The British weather rarely affords us the opportunity to truly enjoy an idyllic picnic; one where the wicker basket sits pride of place on a fresh blanket, laid out between the trees on a freshly cut common. More often, we set out with the best of intentions, only for it end up in a wash out where egg sandwiches are washed down with an argument in the car over whose job it was to check the weather.
Nevertheless, you must continue to strive for the perfect picnic in the hope that one day you’ll be reward with good weather. And when that day comes, your basket shall be filled with glorious food made using the recipes you found on this page.
Pork & Apple Sausage Rolls
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Is there a more popular finger food than the sausage roll? These bite-size pork and apple filled rolls by Homemade are simple and scrumptious, providing a great twist on the classic picnic nibble.
Cornflake Chicken Nuggets
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Tender chunks of chicken, coated in crunchy cornflakes, what’s not too like? As yummy cold as they are fresh from the oven, Nicole Hunn’s chicken nuggets will go down a treat. This is a great recipe to get the kids involved with and gluten-free too!
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The word 'picnic' is derived from the French word 'pique-nique', and it was indeed our al fresco-loving European neighbours that popularised the food excursion. Tip your hat to tradition by making room in your basket for Pan Bagnat – a whopping stuffed sandwich that packs in ham, cheese, peppers, onion and olives. Lavender and Lovage’s recipe isn’t a traditional Pan Bagnat, but you’ll love it all the same.
The key to picnic-worthy pickled onions is good vinegar and four weeks in a cupboard. Cottage Smallholder puts a nice little twist on standard recipes by adding chillies, shallots and bay leaves. If you don’t like your pickled onions with a hot kick, you can leave out the chillies without sacrificing any of the great taste.
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There is hummus and then there is the perfect hummus, which is what The Guardian’s Felicity Clarke is teaching you with this recipe. Serve with a selection of raw veggies, pitta bread or tortillas. If you want to get more adventurous with your hummus, check out some of the ways BuzzFeed suggest eating it.
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Focaccia flatbread is our favourite Italian bread. It’s really easy-to-make and incredibly versatile, pairing effortlessly with any number of toppings. Country Living’s apricot and prosciutto topping is one we really like. It’s got that light, summery vibe, making it perfect for picnics.
Deviled Egg Potato Salad
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A typical garden salad doesn’t fare well in a picnic; lettuce goes slimy and tomatoes go soggy, ruining everything else in your Tupperware box. If it’s salad you want, build it around eggs and potatoes. This recipe uses Yukon potatoes; if you can’t get hold of these, white potatoes will do just fine.
Get the jam and clotted cream at the ready, you’re about to have a whole batch of dairy and egg-free scones primed for consumption, courtesy of Netmums.
A staple food of picnics and party buffets, scotch eggs are a must... they were developed specifically for posh picnics, for Christ’s sake! As your picnic deserves the very best scotch eggs, we did some digging around for a high-quality recipe and found this one from everyone’s favourite science-chef Heston Blumenthal.
Three-cheese and chive tart
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Are three cheeses overkill for a tart? Not when the three cheeses are Cheshire, Red Leicester and Cheddar. Encased within a crumbly homemade pastry, enjoy a slice of tart with an ice cold beverage.
Poached Champagne Strawberries with Mint
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After all that savoury food, you’re going to be clambering for something sweet. Tom Aiken’s poached strawberries with mint and champagne are the perfect summer dessert and quintessentially British.
Chocolate fridge cake
There’s always room for cake. This no bake recipe by Tesco Realfood is a great one to get the kids involved with, even if they’re not invited to the picnic!
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Wash your food down with a tall glass of freshly squeezed lemonade. This recipe from Happy Hooligans requires just three ingredients – lemons, sugar and water – and can be made in minutes.
Cheese and Pickle Sandwiches
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We couldn’t do it. We just couldn’t let you head off, picnic basket in hand, knowing it didn’t contain cheese and pickle sandwiches. So have this one as a bonus recipe. You probably know all too well how to put such as a sandwich together, but here’s the recipe anyway. The bread is wholemeal, the cheese is cheddar and the pickle is, of course, Branston.
The British weather rarely affords us the opportunity to truly enjoy an idyllic picnic; one where the wicker basket sits pride of place on a fresh blanket, laid out between the trees on a freshly cut common. More often, we set out with the best of intentions, only for it end up in a wash out where egg sandwiches are washed down with an argument in the car over whose job it was to check the weather. Nevertheless, when the sun does turn up you need to be ready - these recipes will ensure you are!