What would you make for a lazy beach weekend?
I'm talking stuff that can be made in quantity and easily eaten throughout the day, requiring little to no warming/fuss for maximum relaxation.
My thoughts were protein-based salads, cold grilled vegetables, cheese and crackers, hummus/baba ganoush w/crudite...
Would love to hear any ideas/recipes you think are great - drinks included! What would you make?
I'd definitely make a pitcher of mojitos.
Plenty of fresh fruits, obviously, for snacking.
Black bean, corn and jicama salad http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/rec...
Chinese-Flavored Fried Chicken with Green-Onion dipping sauce http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/rec...
I make this with cut up boneless chicken in smaller, more bite-sized pieces. It's easier to cook and easier to eat. I do this for picnics pretty often.
If you're going to pick up some local shrimp, I like to make lime/rum shrimp - just peel the shrimp, throw a couple of tablespoons of butter in a hot saucepan, toss in the shrimp, salt liberally and cook them a few minutes until they're nice and pink, then squeeze about half a lime (per pound of shrimp) and a tablespoon or so of dark rum and a pinch of brown sugar. THen just stir to coat. Pretty easy and relaxed. You can also cook the shrimp with the shells on - just a little messier.
Lemon bars or lemon pound cake
Mint Brownies http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/rec...
Are you going to be sitting in the sand on the beach or at some sort of picnic table? Because if you're in the sand, walking around the beach, lounging with a book, I'd prefer no-plate-required foods - something I can pick from a bowl or plate and nosh on.
Fruits are good, maybe cut fruit skewers with bananas, strawberries, pineapple, melons.
Veggie sticks in cold water for crispness.
Chips and dips - your hummus/baba ganoush/bean dip/salsa (ooh, salsa over cream cheese).
Simple sandwiches - PB&J, cheese, smoked salmon and cream cheese, cucumber, butter and radish or some cold cuts and bread
Hunks of cheese!
Pack a cooler with sangria, or a rose, or a nice white wine and lots of water.
Don't forget the sunscreen and a hat!
i'd make a grilled veggie *w/salt/pepper/olive oil) / goat cheese / balsamic reduction sandwich. throw all that stuff in hearty bread and press w/a panini grill. wrap up halves separately and go to the beach.
otherwise - a tupperware of hummus or spicy chickpea puree and some french bread would be great too.
i second a thermos of some kind of cocktails. maybe a berry or melon martini.
If on the beach, ON being the key word here, I usually make up a sandwhich, any kind really and pack it in one of those snack size zip locks. Just enough for one to pick up and eat and the baggie keeps your hands off the sandwhich when used, and the sand off your sandwhich.
If at the beach with tables....well the sky's the limit. Fresh fruits, cheeses, breads, meats, pasta salads. As long as you keep plenty of ice and don't leave any mayo based products out, you're good to go.
Get the Barefoot Contessa's Parties cookbook......the recipes in it are awesome and they are sectioned off by party theme.......Canoe trip, Outdoor grill, and much more....i don't know what I'd do without this book. The recipes are awesome and the groupings work really well. The canoe trip collection would be great for the beach.