Spring has sprung and we are bursting at the seams to spend more time outdoors, for us that means picnics! Time spend with family is a priceless and outdoors to boot is better. Whether you like to hike, camp or just play in the backyard you can’t forget the food. These recipes keep it simple, travel well and are kid friendly. Stock your pantry for these picnic basket worthy recipes and don’t forget the napkins.
Fruit & Cheese Skewers
This is an easy, kid-friendly picnic snack. Let the kids help by layering the items onto the skewers. By using skewers you’ll be kids hands clean and make it easy to eat outdoors.
8 Small skewers
16 oz. Broadbent Cheddar Cheese, cut into squares
2 apples, cut into squares or balls
Cut your block of cheddar cheese into 16 squares that are bite size (1 oz.). Then cut or scoop out apples until you get 16 balls (use a melon baller) or squares. Alternate cheese and apples onto the 8 small skewers, 2 cheese/ 2 apples each. Place in an air tight container and keep cool. If you want to prepare them early brush apples with lemon juice to keep from turning brown.
This is a popular sandwich at many shops and delis around the country. Make your own and wrap in wax paper to separate for each family member. Let kids stack their own together and decorate the wax paper which it will be wrapped in for a more special outing.
8 slices bread, sourdough recommended
8 slices Broadbent Bacon
1 avocado, peeled and sliced thinly
1 tomato, sliced
12 oz. deli-style turkey
8 small leaves romaine lettuce
Spread mayo on each slice of bread. On four, layer tomato, lettuce, turkey, bacon and avocado. Top with sliced bread, wrap with wax paper.
This is an easy dish to make at the last minute. It is easy to double or triple the recipe making enough to feed a crowd. You could also serve in a sandwich style like chicken or tuna salad.
8 oz. Broadbent’s Cooked Ground Ham
8 oz. your favorite mayo
1pk Buttery crackers
In a medium bowl, stir together mayo and ground ham until combined. Store in an airtight container. Serve with your favorite buttery crackers (such as Townhouse or Ritz).
Sweet & Sassy Country Ham Rolls
This sandwich is a delicious blend of kid-friendly favorites. Combine cheese, fruit and meat onto one savory roll. Serve them up warm or cool. You could also take ingredients separate (pre-heat the rolls) and assemble outdoors.
Broadbent Cooked Country Ham Sandwich slices
Sister Shubert Rolls, heated per package directions
Broadbent Sweet & Tangy Mustard
Broadbent Hickory Smoked Cheddar Cheese
Golden Delicious Apple Slice
Heat rolls, slice in half then layer from bottom to top beginning with mustard, ham, cheese, apple, lettuce and 2nd half of roll.
These recipes are delicious and easy, but different than your average PB&J or burgers you may have at many picnics. Remember to get kids involved in the kitchen, cooking is a life skill, probably the best tasting and most fun too. Do you have a favorite picnic recipe? Share in the comments.