The Perfect Picnic
Looking to head out for a picnic? We have all you need to know to pack the perfect meal!
In the simple how-to above, these chefs give you all the tips you need to pack up a drool-worthy picnic basket full of favorite summer recipes in no time!
Iron chef Michael Simon spills the secret of tender, moist grilled chicken breast in the above episode of ABC's foodie talk show, The Chew. While his BBQ chicken cooks skin side down to 160 degrees, watch as Daphne Oz whips up her favorite summer salad with an interesting combination of flavors. Daphne and co-hosts provide delightful commentary and helpful step-by-step directions as a colorful summer salad comes to life on a bed of romaine lettuce with grilled fruits and veggies. Grilling melon is perfect for when the fruit isn't as ripe as you'd like!
After watching this Dish of the Day video above from our favorite Chew chefs, check out our recipes below inspired by them.
Cover your bases
Picnics need to have foods that can be grazed over for hours while you relax and unwind in a scenic spot. You'll want to make sure you have at least one dish from each category.
One easy grazeable dish for a picnic is homemade pie-crust crackers made from store-bought pie-crust dough. They are quick, simple and easily adaptable to fit the theme of your picnic.
These cheesy, doughy bites are light and airy. The cheddar cheese will pair perfectly with a BBQ chicken breast like Iron Chef Michael Simon's from The Chew.
When considering salads to add to a picnic, it can be best to avoid mayo or dairy-based salads that may spoil after sitting for hours in a picnic basket and then hours more at the picnic. Consider using salads made with freshly chopped vegetables covered in vinaigrette, such as this cucumber-and-dill salad. We are taking pointers here from Chef Daphne Oz and Clinton Kelly! It is a great idea to make salad dressings at home, especially if you want to avoid the high levels of sodium or sugar found in bottled dressings.
Dill cucumber salad
This salad has it all. It's light, healthy, vegan, low-cal and guaranteed not to spoil!
For main dishes, consider skipping making each person a sandwich and instead bake a stuffed bread filled with all the best sandwich ingredients! It's easier to pack, impressive, unusual and even faster than making a bunch of individual sandwiches.
Munster- and ham-stuffed bread
After planning your perfect summer picnic, check out the video below for more creative culinary ideas from some of our favorite food television stars. If you're looking for great recipes and chefs that will inspire you to create the perfect meal for your dining room table, look no further than The Chew on ABC at 1e|12p|c.
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