Somewhat romantic birthday picnic food ideas
- Amy_C Jul 7, 2007 10:19 PM
My bf and I are celebrating our birthdays together with a somewhat romantic picnic in a few days. I have the picnic basket but what should I put in?
Here are some of my ideas so far:
Chicken liver pate (can anyone recommend a good recipe) with cornichons and some nice bread.
Small sandwiches or wraps
Roasted tomato tart
Fruit and cheese plate
I'll be baking a cake beforehand so I'll bring a slice or two of that. But I'm very fond of sweets so I'm open to more suggestions.
I'm really excited but I'm drawing a blank on what to make. Thanks in advance for the help!
I really like pan bagnat for a picnic. Get a small round of good crusty Italian bread. Cut it in half horizontally. On the bottom half, layer on some good baby greens. Then add a layer of thinly sliced, salted super-fresh tomatoes. Next add some sliced fresh mozzarella. Top with thinly sliced red onions, roasted red pepper slices, and chopped good olives. Drizzle some olive oil and balsamic over the top, put the top piece of bread on, and wrap it up and store in the refrigerator for a couple of hours before slicing and serving. If you would like meat in this, I'd use the thinly-sliced Italian pork product of your choice and put it somewhere in the middle of your sandwich. This sandwich is beautiful and really tasty, and could take the place of the small sandwiches or wraps on your list, and possibly the pate. It would pair nicely with the tomato tart and fruit and cheese plate.
When it comes to romantic picnics - I'm big on finger food, Things you can feed to each other.
Fried or grilled chicken fingers.
Tart is a great idea.
Asparagus wrapped with ham.
For the fruit try something like figs or strawberries cut like little flowers: quarter length wise, but not all the way through - and fill with cheese (blue or marscapone)
Don't forget the wine and candles!
For a romantic picnic I love serving cold lobsters with an aioli-type dipping sauce. I crack the claws and split the tail for easy access to the meat. Very decadent and Tom Jonesy. Can do the same with shrimp, but these days, at least around here, lobster is the same price if not cheaper.
Figs with gorgonzola is good.
Stuffed cherry tomatoes.
Long, cold noodles to slurp
Prosciutto wrapped melon bites.
Raw oysters on a half shell (I crumple up aluminum foil to store and carry);
Parmesan chunks with a drizzle of good honey.
Lobster is a for sure (a la Flashdance) ; even shrimp is good or a nice seafood salad with oil and lemon zest.
*Use take out chinese food containers; easy to share and feed one another from.
Pan bagnat - I add tuna for the protein.
Fruits/lpound cake with a little chocolate fondue (for a picnic for two, I bring my butter heaters and the dip in a small tupperware and refill as needed); also make a luscious whipped cream and cream cheese dip for fruit OR for savory, fruyere fundue with crusty bread.
A nice german riesling is perfect for a summer romantic picnic. It will hold up to the food and still be bubbly enough to be fun. Riesling Kabinett is usually on the drier and more minerally side, which would pair quite well with the suggestions here. My DH and I fell in love over a few summer birthday picnics with a riesling so memorable that we ended up serving it at the wedding.
For the dessert bringing portions of cake would be nice but not as easy to transport as something bite sized. Good chocolates or truffles are always romantic and profiteroles with pastry cream (instead of ice cream) are a bite sized version of eclairs. chocolate covered strawberries would be a great way to go as well. the other nice thing about small finger food desserts is that you can bring several different options and share them all!
All these ideas sound fabulous! Lobster is out of my budget though unfortunately. :(I think I will definitely pack some sushi and cold noodles (how can I forget noodles, they're a Chinese tradition!), and prosciutto and melon sounds good too. I think I remember reading that oysters are only good in months with "r"s?
I think I'll swap wine for a sparkling mango lemonade (I have a really low tolerance for alcohol).
Truffles and cream puffs sound great.
Thanks again for the help!