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Apr 23, 2013 07:58 PM

Classy picnic foods?

I'm looking for an easy yet classy dish to bring to a picnic tomorrow. At least one of the attendees will be vegetarian or fishatarian, so I'd like to be cordial and bring something along those lines. Any recommendations?

I was thinking deviled eggs but I always screw those up - I'm awful at peeling hardboiled eggs without taking chunks out of the white.

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  1. How about making hummus and bake some pita chips with a little seasoning on them?

    1. I just recommended this in another thread today, but this tapenade is really good, and is great at room temperature. I served it with crudite and pita chips.

      1. Caprese kabobs, made with grape tomatoes, basil chiffonade and mini-boconccini? Can be drizzled with/dipped in reduced balsamic.

        Provencal or Tuscan white bean dip can be on the classy side. Could serve with sliced baguette.

        Georgian eggplant stuffed with walnut spread would also be a nice vegetarian picnic food.
        Or a Georgian-inspired eggplant walnut dip

        1. I thoroughly despise hummous, it has been dome too much, donors assume everybody likes it. Baba Ganoush with some pita crisps is divine.

          If your eggs are difficult to peel they are too fresh. Leave them at room temperature for a few days. Every 24 hours at room temp will age them one . After 2-3 days at room temp. Place them in a pot with cold water and a splash of white vinegar. Bring to a boil. Give the eggs a quick stir, cover the pot and reduce the heat to low, or off and let them sit for 15 mins undisturbed. Drain, give the pan a good shake to crack the shells. hen cover with ice cubes and water. They should peel beautifully.

          1. Artichoke frittata. It travels well and is easy to make, and anything with artichokes has a touch of class. Frittatas are the perfect picnic food. You can even make a spaghetti frittata.