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anunez May 27, 2010 08:00 AM

My boyfriend and I are going to a vineyard this weekend and they have lovely grounds you can bring a picnic to. I want to make it special since we are like the only people in town not going away for the holiday weekend but I cant come up with any ideas! All the threads seem to be for vegetarian picnics and we are definitely meat eaters! We wont have a grill or anything but we do have ice packs etc so the food can be chilled. Obviously the wine is taken care of and I already have the sweets portion planned. Any good ideas besides the typical chicken salad and chips??? Thanks!

  1. mcel215 May 27, 2010 09:16 AM

    I love Ina Garten's Shrimp Salad. Or even do Shrimp Cocktail. Also, grilled chicken (cut breast in half, then grilled), kept cold (finger food). Nigella's Watermelon/Feta Cheese salad is excellent as a side, as is Ina Garten's Panzanella Salad. Grilled Corn on the cob, is a favorite cold for for me, just cut in half for a more portable side. All of these can be put into cardboard chinese take out containers for a fancier/party-like atmosphere.
    Have fun...

    1. Caroline1 May 27, 2010 08:55 AM

      Wine, assuming you'll be doing some tasting, says something special to me. Given the restrictions you have to live with, a quiche or two can be interesting, with maybe a Caesar salad you dress there (use egg beaters or pasturized eggs). Maybe some cold asparagus spears with an aoli to dip them in. Cheeses and a crusty baguette. Maybe some chocolate dipped strawberries, or if you have a really good bakery (or enjoy baking) maybe napoleons for dessert.

      Or if you can beg, borrow or steal a really good sized wide mouth thermos or two, I would pack one of them with hot beef stroganoff and the other with hot egg noodes, and maybe a little extra nutmeg to go on top as a garnish, along with a bit of chopped parsley.

      TONS of possibilities! Have a fun time, and hope the wine is good!

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      1. re: Caroline1
        c oliver May 27, 2010 09:05 AM

        OP lives in DC. If it's warm weather, how 'bout filling that stolen thermos with vicchysoise??

      2. Niki in Dayton May 27, 2010 08:27 AM

        The last time I packed a vineyard picnic it was with a pressed sandwich. The night before, I sliced ciabatta, and layered it with roasted red peppers, rosemary ham, provolone, hot cappicola, and olive salad, then wrapped it in plastic wrap and put in the fridge with a heavy cast iron pan on top. Take as is, then cut into wedges to serve. I served it with tortilla chips, and a dip/salsa of black and white beans, raw corn cut off the cob, chopped tomotoes, cilantro, and lime juice.

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        1. re: Niki in Dayton
          Phurstluv May 27, 2010 08:54 AM

          +1 on the pressed sandwich. Very easy and tasty. I made two for a party once, one the traditional type of muffaletta that Niki describes above, and a second with boursin cheese, turkey, mixed lettuces, tomato slices, and mayo. Both went over very well.

        2. c oliver May 27, 2010 08:26 AM

          You might like this menu of MMRuth's :


          1. janetms383 May 27, 2010 08:11 AM

            I always like an Antipasto picnic. And, it goes great with wine!

            Go to a good deli and get some sliced prosciutto, salami, capicolla, etc. A hunk of good parmesan, a stick of pepperoni. Don't forget marinated vegetables and a good baguette. Some fruit and chocolate for dessert and it's an elegant and delicious meal.

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