When the weather is this nice, it’s hard to stay indoors – even for dinner! Picnics are the perfect way to spend a little extra time soaking up the sunshine, whether it’s with your family, partner friends or on your own. To make the planning as painless as possible. we’ve gathered our very best advice and recipes for creating a picnic to remember.
Quesadillas for a picnic? We know it sounds a little atypical, but these are great for picnics for two very important reasons: they’re easy to make in large batches and they don’t get soggy!
You’ll need 6” flour tortillas – a good rule of thumb is to estimate about 3-5 per person, depending on if you’re bringing other sides and if it’s a dinner or lunch meal. It’s never a bad thing to have leftovers!
Place the tortillas on a large baking tray, lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Top with sliced red and yellow bell peppers, your preferred blend of Mexican cheeses and finall, put a spoonful of our rich Duck Rillette. Fold in half, and place them in the oven at 375 degrees F for 7-10, or until the cheese is melted and the tops are slightly golden brown. To keep warm, wrap them in aluminum foil.
You’ll need sour cream, salsa and guacamole to dip. For accompanying sides, bring along chips and guacamole, spanish rice, refried beans or an avocado salad.
Pasta salad is a lovely picnic dish – it’s filling, versatile and is fine when eaten cold or warm. Start with your favorite variety of pasta – penne is always a good choice, but you also can’t go wrong with angel hair, farfalle or ziti – and then add your favorite vegetables.
When making this for ourselves, we use grape tomatoes, sliced mushroom and cucumbers. Incorporate cubes of fresh mozzarella or cheddar. Finally, top with cubes of our rich Forest Mushroom Pâté .
Don’t forget to bring bowls, forks and a serving spoon!
We’re not sure what the best part of this recipe is – the truffle, the mousse, the poppable, bite-size shape, or the fact that you don’t have to turn on your oven to make them. For years, our Truffle Mousse Balls have inspired rave reviews, yet this three-ingredient recipe takes only minutes to make.
Simply roll teaspoon-sized balls of our Truffle Mousse into a mixture of Panko breadcrumbs and thyme, then set them in the fridge until you’re ready to serve them. Make these in a large batch. The decadence of the truffle makes each bite practically melt in your mouth, keeping you coming back to the plate again and again.
One should always take advantage of seasonal craft beers. Brewers typically use the freshest fruits, herbs and spices on hand, meaning that during summer, we’re flush with bright, citrus-y shandys and wheat ales. Summer beers are usually light, crisp and refreshing, making them the perfect pair for rich, creamy and spicy flavors.
Likewise, IPAs are hoppy, strong beers that work incredibly well with rich flavors. For a perfect pairing, we suggest a thin slice of our Campagne pâté ‘tween the burger and the roll. Lose the ketchup though, add a pickle instead!
For the Little Ones
You can’t go wrong with a homemade lemonade! Steer away from harmful artificial sugars and syrups and embrace natural with this strawberry lemonade recipe.
Helpful Tips for the Perfect Picnic
Get Creative. You don’t have to buy anything to have a great time. It’s easy to reuse things around your house for picnic purposes. Use old jam jars to carry condiments, a thermos for ice cubes or cold drinks, and muffin tins to hold your drinks once you’re on location.
Go Recyclable. Don’t stress yourself out by carrying home a garbage bag full of dirty dishes. Choosing recyclable options such as paper plates, cups and tableware will make cleanup a snap.
Plan it Out. Find a place you’d like to spend the afternoon, scope it out – are there picnic tables, or will you need to bring a blanket? Do you need to bring chairs? Is there a BBQ? A few minutes of planning beforehand can make your afternoon one to remember.Spring Pairings: Pâté & Chutney
Do you ever find yourself wondering how to enhance your favorite foods? Classics like ketchup and mustard get boring and don’t work on a lot of dishes. That’s why we believe chutneys are a great condiment to have around: they use bold and bright flavors to enhance their main course counterparts. The rich and flavorful aspects of both chutneys and pâtés work in harmony – making them our pairing of choice this springtime.
