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Picnic Ideas?

I'm invited to a potluck picnic next weekend.
wanted to make something easy to eat and somewhat substantial..

any ideas?

help me out :)
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  1. Vegetarian chili is easy to make in large quantity and the ingredients are pretty cheap. Just make a ton of it and put it in a huge tupperware and serve it in plastic cups with spoons. Worked great for us. Very filling and good at room temp. There are some great recipes on Epicurious.

    1. I'm thinking of my favorites; how about green bean salad, red beet salad, mac & cheese, lasagna (is good cold, too), fudge for the sweet-tooth, iced tea, a loaf cake; without any soft icing....whose bringing the hamburger for the grill? This list could be endless !

      1. Maybe tortellini salad with roasted red peppers, blanched broccoli, kalamatas, onions, garlic, lemon vinaigrette, feta or fresh mini mozzarella balls.

        Tortellini with roasted poblanos, corn, black beans, red peppers, onions, garlic, cumin-chili vinaigrette, feta or habanero cheddar cubes. (chicken also works)

        Baked spinach penne dish.

        Veggie chili is also a good suggestion.

        Gazpacho with homemade garlicky croutons is always welcome, too.

        Also, antipasto salad with a mix of yummy quality Italian coldcut, provolone, roasted peppers, artichokes, olives, tomatoes, and anything else that you like is a hearty, no fuss dish. Just toss with a simple vinaigrette.

        1. Also the easiest dessert to serve and to make for a picnic are cookies!

          1. I like to make chicken sate. You can make a cilantro dipping sauce for it or a salsa verde instead of or in addition to traditional peanut sauce. Everyone loves eating food on skewers. I cut the chicken in generous strips, put them on 8" wooden skewers and roast at 450 for 25 minutes just before going out.. When they cool a little, wrap them in aluminum foil and then pack in ziplock bags. Delicious at room temp. If you have time earlier in the day, marinate the chicken pieces in olive oil, lemon juice & chopped garlic for a few hours.

            1. My go-to picnic fare is always the Silver Palate's Chicken Marabella. Since it has a Meditteranean flavor, you can expand on that for any sides you want to bring as well, such as a lemony orzo pasta salad.

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              1. re: weezycom

                That's a fabulous dish. I had forgotten about it until I recently pulled out my old book, and I've been craving it. Guess what we're having for dinner this week!

                I also had some satay and some teriyaki at a picnic recently. The satay was a yummy curry, delicious even without the peanut sauce. The teriyaki was great, too.

                All good suggestions.

              2. Do you know how many are coming? I love making those muffelatta sandwiches and slicing it up for many so everyone gets a little slice of wonderful sandwich. You can make 4 mega loafs, then slice each into 8 pieces (32).

                1. This posts interests me as we are doing a Birthday picnic next month for my father who will be 65. I am making muffelattas for about 12 peope. Since I know a few (like the kids) won't eat them, I figured on just having some bread and meats for them.

                  I need some fun ideas to serve with the sandwiches. I know we will do some chips and dips, but I want something new and exciting. Keep in mind they are very picky and don't like foo foo stuff (feta, foie gras, caviar, goat cheese) So any ideas are welcome

                  1. How about quiche? It tastes great cold or at room temp, and the filling options are endless. I personally like a traditional Lorraine with bacon and caramelised onions, but roasted veggie is great if there will be any veggies at the potluck.