Gluten-free picnic –
With the arrival of spring, heat and beautiful days, there is always a growing need to stay outdoor. One of the best things is definitely to organize a picnic, alone or in a group, to enjoy the fresh air and free your mind from the stress of the week.
For those who follow a gluten-free diet, it isn’t easy to find places that offer fast meals (such as sandwiches, pizza or similar). So if we go to the sea or to the mountains, we often have to look for restaurants with gluten-free dishes (if we find them …), buy something at a supermarket, or bring a sandwich from home.
The best thing to not spoiling the day is to make a good gluten-free picnic for everyone, so you can enjoy your meal with family and friends.
Whether the gluten-free picnic takes place at the sea, in the country or in the mountains, this is what you need:
My advice for a “safe” gluten-free picnic is to make it completely without gluten; if someone in the family can’t just give up the “glutinous” bread, you just have to take care of wrapping it in a closed envelope so that it doesn’t come into contact with anything else (and cut it away from the “table” 😉 ).
This recipe can be prepared the evening before and stored in the fridge.
5 medium potatoes
350 g of fresh shrimp
20 cherry tomatoes
extra virgin olive oil
Boil the potatoes, let them cool and cut them in not too large pieces.
Boil the shrimps for 10 minutes with a sprinkle of lemon and a pinch of salt and then unscrew them.
Wash and cut the cherry tomatoes in half, removing the seeds inside.
Stir everything together with salt, oil, pepper and a little lemon juice.
Better prepare it shortly before leaving home, because the salad tends to ruin after being chopped.
salad to your taste
200 g chicken breast
50 g Emmental cheese
50 g mozzarella cuttend in pieces
1 tomato (or 10 cherry tomatoes)
3 “Crostini” by Schär or toasted gluten-free bread
Pass the chicken breast in the spices and grill it (at end of cooking add some salt) and allow it to cool.
When it’s cold cut into pieces or strips (small enough to be eaten with the fork without having to cut them again).
Wash and cut salad and tomatoes. Combine the cheeses and season everything with oil, salt, and a little lemon. Finally, add chicken breast and gluten-free croutons.
Toast only the bread and then fill it.
8 slices of gluten-free bread
4 slices of bresaola
4 teaspoons of spreadable cheese
extra virgin olive oil
Toast the bread and, when it’s cold, spread the cheese, adding the slice of bresaola and seasoning with little oil, salt, and pepper. If you like it you can also add some salad and sliced tomatoes.
If there are children and you want to make them more “simple”, you can fill it with cooked ham or prosciutto and Emmental or other sliced cheese.
Here the recipe of the gluten-free savory square appetizer – you can make them the evening before.
Pasta can be cooked the evening before (or use advanced pasta previously seasoned with oil or tomato).
250 g of cooked pasta (short shaped like “penne”)
30 g of grated Parmesan cheese
30 g of grated Emmental or other cheese
50 g of bacon cut into cubes
extra virgin olive oil
Whisk the eggs with a fork adding salt, pepper, and grated Parmesan cheese.
Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a frying pan and pour the pasta, the bacon, the cheeses and the eggs.
Cover and cook on low heat until the eggs are cooked. Turn the omelet and cook for a few minutes on the other side. Let it cool and then cut it into squares.
For transportation: place the squares of omelet one above the other, in a glass container, separated by a little bit of baking paper.
If you have made pizza the night before, you can bring with you the leftovers, cut into pieces. Perfect can be this recipe: gluten-free deep dish pizza, which remains well preserved the next day, maintaining its fragrance.
Or make the “Panini rolls” by Schär with a filling of cheese and cooked ham (or what you prefer) and grill them: they will last well for several hours.
In our picnic basket certainly it can’t miss the fruits, well washed and dried, or you can make a fruit salad (which can be made the day before, chopping the fruits you prefer and seasoning it with lemon and sugar, white or cane sugar).
You can also bring with you white yogurt (sweeten it with honey), combining a bit of the fruit salad. It will result in a fresh and delicious dessert!
For a “5-star” gluten-free picnic, you can bring home-made cookies or cakes that will please everyone, even those who are not used to gluten-free food. It’s important to put them in rigid glass or plastic containers so that they don’t break.
Here are some recipes of gluten-free biscuits and cakes that you can make the day before:
Gluten-free chocolate cookies with sugar icing
(without the icing sugar glaze, since with the heat it could be ruined)