FREE PICNIC RECIPES

PICNIC RECIPES FOR A GREAT ESCAPE

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Free Picnic recipes...

1.  STEAK ON THE BARBY

Marinated London broil 

Ingredients:
    -1 1/2-pound top-round London broil (about 1 1/4
        inches thick)
    -Marinade:
        -1/3 cup olive oil
        -1/4 cup dry red wine
        -1  1/2 tblsp. Worcestershire sauce
        -2 tblsp. Dijon mustard
        -1 tsp. honey
        -4 large garlic cloves, minced
        -4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
        -Salt & pepper

Mix up marinade in small bowl. Place steak in glass dish
or large zip-loc bag. Pour marinade over. Marinade in
refrigerator 2-3 hours or overnight. Grill to desired
doneness. Slice against the grain as thin as possible. Yum!


Free picnic recipes...

Charcoal roasted vegetable packets

Ingredients:
    -3 or 4 of your favorite vegetables:
        -sliced squash
        -sliced onion
        -sliced mushrooms
        -new potatoes, cut in rounds
        -asparagus
        -green beans
        -carrot coins
    -butter
    -salt & pepper

You might have done this while camping, as a kid. They
are simple, yet tasty. Prepare them the day before the
picnic. Tear off two generous squares of heavy-duty foil,
and lay on top of each other, for each serving.

Place desired vegetables in the middle of the foil. Pat
with butter, salt & pepper. Start to fold up the foil to
make a packet, but add 2 tblsp. of water to it first,
then fold over and crimp securely. Place on the grill
over hot coals for 15-20 minutes. Succulent steamed
veggies!


Free picnic recipes...

Roasted corn on cob in husks

Ingredients:
    -Raw fresh corn cobs in husks
    -butter, salt & pepper

Pull husks back from the top of ear, leaving the leaves
attached. Carefully remove all the silk from cobs. Rinse
ears thoroughly in cold water. Spread some butter on
the cob, salt and pepper. Then, pull the husks back over
the cob. Wrap each ear in heavy duty foil. Refrigerate
until ready to leave for picnic. Roast on the grill 4-6"
above glowing coals. Turn occasionally and cook for
15-20 minutes.


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2.  DELI  DELIGHT

Marinated sweet onion and tomatoes

Ingredients:
    -2 large ripe tomatoes, cut into strips
    -1 medium sweet Vidalia or purple onion, sliced thin
    -1 large garlic clove, minced
    - 1/2 tsp. salt & pepper to taste
    -1/4 tsp. italian herbs (bottled in the spice section)
    -2 tblsp. fresh lemon juice
    - 1 tsp. white-wine vinegar
    -1/4 cup olive oil

Place marinade ingredients in covered jar or plastic tub
and shake well to mix. Place tomato and onions in glass
dish. Pour marinade over all, cover, and refrigerate
overnight. This is awesome in your pita pockets or wraps,
with the meat and cheese.


Free picnic recipes...

Pineapple & oranges Kirsch

Ingredients:
    -2 cups fresh pineapple chunks
    -1 cup navel orange sections, halved
    -2 tblsp. Kirsch

Mix fruit together in small container,
sprinkle with the Kirsch. Enjoy.


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3.  FRENCH COUNTRY PIQUE-NIQUE

Cold roast chicken with herbs

Ingredients:
    -Plump roasting chicken
    -3 cloves garlic
    -2 bay leaves
    -3 tblsp. melted butter
    -1/2 tsp. each salt & pepper
    -1/4 tsp. each marjoram, sage, thyme, oregano & basil


Wash chicken well and pat dry. Cut the garlic cloves in
half and rub down the chicken with them. Then put the
garlic and bay leaves inside the cavity. In small bowl,
stir all the other ingredients (butter and spices)
together. Drizzle 1 tblsp. of the butter mixture around
the inside of the cavity, then spoon most of the remaining
mix over the outside of the chicken.

Preheat oven to 375°. Place a rack in a roasting pan.
Place chicken breast side down on the rack. Bake 45
minutes, then turn breast side up. Baste with remaining
butter mixture. Bake another40-45 minutes until juices
run clear and leg joint moves easily. Cool, place on plate
and wrap in foil. Refrigerate over night for best flavor,
and serve cold on your picnic.


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Homemade spiced lemonade

Ingredients:
    -2 cups lemon juice (20-24 lemons, squeezed)
    -4 cups sugar
    -2 cups water
    -8 cloves
    -1/2 cinnamon stick
    -Lemon rinds, from 8 lemons, cut in wide strips
    -2 bottles club soda

In a saucepan over medium heat, dissolve sugar in water.
Stir constantly. Add the lemon rinds, cloves and
cinnamon stick.  Turn up heat and bring just to a boil,
stirring well. Cool, then add squeezed lemon juice.

Refrigerate overnight. Strain out the rinds, cloves,  and
cinnamon.  Keep theconcentrate in a container on ice. To
serve, pour the juice over ice in a tall glass, and add
some club soda to taste.


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Strawberries Grand Marnier

Ingredients:
    -Basket of sweet ripe strawberries
    -1/4 cup sugar
    -1 cup Grand Marnier liqueur

Wash and hull the strawberries, leave whole. Place in
small plastic covered bowl. Sprinkle with sugar and pour
in the liqueur. Mix and let chill and marinade for at least
an hour.


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4.  ELEGANT ANTIPASTO PICNIC

Jug Sangria
Ingredients:
    -1 bottle Chablis or Burgundy, to your taste
    -2 tblsp. Grand Marnier liqueur
    -1 tblsp. sugar
    -10 seedless white grapes, halved
    -4 orange sections, halved
    -1/2 Delicious apple, chopped
    -5 strawberries, halved
Mix all together in pitcher, refrigerate overnight.
Excellent.


Free picnic recipes...

Brandied peaches

Ingredients:
    -Big mayo jar and lid (thoroughly washed in hot water)
    -5 fresh ripe peaches
    -1 Pint brandy
    -1 cup sugar
Peel and stone the peaches; quarter them. Pack them into
the jar. Cover each layer with a thick topping of sugar.
When jar is full, pour in the brandy. Let steep in the
refrigerator for several days.



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