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Summer is here and with it comes the time for picnics!
While many people prefer to take ready-to-eat food on picnics, there are a lot of people who prefer to cook on the picnic spot with their family members and friends. If you belong to the second group, but have got sick and tired of relying on those old foods every time it comes to cooking outdoors, do not worry.
We are here to bring diversity to your summer cookout menu so that your next picnic becomes all the more amazing with scrumptious yet easy-to-cook food. Just make sure to include few basic spices, a tailgate grill and a tong in your picnic haul.
5 Best Griddle Recipes For Picnics
1. Grilled Garlic Zucchini
An unusual picnic food, that can either be eaten as a snack or as a side just take few minutes of preparation and cooking.
To make Grilled Garlic Zucchini, you will need:
- Zucchini : 4 medium sized
- Garlic : 3 cloves, finely chopped or pressed
- Salt and Pepper: to taste
- Olive Oil : About1/4th cup
Take a small bowl and mix garlic and olive oil in it. Cut eat zucchini into four pieces, place them on the heated griddle (skin side down). Place some cuts on the top sides with the help of knife and then brush the zucchini pieces with garlic infused olive oil.Sprinkle salt and pepper on top. Grill for 4 to 5 minutes, then turn to cook the other side until you get those beautiful grill marks. Brush the oil once again at last and serve.
2. Roasted Green Bean, Bacon and Apple Sandwich
These sandwiches are not only easy to make, but also healthy and scrumptious.
Ingredients you need:
- Green beans: 1 pound
- Bacon Slices: 6, thick
- Shallot: 1 small, finely chopped
- Olive oil: ½ cup
- Parmigiano Reggiano cheese: about 4 ounces, sliced
- French Bread: 2, cut in half
- Salt and Pepper: to taste
- Red Apple: 1
- Lemon juice: 4 tablespoons
- You can also add some mustard and dill for more taste
Using a flattop grill, roast green beans with salt, pepper and olive oil on one side of the grill and cook bacon slices on the other half until they are crisp.
Cut apple into slices and drizzle with 1 tablespoon lemon juice.
Take a small bowl and mix shallot, 3 tablespoons of lemon juice, salt, and mustard and dill (if using) and apply the mixture on the top halves of the bread. On the bottom halves, layer bacon, apple, beans, and cheese. Cover with the top halves and serve!
3. Grilled Brie Sandwich
- Bacon slices: 8
- Brie: 12 ounces, cut into thin slices
- Goat cheese: 8 ounces
- Green tomatoes: 2, cut into slices
- Bread: 8 slices
- Unsalted butter: 10 teaspoons
- Salt & pepper: to taste
Cook the bacon slices on griddle until they are golden. While they are cooking, spread butter on bread slices on one side. Butte side down, place 4 slices on the griddle and quickly layer brie slices, green tomatoes, bacon and goat cheese over them. Cover with the remaining four slices (butter side up). Cook on both sides until golden. Delicious sandwiches are ready to eat.
4. Tofu and Cherry Tomatoes
This is a quick and simple recipe that can be used as a snack or side. Cut cherry tomatoes into halves. Grill tofu pieces and tomatoes. Add rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, soy sauce, pinch of sugar, some spring onion, chopped mint or parsley or Thai basil (as per your preference). Mix and serve!
5. Grilled Veggie and Hummus Wraps
You will need:
- Mixed Vegetables including red onion, bell pepper and egg plant (cut into slices)
- Feta Cheese
- Whole grain flatbreads or tortillas
- A jar of hummus
- Olive oil
Add about 1 tablespoon of oil in vegetables, cook them on the griddle and then roughly chop them. Add salt.
Spread hummus on each flatbread or tortilla. Place vegetables and cheese and roll. Cut into half and serve!