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May 27, 2010 08:00 AM

need picnic ideas!

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!

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  1. 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.

      1. 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

          +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. 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

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

          2. 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...