Who doesn’t love Easter Picnic Recipes?
Easter Picnic Recipes
Easter is the time we relate to eating lots of chocolate. This originates from centuries ago when children were expected to give up sweet things for lent, and after 40 days without any treats, they were rewarded with chocolate. If the weather is good, Easter is a great time for a picnic and after all the sweets it is good to have some savory foods in your picnic basket.
Homemade Scotch Eggs
Don’t be put off making these because you think they will be fiddly. Scotch eggs are a delicious British recipe, and these ones are baked instead so that they hold their shape instead of falling apart in the deep fat fryer.
To make 6, hard boil 6 eggs and as soon as you take them off the heat run cold water over them. When this has cooled them enough to handle, take the shells from them and leave to one side on a plate.
Mix 375g of pork sausage meat with a tablespoon of chopped parsley and any other herbs and spices you would like. Then with wet hands, divide this into 6 portions shaped into a flat oval. Place an egg into the middle of each one and wrap the mixture around it ensuring to cover the whole of the egg.
Beat one more egg in a bowl. Dip each Scotch egg into the beaten egg and then roll in breadcrumbs. Bake them in a medium hot oven for about 25 minutes or until they are a golden brown. Simple and scrumptious.
These are just one example of foods to tempt your pallet. There are many dishes that are easy to make and ideal for a picnic. Ham and scallion strata’s, red pepper hummus, cheese straws, and tasty partridge recipes can all be perfect. But let’s take a look at how to make a quiche, as no picnic is complete without one.
Caramelized Garlic Quiche
Start by cutting the tops off 4 whole garlic heads. Place them in the middle of a square of foil and drizzle with a little olive oil. Bake in the oven for about 45 minutes until they have gone soft and then leave them to cool. Once they are cool enough to handle, remove the outer casing to reveal the cloves, keeping them as intact as possible.
Mix together 250g all-purpose flour, 140g unsalted butter, the yolk of two eggs, and 2 tablespoons of cold water. Knead into a dough, wrap it in cling film and leave it to chill in the fridge for 30 minutes. While this is chilling, heat a little more olive oil and fry 2 red onions until they are very soft. Then add a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar and a sprinkling of brown sugar. Leave this mixture to cook for another 5 minutes then remove it from the heat.
Next, roll the pastry mix and line a tin with it, trimming off any excess around the edges. Prick the base with a fork and place a sheet of baking paper in the bottom. On top of this put a few baking beans and bake in the oven for about 15 minutes. Take it out and remove the beans and parchment paper. With some of the eggs whites left from the ones you separated for the pastry, coat the cooked pastry with it.
Now you can place the onions in the pastry case, add 75g of sliced goats cheese and arrange the garlic cloves on the top. Whisk two more eggs with any egg white you have left, add 150ml of skimmed milk and seasoning. Pour this over everything else in the tart case and place the whole thing in the oven for about 35 minutes or until it has set. This is delicious served warm or cold.
What are your favorite Easter picnic recipes?