As we mentioned in our road trip post, we wanted to keep our getaway weekend as relaxed as possible. Nothing like a few girlfriends and glasses of wine to calm “I do” day jitters. To save precious time, we kept our picnic menu fairly simple, preparing as much as we could the night before, leaving mostly only assembling and packing up for the morning of our excursion. With the exception of a short-lived coffee scare (the beans were whole with no grinder in sight, but a vintage blender came to the rescue ) our portable plan went off without a hitch.
Ravenous after driving around to locate a picnic spot, we couldn’t wait to dig into the appetizers. The stuffed peppadews provided protein (and heat!) while lemon and cucumber infused water cooled things down.
Going against tradition in this recipe straight from cotton country, we made these cheese sausage balls with soy sausage. No one seemed to miss the meat, but couldn’t ignore the cayenne kick. The few left over were enjoyed warm at breakfast the next morning.
Our version of these chilled soba cucumber cups weren’t quite as tidy as the original Kitchn version, but we can attest that they tasted delicious. We added a sprinkle of black sesame seeds for a tiny bit of flavorful crunch.
The main course featured a few different finger sandwiches, from an easy sun-dried tomato and ricotta spread served on focaccia to sweet and salty fig butter and prosciutto tartines. Brioche rolls made perfect buttery landings for a chicken salad, chunky with pecans, apples and celery.
You’d think we’d be full, but… after coming across Can It, Bottle It, Smoke It And Other Kitchen Projects, we couldn’t wait to try this ingenious and adorable dessert, individual fruit cobblers ready to eat from the jar. As evidenced below, the occasion was ripe for it.
To sweet endings. And beginnings! ~ our best to the bride
* cute chevron picnic blanket with much appreciated waterproof bottom layer by PoBa