This great picnic fare can be packed up and carried along with you as you go. No heavy coolers, minimal leftover trash, and delicious food that adults and kids will love! A Picnic on a Stick lets you eat off the stick! And because you're probably also throwing a Frisbee around, riding bikes or hiking, you don't want the meal to be too heavy. The no-refrigerate dipping sauces make it over the top!
Whole small (“grape”) tomatoes
Chunks of cheddar cheese (or your favorite cheese)
Kielbasa sausage, cooked and cut in to chunks
Dipping Sauce(s) (see recipe below)
Options: You can also try pieces of red/yellow/green pepper, whole peeled/cooked shrimp, cooked cheese tortellini , chunks of cooked chicken breasts
Sweet and Savory Dipping Sauce
½ cup chutney
2 tbl whole grain mustard
¼ cup Dijon or other mustard
2 tbl beer
1 tbl honey
I bag Large Marshmallows
1 quart Medium sized Strawberries
1 batch of baked Lemon Mini Muffins (see recipe below)
It's important to focus on delicious fruit that won't turn brown or have to be cut up/be juicy and wilt everything else on the stick. Strawberries are the perfect fruit. You can combine any selection of treats you like, but these are popular! Ideally, you want all of your skewered elements to be approximately the same size.
Alternately thread whole strawberries (I like to remove the stems from medium sized strawberries, whole marshmallows, and the yummy Lemon Mini Muffins. Once all are skewered, lay them horizontally in a shallow, airtight container.
Options: If you don't care for strawberries, try whole grapes.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line or lightly oil/spray mini muffin cups. Mix ingredients together and fill tin cups ½ full. Bake for approximately 15-20 minutes depending on your particular oven.
The key to not needing a cooler is freezing juice/water bottles ahead of time. The frozen drinks keep the food items chilled enough when packed with the food, and they melt enough to drink and enjoy during the picnic. Grab some straws to make it more festive.