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Memorial Day Picnic at the Beach, Park or in Your Own Backyard!

P1010454Sure you love food trucks! You can't do that all the time. Here's a quick and easy way to get eats!

Round up your friends, grab a baguette (or two!), and settle in; it’s picnic season! Whether you're headed to the beach or the park, when it comes to picnicking, you need foods that can hang out with you. Instead of packing a tupperware full of greens, think marinated vegetables or a grain salad that will stand up to dressing ...and the sun.

My back pocket picnic food of choice? Roasted bell peppers. Tear off a piece of bread, top it off with some peppers and you’re set for lunch or a sunset snack. Yes, we know you can find bell peppers bottled up at the grocery store or pre-made at the antipasto counter, but there’s such a difference when you make them yourself, trust me!

My time-saving tip, when you do make them, make a big batch, and have them ready to go for when you need them next. They keep well in the fridge for a couple weeks as long as they are covered in their own juices. Not only are they great simply marinated for picnics, but they can easily be dressed up with a just a few dollops of strained greek yogurt, quick pickled onion (just soak sliced red onion in a little rice vinegar for five minutes), and a sprinkle of aleppo pepper in case you’re asked to bring a dish for the post-beach bbq.

P1010438  Ingredients
3 large red, yellow, or orange bell peppers
1 tablespoons olive oil
1 small clove garlic, finely chopped
Kosher salt
½ teaspoon good quality vinegar (I prefer rice or red wine vinegar)
½ teaspoon chopped parsley, optional

 

 

P1010444Instructions
Preheat grill. Place bell peppers on warm grill. Grill, turning occasionally, until skins are blackened in spots and blistered all over, 12–15 minutes. Transfer peppers to a large bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let sit 15 minutes.

Peel and seed peppers; cut into quarters. Toss peppers in a clean large bowl with olive oil, garlic, ¼ teaspoon of salt, vinegar. While it’s not necessary, before packing your peppers up to go, garnish with parsley.
Serves 2-4

Enjoy Your Picnic!

 

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