Scrumptious Snacks for Outdoor Delights
A picnic is a delightful way to embrace the great outdoors, enjoy quality time with loved ones, and savor delicious food in the open air.
One of the keys to a successful picnic is an array of delightful snacks that are easy to transport and even more delightful to eat.
In this comprehensive guide, we will walk you through creating an assortment of mouthwatering picnic snacks that cater to various tastes.
Plus, for that extra touch of convenience and style, you can find paper plates or skewers for decoration at McDonald Paper Suppliers.
Preparing the Picnic Snack Spread
Before we dive into specific recipes, let’s go over some essential guidelines for preparing the ultimate picnic snack spread.
Opt for a range of flavors and textures to satisfy different cravings. Mix sweet with savory, crunchy with creamy, and fresh with indulgent.
Portability and Convenience:
Choose snacks that are easy to transport and eat with your hands. This minimizes the need for utensils, making your picnic more enjoyable.
Include staple items like fresh fruits, nuts, and cheese. These serve as the foundation of your snack spread and pair well with other treats.
Homemade vs. Store-Bought:
A mix of homemade and store-bought items is perfectly acceptable. Homemade snacks add a personal touch, while store-bought items can save time.
With these guidelines in mind, let’s explore a selection of picnic snack recipes to delight your taste buds.
Classic Deviled Eggs
Deviled eggs are a classic picnic favorite with a zesty twist. Here’s how to make them:
- 6 large eggs.
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise.
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard.
- 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar.
- Salt and pepper to taste.
- Paprika for garnish.
- Fresh chives for garnish.
- Boil the eggs. Place the eggs in a saucepan and cover them with water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Cool, peel, and cut the eggs in half.
- Prepare the filling. Scoop out the yolks into a bowl and mash them with mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, white wine vinegar, salt, and pepper. Mix until smooth.
- Fill the eggs. Spoon or pipe the yolk mixture back into the egg whites.
- Garnish. Sprinkle paprika and fresh chives on top.
Homemade Trail Mix
Trail mix is a versatile and energy-boosting snack perfect for picnics. You can make your own with these ingredients:
- 1 cup roasted nuts (almonds, cashews, peanuts).
- 1/2 cup dried fruits (raisins, cranberries, apricots).
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips or chunks.
- 1/4 cup seeds (pumpkin, sunflower).
- A pinch of salt.
- A pinch of cinnamon (optional).
- Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
- Store the trail mix in an airtight container until it’s time for your picnic.
Caprese skewers are an elegant yet easy-to-make picnic snack. Here’s how to prepare them:
- Cherry tomatoes.
- Fresh mozzarella balls.
- Fresh basil leaves.
- Balsamic glaze.
- Extra-virgin olive oil.
- Salt and pepper.
- Assemble the skewers. Thread a cherry tomato, a mozzarella ball, and a fresh basil leaf onto each skewer.
- Drizzle. Before serving, drizzle with balsamic glaze and extra-virgin olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
Crunchy Veggie Sticks with Hummus
This refreshing and healthy snack is perfect for a picnic. You’ll need:
- A variety of fresh vegetables (carrots, cucumbers, bell peppers).
- Hummus (store-bought or homemade).
- Wash and slice the vegetables into sticks.
- Place the hummus in a portable container.
- Dip and enjoy!
Mini Chicken Empanadas
These savory hand pies are perfect for picnics and can be made in advance. Here’s how to make them:
- 1 1/2 cups cooked chicken, shredded.
- 1/2 cup diced onions.
- 1/2 cup diced bell peppers.
- 1/2 cup frozen peas.
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese.
- 1 teaspoon cumin.
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika.
- Salt and pepper to taste.
- Store-bought pie crusts.
- Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
- In a pan, sauté the onions and bell peppers until they soften.
- Add the cooked chicken, peas, cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper. Cook until the peas are heated through.
- Roll out the pie crust and cut it into small circles using a cookie cutter or the rim of a glass.
- Place a spoonful of the chicken mixture and a sprinkle of cheddar cheese on each dough circle.
- Fold the dough over and crimp the edges to seal.
- Bake the empanadas for 15-20 minutes or until they’re golden brown.
Finish your picnic on a sweet note with homemade lemon bars. Here’s the recipe:
- 1 cup all-purpose flour.
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened.
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar.
- 2 large eggs.
- 1 cup granulated sugar.
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour.
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder.
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice.
- Zest of one lemon.
- Powdered sugar for dusting.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
- In a bowl, mix 1 cup of flour, softened butter, and 1/4 cup of powdered sugar until a dough forms.
- Press the dough into the bottom of a greased 9×9-inch baking pan.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until it’s lightly golden.
- In another bowl, whisk together eggs, granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons of flour, baking powder, lemon juice, and lemon zest.
- Pour the lemon mixture over the baked crust and return to the oven for 25-30 minutes or until set.
- Let the bars cool completely, then dust with powdered sugar and cut into squares.
Presentation and Decoration
Now that your picnic snacks are ready, it’s time to present them with style.
- Plating. Arrange your picnic snacks on a serving platter or individual plates. A wooden board or woven picnic basket can also add to the rustic charm of your outdoor meal.
- Decoration. To add a dash of charm to your picnic presentation, you can find paper plates or skewers for decoration at McDonald Paper Suppliers. These can be used to label different snacks, add a pop of color, or even secure wraps and sandwiches.
A successful picnic involves careful planning, creativity, and, of course, delicious snacks. By preparing a variety of mouthwatering treats like deviled eggs, homemade trail mix, Caprese skewers, crunchy veggie sticks with hummus, mini chicken empanadas, and lemon bars.
You’ll create a memorable outdoor dining experience.
Don’t forget to include your favorite beverages, a cozy picnic blanket, and, for that extra touch of convenience and style, paper plates or skewers for decoration, which you can find at McDonald Paper Suppliers.
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Now, all that’s left to do is pack your picnic basket, gather your loved ones, and head out to enjoy the great outdoors while indulging in these delightful snacks.
Whether it’s a sunny day at the park, a serene lakeside setting, or a spot in your backyard, picnics are all about making cherished memories and savoring scrumptious food in the company of those you hold dear.
So, embrace the adventure, relish the flavors, and make the most of your next picnic.
Are you ready to make scrumptious snacks for outdoor picnics?
Let me know, til then—cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.