Everyone knows that you take picnic sandwiches when you go on a picnic. All too often they consist of a leaf wilting lettuce, a slice of processed cheese and a soggy tomato between two pieces of white bread .
With a bit of effort and imagination you can make your sandwiches a little bit different so they are really delicious and stand out in a crowd.
There are sandwiches for vegetarians, hungry teenagers, romantic couples and families with kids.
For smart occasions like weddings or race meetings make some gourmet sandwiches.
Choose the right sandwich bread for you. Don't stick to thin sliced white bread . It is pretty tasteless and goes dry in no time.
Always buy your bread from a baker or a supermarket that bakes their own bread. Pick a square white, wholemeal or grain loaf to make sandwiches.
From bagel rolls to pita bread wraps there are breads to suit every filling and every occasion.
You can use just about any foods for your sandwich filling, in fact it's often the experimental combinations that turn out to be the most successful.
Add plenty of filling to any picnic sandwich but slice foods thinly. Two thin slices are easier to eat than one thick one. Shred lettuce. Use grated carrot.
Try mixing sweet and savory. Marmalade with cheese is a tasty favourite in our family.
Add some grated apple for a new taste experience.
Use these fillings as a base to make some tasty picnic sandwiches. Add some salad vegetables and sauces.
At a BBQ use grilled meats with onions, coleslaw, potato salad and tomatoes.
Use breast or sliced chicken from the deli for a picnic sandwich. Add green salad, mayonaise or cheese.
Turkey makes a great sandwich filling whether in pieces or finely sliced. Use it topped with cranberry sauce and with salads. It can be used as a subsitute for chicken or visa versa. If you are going on a Christmas or Thanksgiving picnic turkey sandwiches are ideal.
Eggs can be hardboiled and chopped or mashed, fried or scrambled to put into a picnic sandwich. Egg and cress sandwiches are a traditional summer standby. They can mixed with mayonaise, added to salad or or used in a myriad of other ways.
Tuna is easy to make into a sandwich. Add mayonaise and a salad.
Sandwiches are ideal food for vegetarians. Use all sorts of salads and vegetables with beans, tofu, cheese or egg to make lovely, moist fillings.
If you are planning a picnic for a special occasion look for gourmet sandwiches to include in your picnic menu. Avocado, crab, lobster and smoked salmon all make good fillings for gourmet sandwiches.
Keep your sandwiches fresh and inviting until you reach your picnic. Here are some hints for keeping them looking and tasting perfect .
There is a sandwich for every picnic. And there are reasons why they have been so popular at picnics for ages.
They are quick to make, easy to transport and convenient to eat. They can be made in a wide variety of styles and flavours to suit everybody.
The ideal picnic food.