Question by spcexcel: Recipe idea – “italian theme” – carryable to a picnic -?
yes, in arizona it is picnic weather!
having a potluck, everyone is bringing a dish. I have 4 choices:
1. “Italian Main Dish: (not lasagna or spaghetti)”
2. “Appetizers & Italian bread”
3. “Italian side salad”
4. “Side dish (not salad)”
I am not necessarily a “natural” at cooking, nor do I do a lot of it. however, I’m a methodical/analytical person and actually DO enjoy occasionally tackling a recipe off the internet or whatever, and just following the instructions to a T. I don’t have intuition with ingredients, but I can follow instructions. I also hate recipies that call for me to purchase a zillion new expensive (OR HARD TO FIND) ingredients that I don’t have, like “You can usually find this at a filipino market on the west coast”, yeah just things from the local supermarket please !!!!!!!
I do already possess most real common spices. And I don’t mind doing chopping/cutting/work. I just don’t want to spend $ 28 in ingredients on a dish that’s worth $ 10 when eaten. Also, please for answers…I don’t possess specialty tools (deep fryers, gigantic woks, pestles). Just your average stuff.
I would like the item to be tasty to a general audience and impress them a bit, even if it’s a small side item. The only things that came to mind is fresh rolls of non-mainstream bread from the grocery deli, along with homemade spinach (or other dips) dip, but I would greatly appreciate more ideas!!!
If it needs to be warm, then it needs to be something that I can put in a crockpot, because we will be taking it to a park and then not eating for about half an hour.
I don’t care if it’s finger food, appetizer type thing, or main dish – I just want it to have a high likelihood of turning out TASTY when made by someone who isn’t a natural cook with lots of experience, but can follow instructions.
Any ideas? thanks so much!
Answer by What’s cookin??
Go for the dishes that don’t have to be served warm, since that is tough in a picnic setting, but its easy to keep stuff cool in cooler with some ice. Here are some ideas that meet your criteria, for the Italian side salad category:
Antipasto Pasta Salad
Insalata Caprese II
Mid-Summer Italian Bread Salad
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