My friends and I are renting a pontoon boat for an afternoon this weekend. We're broke/time-constrained grad students so we're usually just bringing cheap beer and chips onto the boat. We're all getting bored with the usual fair so I'd love to bring something a bit nicer.
Does anyone have any recommendations for boat-friendly foods that can be made ahead of time and are relatively cheap (ideally less than $10 to serve 12)?
Stuffed bread. You can make your own dough, or buy it frozen. I don't do this round shape but this is a general idea. Use whatever you want for the stuffing (though the eggs are good), cut and wrap each piece individually. I use whatever cold cuts catch my eye, or whatever I have leftover in the refrigerator.
When we go sailing, we always stop and get a baguette or two, some salamis and some cheese. Bring a Swiss army knife and you are all set!
For boats, it's important to remember that crunchy things need to come in small enough packages that they're eaten in one sitting...or stick with things that won't be vile if they absorb moisture -- because it's a boat, and they will (especially salty stuff)
Pasta salads made without mayo -- roasted veggies, pasta, olive oil, red wine or balsamic vinegar, s&P
Hummous w/pita wedges (not toasted)
Tzatziki great on veggies
sandwiches, always - - try a muffaletta-type sandwich that actually gets better the more the bread sops up the juices
cold fried chicken
cookies -- especially heartier stuff that doesn't have to be crispy -- oatmeal cookies are great boat cookies.
Salsa is always good but with scoop chips so less food dropping. I make one with cucumber, tomato, onion, garlic, parsley, S&P with olive oil. You can make a ton for $10.
I so seldom watch the Food Network anymore, but this morning caught the last half of The Contessa cooking for a picnic. If you like the food choices, it would be a perfect menu for *my* day on the water ;) and couple of the items are extremely budget friendly.
*** To keep it non-perishable, you'd need to rework the need for mayo and sour cream in the dressings unless you'd be certain to make room in that chilled cooler for food!