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snacktime Jun 22, 2007 09:50 AM

I'm going on a pot-luck hike this weekend and looking for suggestions for picnic food to make and bring. Any and all suggestions welcomed!

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    mojoeater Jun 22, 2007 10:25 AM

    Alton Brown did a show about homemade power bars that would be great on a hike:


    1. Tehama Jun 22, 2007 10:34 AM


      Michael Chiarello is about my fave host on FoodTV and he did a picnic episode not too long ago, too!

      1. danhole Jun 22, 2007 10:41 AM

        Rachael Ray just did a segment on picnic foods. The frozen fruit on a stick looked very good.


        1. hannaone Jun 22, 2007 11:07 AM

          Kim Bap - Korean seaweed & rice rolls.

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            synergy Jun 22, 2007 11:12 AM

            How about a watermelon salad with feta and fresh mint?

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            1. re: synergy
              weezycom Jun 22, 2007 12:16 PM

              that one probably won't be good to mix together ahaed of time. I love it, but the salt from the feta makes the watermelon bleed out, and it will turn soupy in an hour.

            2. Andiereid Jun 22, 2007 02:17 PM

              I've done this Chinese-Flavored Fried Chicken with Green Onion dipping sauce from Bon Appetit a few times for picnics. Fried chicken for picnics rocks, and this is good at room temperature.


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              1. re: Andiereid
                Bratdawg Jun 22, 2007 02:25 PM

                German Potato Salad (I've found crockpot recipes for this that come out good)
                See my post on pasta salad - that'd go great on a picinic.
                Asian Coleslaw

                None of these have mayo.

                Hmm.... hummus and tortillas would probably do pretty good.

                You going to have access to a cooler or just food that doesn't have to be chilled/

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                bebevonbernstein Jun 22, 2007 04:10 PM

                There's a Silver Palate recipe for couscous that I swear by for picnics -- good hot or cold. Has zucchini, yellow squash, olive oil, garlic, chickpeas, curry powder, cayenne, those sorts of spices . . .

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                  nemo Jun 22, 2007 05:06 PM

                  Maybe a layered and pressed sandwich. Use a large round loaf hollowed out, slathered with pesto and/or tapanade top and bottom (or just oil and vin), layered with turkey, mortadella, Genoa salami, ham, provalone, mozzarella, roasted red peppers. Wrap, weight overnight in fridge to compress. Travels well, good at room temp. Perhaps slice and rewrap before you leave for the hike to avoid having to take a knife along with you. (Use an electric knife if you have one -- makes for much easier slicing. Serrated knife at the very least.)

                  Or maybe the same ingredients in an Italian antipasto salad kinda thing. Cubes of a variety of the above-mentioned meats and cheeses, pepperoncini, a variety of olives (maybe some garlic-stuffed ones too), chick peas, cherry toms or chunks of larger toms, even some pasta and/or canellini beans. A good garlic vinaigrette should keep it happy for a while.

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