Of course, you can always keep it classic with some American picnic favorites. For a more traditional, family-friendly affair, build your meal around Thomas Keller’s Buttermilk Fried Chicken, which brines the meat to make the juiciest fried chicken you’ll ever eat. If you’re feeding a crowd, why not fire up the grill and cook a variety of sausages, like our Lamb Merguez Sausage, Chicken Apple Sausage, or Wild Boar Sausage. On the side, throw together a simple potato salad with boiled Yukon Gold Potatoes, mayonnaise, green onions, and crumbled Uncured Hickory Smoked Bacon. Serve it all with cold beer and fresh lemonade for the kids.
Whatever style of picnic you desire, don’t forget to pack a big blanket for spreading out the feast.