Four Pairings for you to Try at Home:
1. Pheasant Rosemary Pâté + Spiced Plum Chutney
This pairing brings the holiday spirit to any time of the year. Bold, deep flavors on both ends make these two perfect to stand alone as appetizers.
Find more information about our Pheasant Rosemary Pâté here, and a recipe for Spiced Plum Chutney here.
2. Campagne + Tamarind Chutney
A tamarind chutney is one of the most popular, and its thick yet saucy texture makes it perfect for drizzling over an aged cheese or a pâté or spread onto a slice of bread. Its sweet and sour taste pairs especially well with our Pâté de Campagne which features pork and sherry. Enjoy with a bed of fresh greens, such as arugula or spinach.
Find more information about our Pâté de Campagne and a recipe for tamarind chutney here.
3. Chicken Ballotine + Mango Pineapple Chutney
When paired correctly, sweet and savory are a marriage made in heaven. This pairing is one of those marriages. The bright citrus flavors of the mango pineapple chutney pair well with savory, lean chicken and the tropical flavors of our Chicken Ballotine.
Find more information about our Chicken Ballotine here , and a recipe for Mango Pineapple chutney here.
4. Black Peppercorn Mousse + Cherry Tomato Chutney
The creamy texture of our Black Peppercorn Mousse is enhanced by the chunky texture of this savory cherry tomato chutney. Pair these two together on top of a burger, on a sandwich, or as an easy anytime snack with a slice of baguette.
Find more information about our Black Peppercorn Mousse here, and a recipe for Cherry Tomato Chutney here.5 Pâté and Rosé Pairings That Will Elevate Any Meal (and Your Mood)
Spring is in the air. The flowers are blooming, the sun is shining and the air is warming. Life is good. But life is better with a tall glass of rosé, and better still with a delicious platter of pâté and good friends to share with. Read on for our favorite pairings of this perfect spring beverage with this perfect anytime food.
Medium-Bodied Dry Rosés + Forest Mushroom Pâté
Specifically: Southern French (Rhône and Languedoc) and Spanish rosés from Rioja and Navarra
This type of rosé stands up to big, savory flavors – so it’s the perfect pairing for our Wild Forest Mushroom Pâté. Rich with bold flavors, such as shiitake mushroom, pork and sherry, it’s perfect for eating cubed and served with a tall glass of your favorite medium-bodied rosé.
Light Dry Rosés + Herb de Provence Chicken Pâté
Specifically: Most Provençal rosés, Pinot Noir based rosés from Burgundy and the Loire, and Italian Bardolino Chiaretto
These rosés are crisp – similar to a glass of dry white wine – so they pair well with spiced pâtés, like our Herb de Provence recipe. Both are perfect for enjoying outside on the patio with friends.
Rosé Champagne + Truffle Mousse Pâté
Specifically: Brut rosés, such as those from Veuve Clicquot or Bollinger
There’s something about rosé champagne that makes it feel even more decadent than regular champagne. And what better pair for decadence than a succulent Truffle Mousse Pâté? Savory and satisfying at once, this pairing is ideal for a girls night or me-time.
Elegant, Fruity Rosé + Duck Rillette
Specifically: Merlot-based Bordeaux rosé, More luxe Provençal rosés such as Bandol and Palette
Bright, fruity flavors are emblematic of spring time, and there’s nothing better to complement those flavors than a gamey, rich pâté. Our Duck Rillette is modestly seasoned, allowing the savory notes of duck to come through and meld perfectly with fruity rosés.10 3-Ingredient Cracker Toppings
We’re celebrating the goodness of simplicity this season. Our new Olive Oil & Sea Salt crackers are flaky and flavorful, yet have only three ingredients. With the season of entertaining quickly approaching, everyone’s looking for easy ways to please a crowd.
The basic ingredients in our cracker make it the perfect pairing for an array of ingredients. We’ve gathered a collection of our favorite 3-ingredient toppings to show you just how good simple can be.
