Small Spreads

Picnic Spread #1


Chicken & bacon sandwiches on crusty bread with cheddar cheese, onions and spinach, topped with a raspberry honey mustard. These sound delicious! 

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This is a great salsa! It’s light and refreshing and has wonderful flavor with a nice combination of sweet and spicy. It pairs well with salty tortilla chips.

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A tasty little bite of cheese tortellini, salami, cheddar cheese and olives. This recipe makes 50, so you’ll only need ½ the recipe for a small spread.

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These cookies are rich and chocolaty and simply delicious. When I made these, I drizzled them with chocolate, but if your outdoor picnic is in warm weather, I would recommend following the recipe and covering them in sugar instead.

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Shopping List

  • Bacon (1 pound)
  • Rotisserie Chicken (1.5 to 2 pounds)
  • Salami (25 slices)


  • Eggs (3)
  • Butter (1-1/4 cup)
  • Cheddar Cheese, Extra-Sharp, sliced (1 pound)
  • Sharp Cheddar (25 cubes)


  • Cheese Tortellini, refrigerated (half of an 8-9 ounce package)


  • Spinach, baby (4 large handfuls)
  • Cilantro (handful)
  • Jalapeno pepper (1)
  • Red Onion (1 large)
  • Strawberries (15-20)
  • Lime (1)


  • Flour, All-purpose (2-1/2 cups)
  • Sugar (2-1/2 cups)
  • Baking Soda (1-1/4 teaspoons)
  • Cocoa (1 cup)
  • Vanilla (2-1/2 teaspoons)
  • Black Pepper (to taste)
  • Toothpicks (25)


  • Black Olives, medium size (1 small can)
  • Green Olives, medium size (6 ounce jar)
  • Honey Mustard (1/2 cup)
  • Italian Salad Dressing (1/2 bottle)
  • Raspberry Preserves (1/2 cup)


  • Sesame Semolina (2 loaves)
  • Tortilla Chips (1 bag)



 A day before the party:

  • Bake the fudgy chocolate cookies; allow them to cool; store in airtight container.
  • Cook the tortellini. When they are cool, place them in a large ziplock bag with ½ bottle of Italian salad dressing and allow to them to marinate in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Prepare the Chicken Bacon Pressed Picnic Sandwiches. Wrap them in plastic wrap. Press them down with a heavy object and allow to sit overnight in the refrigerator.


Day of the party:

  • Skewer the tortellini, salami, cheese and olives for the Mini Italian Appetizer Skewers.
  • Unwrap the Chicken Bacon Pressed Picnic Sandwiches and slice each loaf into 8 pieces. Place sandwiches on serving platter covered with plastic wrap. Serve with the raspberry mustard.
  • For the Strawberry Jalapeno Salsa, chop the strawberries, red onion, jalapeno, and cilantro; add lime and black pepper. Place in a covered serving bowl. Serve with tortilla chips.
  • Pack everything in your picnic basket.

And enjoy the spread!



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