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6 international recipe ideas for your next picnic

A picnic can be more than ham sandwiches, believe us.

YOU MIGHT NOT have the means or time to go around the world in eighty days, but that doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in some international cuisine from time to time.

And when better to sample some global gourmet deliciousness than at your next picnic?

From Russia (with love) to Japan, we’ve rounded up six really delicious recipes from all across the world for you to try at your next picnic.

Samosas

Source: Rasa Malaysia

Little pastry pockets filled with tasty spicy potato fillings? Yes, please.

There are many variations out there, from meaty to vegetarian, so feel free to experiment yourself.

And top marks if you make the samosa dough yourself although apparently lots of people use pre-made springroll pastry…but we didn’t tell you that.

Onigiri rice balls

Source: Anjali Prasertong

Basically the ‘sandwich’ of Japanese cuisine these rice balls wrapped in seaweed are one of the most popular snack foods in Japan – and a great addition to any picnic. Here’s a recipe for a black sesame and salmon version but you can mix up the ingredients to your taste.

Frittata

Source: Cookie and Kate

Frittatas are a great picnic food – there are endless variations and they taste just as good cold as hot, so you can make them the night before and be ready to roll.

Traditionally made on a frying pan, we found this recipe for a baked frittata and thought it looked like even less hassle than usual.

Let us know if you try it.

Dolmades

Source: Foodwishes

Now these are not the easiest to make, it seems – there are a lot of steps, but they are really tasty and unusual.

You can also buy them pre-made, and pretend you made them yourself if you want to be really cheeky.

Vine leaves can be found in speciality supermarkets specialising in Greek or Middle Eastern cuisine.

Here’s a recipe for lamb and rice stuffed grape leaves - with the handy video right here:

Source: Food Wishes/YouTube

Chicken satay skewers

Source: Steamy Kitchen Recipes

These can be eaten cold so are great to make up and cook in advance.

Of course, if your picnic is actually a BBQ or you’re bringing some kind of disposable grill to it, you can pre-prepare these and have them the ready to throw on when the grill is hot enough.

Here’s a recipe with step by step instructions and photos.

Apple sharlotka

Source: Smittenkitchen

And now for dessert. Of course there’s a dessert. And it’s Russian.

This is a really easy to bake apple dessert – it doesn’t really know what it is. It’s not a cake,  not a tart or a pie, definitely not a crumble.

Give it a go. It’s easy to make, not too sweet, and you’ll be the hit of the picnic.

Are you inspired? Will you try any of these tasty recipes? Let us know in the comments below.

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