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May 18, 2009 10:02 AM

Picnic Food

Hi all. I am throwing a tailgate/picnic at a soccer tourney this weekend. Besides the normal chips, subs, fruit, cookies, what are some other foods that don't need refrigeration or cooking on site. We will be at the venue all day, all weekend, so it needs to be prepared ahead of time, and travel well. Can't be too fancy, these are soccer kids and parents. (Although I would love something 'different!')

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  1. Not sure I understand. Subs will require refrigeration.

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    1. re: laliz

      Same question - does no refrigeration mean you don't even have an ice chest?

      1. re: todao

        Ok, we are picking up the subs across from the street from the tournament, not bringing them from home. We will have ice chests/coolers, but no grills or heating units.

        1. re: sunangelmb

          I've heard of folks warming food on the engine of their vehicle. But that can be dangerous so I can't recommend it. Anyone in your group capable of handling a solar oven? I'm assuming it's a family event.

          1. re: todao

            While I appreciate your reply, I know nothing about cars & am going to be watching 9 year olds play in a soccer tournament. I don't think they will be into the solar oven, (Which again, I have no knowledge of) Just looking for some great picnic items. But thanks

    2. If it's a tournament, sounds like you will be feeding people non-stop! I hope you have lots of coolers and ice because almost everything needs to get back in the ice chest periodically.

      How about gazpacho? Chop everything in fairly small dice so it can be served in cups. You wouldn't have to fuss with spoons if you offer a medium pretzel stick to coax the last veggie bits from the bottom of the cup. Don't make it too spicy -- it should be refreshing for overheated athletes and parents alike. Maybe have a bottle of hot sauce available for those who want heat. Keep it in mason jars in the cooler until needed.

      Savory palmiers? Make with basil pesto, sun-dried tomato filling, or maybe a walnut or almond pesto with appropriate herbs (parsley, chives).

      I made Jacques Pepin's oven-fried kale the other day. While tasty and melt-in-your-mouth light, it would take a small mountain of fresh kale to yield enough for a generous offering for your crowd. Plus it does have a mild cabbage flavor to it, so it might not appeal to your folks. Maybe someone has another idea for an oven-dried veggie.

      3-bean salad, or you can make up to 8 beans.
      Marinated mushrooms.
      Italian pickled garden salad, pickled baby beets, pickled baby corns.

      I can't believe I'm saying this. Squirt cheese in a can. They say no refrigeration needed. Real cheese. Whatever. Maybe you could have the cans set out with some decent crackers, and an assortment of sliced olives, chopped sweet red and green peppers, bacon crumbles, grape tomatoes, and folks could make their own *canapes*!

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      1. re: nemo

        Not that you heard it from me, but one of my guilty pleasures is that squirt cheese in a can. (On pretzels, it's so good.)

      2. A big platter of roasted peppers, marinated mushrooms, olives, baby corn, garbanzo beans ~~ assembled on site

        Hummus and pita and roasted peppers

        Canned baked beans

        Roasted (or grilled) veggies (squash, eggplant, onions, carrots, etc.)

        1. Peanut noodles in individual chinese take-out containers.

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          1. re: bite bite

            I second the peanut noodles - delicious! I also recomment an orzo salad with oil and lemon juice dressing. I make mine Greek style with grilled chicken (done in advance), tomatoes, cucumber, mint, parsley, olives, and roasted red peppers. You can also add chick peas for extra protein. I think it would keep well in a cooler with ice for a few days and is great slightly chilled or at room temp. I also have to put a vote in for orange slices and brownies, but seems like you had that down!

          2. Teriyaki chicken and musubi.