We originally designed this Easter menu to be toted to your favorite picnic spot, which may prove impossible this year—social distancing dictates that you stay six feet apart from others, after all. But you could still enjoy this low-key yet celebratory meal in your own backyard or on your patio if you’re lucky enough. Or, since everything is so portable, make up a picnic basket and drop it off at the door of a friend or family member you can’t actually break bread with this year (just be sure they follow proper protocol for food deliveries).
The Genius of Jars
Transporting food and drinks (whether for a picnic or in service of an edible gift) can involve tricky logistics, but these recipes specifically made to be baked, stored, or prepared in sturdy jars and bottles make packing easy.
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Ball jars also work, but the fluted shape of these jelly jars is particularly pretty.
We’ve used light seasonal ingredients like leeks, carrots, and strawberries to create an elegant Easter lunch that packs up like a dream, and included a refreshing, large-batch citrus cocktail to sip on while you snack and relax on a blanket…or on your couch.
A light and creamy carrot custard topped with layers of French lentils enriched with goat cheese and fresh zucchini sauteed with thyme and leeks is a lovely and multifaceted vegetarian lunch option (but it also happens to be great with ham). Get our French Lentil Terrine with Savory Carrot Custard recipe.
A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and these salmon rillettes would make a pretty fantastic spread all on their own, but as part of a springtime menu, this creamy, lightly smoked terrine is even better. It’s made from a mixture of smoked and fresh salmon, with Pernod (a French anise liqueur), shallots, and a lemony crème fraîche-and-butter dressing. Get our Smoked and Steamed Salmon Rillettes recipe.
Fresh berries baked under an almond crisp topping are delicious—and when they’re baked in small jars, they’re not only adorable, but automatic portion control. Get our Strawberry-Blueberry Crisp recipe.
Canned wine or spiked seltzer are perfectly legitimate picnic options, but you can opt for cocktails if you prefer. This refreshing floral drink has you mix the base of elderflower syrup, Lillet Blanc, and limoncello in a bottle, then simply pour it out and top if off with club soda once you’ve found the perfect spot for your blanket and picnic basket…or cued up something new on Netflix, as the case may be. Get our Corsican Cocktail recipe.
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