A Picnic Feast On Fox Good Day

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Tune in Thursday, July 3rd on Fox Good Day Dallas around 8:30 to see me pack up this irresistible picnic for a 4th of July outing.

On the menu; delicious hero sandwiches stuffed with goodies and made into 1 large French bread loaf, juicy watermelon on sticks, yummy warm potato salad with bacon and browned butter, crisp cucumber, tomato and feta salad, and for dessert strawberry, blueberry shortcakes made in jars for easy pack up.

French Bread Hero Sandwiches
1 loaf French bread
¼ cup citrus basil pesto
Assorted lunch meats and cheeses
Lettuce
Tomatoes
Parchment paper
Twine
Slice bread down one side to open it up. Assemble sandwich by spreading pesto on one side of the bread, next layer meats, cheeses and lettuce tomatoes. Wrap the sandwich in parchment paper and secure with twine.

Citrus Basil Pesto
2 cups fresh basil leaves packed
½ cup grated parmesan cheese
½ cup toasted pistachios or pine nuts
Zest of an orange
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 clove garlic crushed
Place all ingredients except olive oil in food processor blend until smooth. Add olive oil in a stream while processing.

Warm Potato Salad with Bacon
2 pounds potatoes peeled and chopped.
½ cup butter
4 slices of bacon cooked crisp and crumbled
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons grated onion
¼ teaspoon pepper
Salt to taste
Cook potatoes in salted water until they are tender. In a medium chefs pan brown butter removing any foam that appears. When butter is browned, add onions, bacon, mustard and vinegar and stir well. Pour liquid over potatoes toss to coat and serve immediately or at room temperature.

Fresh Mediterranean Salad
1 cup diced tomatoes
1 cup diced cucumbers
2 green onions chopped
½ cup feta cheese
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
Toss all ingredients together and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Watermelon on Sticks
Wedges of watermelon
Pop sticks.
Insert pop stick into the bottom of each wedge of watermelon. To get picnic ready, slide the watermelon wedges into a zip top bag.

Blueberry Strawberry Shortcakes in Mason Jars
1 cup blueberries
1 ½ cup strawberries chopped
1 small pound cake or angel food cake
2 cups whipped cream
4-6 mason jars
Assemble shortcakes by layering all ingredients in mason jars, starting first with the cake, followed by fruit and cream, repeat until jars are full.

About Lorie Fangio

I am a lifestyle advisor with a passion for connecting families Around the Table for mealtime. We are becoming a society that doesn’t even speak to each other, texting and internet relationships are the norm and it is impacting our culture. I believe the human connection as we know it, is in danger. Finding time to spend together as a family unit can be difficult especially with dual family careers and children that are often hyper scheduled. My mission is to inspire families, with a no nonsense approach to real food. Gathering Around the Table is key to the foundation of familial relationships. Sitting down to a meal is much more than breaking bread, it is a bonding ritual for families that actually protects our kids from all the dangerous stuff in the world. With tips and techniques we can all get our families Around the Table!
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2 Responses to A Picnic Feast On Fox Good Day

  1. Jane Bennett says:

    What a great menu, Lori!! Will try to catch you on TV!

    Hope all is well with you & all the family –

    Jane

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