Alexian Chicken Liver Pâté + Capers + Shredded Smoked Cheddar
Smoked cheddar complements the bold flavors in our classic New York deli style Chicken Liver Pâté.
Fresh Sliced Mozzarella + Basil + Sliced Tomato
Kid approved and a classic, this Caprese style serving goes perfectly with the hints of olive oil in our crackers.
Goat Cheese + Sun Dried Tomatoes + Spinach
Simple Mediterranean favorites work in harmony to create the perfect bite, you can also use roasted red peppers in place of sun-dried tomatoes!
Alexian Black Peppercorn Mousse + Grilled Onions + Smoked Gouda
A comforting combination for a fall day, our Black Peppercorn Mousse goes perfectly with caramelized onions and a mild smoked gouda.
Goat Cheese + Sliced Fig + Balsamic Dressing Drizzle
Figs are a lovely late fall fruit, and the balsamic drizzle brings out their natural sweetness, while the goat cheese provides a creamy balance.
Hummus + Thinly Sliced Cucumbers + Shredded Carrots
Creamy hummus with crunchy cucumbers and carrots make a bright, protein-packed bite for hungry crowds.
Avocado + Turkey + Swiss
It’s great on a sandwich, but it’s even better on our crackers. Pair avocado, deli sliced turkey and either shredded or sliced swiss for a perfect appetizer (or lunch on the go).
Smoked Salmon + Cream Cheese + Dill
Smoked salmon and cream cheese are usually found on a bagel, but our crackers make a great vehicle too. Add a sprig of dill for a fresh balance to the creamy and smoky flavors.
Alexian Pheasant Rosemary Pâté + Chopped Pecans + Fresh Rosemary Sprigs
As the name suggests, our Pheasant Rosemary Pâté already has hints of rosemary and pecans, but adding extra on top brings out the flavor. Toast the pecans for extra flavor!
Prosciutto + Pear + Balsamic Drizzle
Salty prosciutto is great when paired with sweet fruits, such as pears, and the balsamic drizzle works to tie it all together.
A good dip is worth its weight in gold: it’s almost universally loved, incredibly versatile, and makes the perfect dish to pull out before a meal or bring to a party. The key to a good dip, however, is the depth of flavor. With the busiest time of the year quickly approaching, few of us have time to whip up a dip completely from scratch.
Luckily, Alexian pâtés are cooked in a time-honored tradition with the herbs, spices, and love to create the perfect base for your next holiday dip.
Keep these simple (yet delicious) pâté-based dips in your recipe arsenal to pull out at your next gathering.
Eggplant, Goat Cheese & White Bean
Our Eggplant, Goat Cheese and Roasted Red Pepper Mousse are packed with delicious flavors. You can easily serve it on its own at room temperature, but we love creating something with a little bit more flare.
To create a creamy dip, drain and rinse one can of white beans. Stir them into the pâté, mashing slightly until thoroughly combined. Top with crumbled goat cheese, to taste, and heat at 350 degrees F until warm all the way through.
Truffle & Gruyere with Caramelized Onion
The holidays are a time of indulgence. What is more indulgent than a decadent Truffle Mousse dip?
To make this instant-sensation, start by sautéing one yellow onion in a saucepan over medium-high heat with olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Once caramelized, remove from heat. Next, grate 8 ounces of Gruyere cheese. In a medium bowl, mix ¾ of the cheese and the Truffle Mousse. Spread into a small baking pan. Top with the caramelized onions, a generous drizzle of honey, and the remainder of the cheese.
Let it bake at 425 degrees F for about 25 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and hot.
Smoked Cheddar & Duck Rillette
For a simple, effortless dip that’s rich in flavor, look no further than a bold smoked cheddar dip with our savory Duck Rillette.
Simply pour melted smoked cheddar over an even layer of warmed Duck Rillette and enjoy! If you wish, you can also stir it into the Rillette so it’s evenly distributed into the dip. This is enjoyed with crackers or toasted baguette.