What's the best menu for an outdoor event? You pick the kind of event!
Any favorite menus or dishes for outdoor entertaining? Share your best ideas, and maybe a recipe, too!
The boys always like to make smores when we go camping. I think that's more about the togetherness than the actual treat though - because those burnt marshmallows are sticky and kind of gross lol. BUT, I'll eat a million of them to have that special time with my family away from the phones, computers, games etc. and out in nature.
Sesame Chicken, potato salad, fruit salad in a watermelon boat, fresh veggies and dip, pasta salad and any kind of cookies.
I like to have burgers, hot dogs & sausage with multiple choices of toppings. Pasta salad made with oil & vinegar because I like to avoid mayo outside in the sun....a variety relish tray with pickles, olives, carrot & celery sticks,& a HUGE fresh fruit salad. Bags of chips & pretzels and cheesey snacks!.....and of course a finger-food-style dessert! Simple but YUMMY.....
Google on: fish boils Door County; and on: fish boils White Gull Inn; and on Grundy County Corn Festival (and then click Food); and on: Buckeye BBQ Fest.
Use local meats, crops and wild foods in season.
I've been to a "pie party" wedding reception in the back yard of a county home of the Michigan U.P. north woods. I was one of a bus load of Boy Scouts who stayed in the barn of a Wisconsin farm and were fed corn and melons and other garden produce by the bushel basket plus meats and deserts.
My grandparents in the Minnesota north woods used to host summertime family reunions that were as much outdoors as indoors and included rabbit (which they raised) and corn on the cob (which they grew) roasted over charcoal, fried pan fish (which they caught), garden fresh tossed salad and hot vegetables (from their garden); wild blueberries (from the woods); beer, and more.
We go on beach fishing trips and my specialty totally made up cous cous dish has become a crowd pleaser - to the point where everyone asks me to make it every time we go haha! Cous cous is great because you can make it in bulk the day before and just bring it in a big share container for everyone to did into.
I also like a pasta salad my mum taught me with giardiniera - a very Italian inspired picnic dish. Your question has inspired me to post more recipes
What's your favourite Marcy?
Evening Picnic: I guess finger food and cold salads. one should carry one casserole and one chiller which is generally everyone have in car. and lots of liquid energy. heavy food should not be consumed outdoor. do not forget to carry a miniature..
When doing a cookout of any description, you gotta have hot dogs, hamburgers, and grilled chicken. For side dishes, you can't go wrong with grilled potatoes, macaroni salad, baked beans, potato salad, and coleslaw. Some also enjoy chips 'n dip, with a selection of regular and barbeque chips with French onion dip and salsa to choose from. As for drinks, well, ya gotta have soda and ya gotta have beer (unless your group isn't keen on that kinda thing).
And that's how you have a cookout.
I usually make pasta salad with tri-colored pasta, carrot shavings, raw broccoli florets broken into teeny-tiny pieces, finely chopped celery and green peppers, olive slices, and grated cheddar cheese. I top it with just enough Italian dressing (and a few sprinkles of hot sauce) to bring the ingredients together. The longer it sits in the fridge before serving, the better it tastes.
When we have cookouts in the neighborhood one household provides the meat and the attendees bring a specialty dish. Although I eat meat, I usually fill up on the sides. I much prefer them over meat. Unless, of course, someone makes Buffalo wings.
I also love deviled eggs. They seem to be the first to go!
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