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Gourmet Recipes For A Summer Picnic

Are you inspired by the gourmet chefs on television and the exotic recipes featured in the ever-growing number of cooking magazines? Do you consider yourself a skilled cook, yet you continue to serve rubbery hotdogs and greasy potato chips at summer picnics? For your next al fresco get-together, why not consider whipping up a couple of gourmet dishes that will certainly please your guests. No, you don't have to spend hours in the kitchen. Rather the recipes below are simple, easy to prepare, and a welcome change from the calorie laden, boring fare that is usually found on a picnic table. A spicy Zinfandel would be a perfect wine pairing with this meal, and don't forget to finish with a selection of fresh, seasonal fruits such as cherries, nectarines, and plums.

Brazilian Grilled Skirt Steak
The spice rub can be placed on the steak up to 24 hours before grilling.
Serves 6

4 cloves garlic
1 teaspoons kosher salt
2 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoons ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 lbs skirt steak (halved crosswise)

Mince garlic and mix with kosher salt. Stir together spices in a bowl, add garlic and oil, and blend until paste forms. Pat steaks dry, then rub paste into meat. Place steak in a sealed large plastic bag for at least 8 hours in refrigerator.

Bring steaks to room temperature. Heat grill or barbecue. Grill steak on lightly oiled grill rack for about 5 to 7 minutes or until medium-rare.

Sweet Potato Salad
An interesting twist on the picnic classic, potato salad. It can be made up to two hours ahead of time.
Serves 6

2 lbs sweet potatoes
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
4 teaspoons red wine vinegar
teaspoon kosher salt
cup extra virgin, olive oil
4 green onions, sliced

Peel potatoes and halve. Cut lengthwise into inch wedges, then cut wedges crosswise into 1-inch pieces. Steam potatoes in a steamer over rapidly boiling water in a large covered pot. Cook until potato pieces are just tender (about 10 minutes).

While potatoes are cooking, whisk together vinegar, mustard, and salt in a large bowl. Add oil slowly and whisk until thickened.

Add hot sweet potatoes to dressing and gently toss to combine. Cool salad to room temperature and add green onions and additional salt to taste.

Looking for more Picnic Recipes or Picnic Food Ideas? If you into gourmet food but don't have a lot of time on your hands and/or much experience with cooking gourmet food, check out Gourmet Food Revolution's Picnic Menu. It's gourmet cooking with an emphasis on easy.

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