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5 Easy Picnic Foods to Take On Your Vineyard Adventure

5 Easy Picnic Foods to Take On Your Vineyard AdventureAs the weather gets warmer and the sun stays out longer, the outdoors are beckoning. And so are all the wonderful wineries in our area. Checking out a vineyard is one of my family’s favorite pastimes on the weekends because we get a to taste some of the best that Sonoma has to offer. It can also be relatively inexpensive and kid-friendly, especially if you bring your own snacks. So here are my top five picnic foods to take with you on your next vineyard adventure!

Short disclaimer: When it comes to pairing food with wine, I am nothing short of being a novice. I like food. I like wine. Therefore, it goes together. These recipes were not prepared to pair with anything in particular. Although I can speak from experience when I say the popcorn goes great with rosé, and the Nutella S’mores are next level if they’re enjoyed alongside Ferrari Carrano’s chocolate dessert wine.

5 Easy Family-Friendly Picnic Foods

{Italian Herb and Cheese Popcorn}

Ingredients:

⅓ cup popcorn, unpopped
3 Tbsp oil
½ c parmesan cheese
½ Tbs cheese-flavored popcorn topping (optional)
2 tsp Italian seasoning
Salt to taste

Directions:

Pop popcorn according to package directions. Pour into a large bowl and while still hot, add the parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, and salt. Mix, then store in airtight container, or divide into paper lunch sacks for individual servings.

 

{Antipasto Skewers}

*Antipasto Skewers are depicted in the photo below with  Pizza Rolls*

Ingredients:

Small skewers
Cherry or grape tomatoes
Fresh basil leaves
Mild white cheese (Havarti or Mozzerella work really well)
Kalamata olives
Roasted garlic cloves- found in grocer’s olive bar
Salami

Directions:

Spear each ingredient onto the skewer, alternating between ingredients. Store in an airtight container and keep chilled. These are totally customizable, so if you love olives, add more. And if your not planning on kissing anyone, layer on those garlic cloves.

 

{Pizza Rolls}

Ingredients:

Thawed pizza dough
1 tsp olive oil
1 Tbsp flour
2 cups spinach, chopped
¼ cup Marinara
¼ tsp Garlic powder
1 cup Italian blend shredded cheese
1 tsp Italian seasoning

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450. Grease large baking sheet with olive oil. On a smooth surface, sprinkle flour and roll out thawed pizza dough into a rectangle. Spoon the marinara onto the dough and spread to the edges with the back of a spoon. Evenly sprinkle on the garlic powder, chopped spinach, cheese, and Italian seasoning. Starting at the longer end, carefully roll the dough into one long log. Cut into 12 pieces and place each roll on baking sheet about an inch apart (to easily cut log into equal pieces, cut the log in half, then cut each half in half, and then cut these into three pieces). Bake for 12 – 15 minutes until golden brown and cheese is bubbly. Store in an airtight container. These are awesome to take on a picnic because they store well (for a few hours) and taste great at room temperature.

 

{Brie and Prosciutto “Grilled”  Sandwiches}

Ingredients:

4 slices Sourdough bread
Spreadable brie cheese
8 slices prosciutto
Fig spread or apricot jam

Directions:

Toast the bread. Spread brie on one piece of toast and jam on the other. Sandwich the prosciutto between these two pieces. Cut in half, then wrap whole sandwich in parchment paper or wax paper. This will keep the bread from getting soggy. Makes 2 large sandwiches.

 

{Nutella S’Mores in a Jar}

Ingredients:

4 mini mason jars
4 Tbsp melted butter
6 Graham Crackers
8 Tbsp Nutella
8 Tbsp Marshmallow cream
½ C mini marshmallows

Directions:

In a food processor combine graham crackers and butter and pulse until it looks like sand. Divide mixture between the mason jars and pack down with the back of a spoon. Spoon in 2 Tbsp each of Nutella and Marshmallow cream, layering one on top of the other. Top with mini marshmallows. If you desire, toast the marshmallows on top with a small kitchen torch before sealing each jar with a lid. Store in the fridge if you are making these a day ahead, but allow them to come to room temp before serving.

I hope you enjoy all of these picnic foods at whichever winery you choose for your next adventure. If you have any favorite family-friendly picnic foods, I would love to hear about them. So drop a comment below!

5 Easy Picnic Foods to Take On Your Vineyard Adventure

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2 Responses to 5 Easy Picnic Foods to Take On Your Vineyard Adventure

  1. Lorraine Mays March 9, 2018 at 9:09 pm #

    Such a perfect idea! Thanks for sharing these wonderful recipes.

  2. Jenna March 10, 2018 at 6:51 am #

    Love the s’mores in a jar idea!! Going to make these for my kiddos!

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