One of our favorite ways to spend a warm summer day is to meet friends for a picnic in one of Denver's awesome parks. Lucky for you, we have laid out a perfect and simple menu for your next meal enjoyed al fresco.
Easily the best part of any picnic or party is a cheeseboard. Even better, it requires no cooking and very little prep. The key components are 3-4 types of cheese, bread and/or crackers, fresh fruit, and jam. A few other nice elements you can add are olives, cornichons, nuts, and dried fruit.
For the cheese, we suggest one of each of the following:
- one hard, aged cheese like cheddar or aged gouda
- one soft & spreadable cheese like goat cheese or brie
- one semi-hard cheese like gouda or gruyere
- one funky cheese like gorgonzola or bleu
Tomato & Peach Caprese Salad
For this simple salad, grab some fresh mozzarella or burrata, fresh tomatoes, peaches, basil, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar.
Tear or slice the cheese and place on a platter. Top with sliced tomatoes & peaches. Drizzle olive oil on top. Add several drops of balsamic vinegar, then salt and pepper to taste.
This salad is very versatile and is great at room temperature. You can find the recipe for the panzanella here.
This cocktail is perfect because you make a large recipe several hours ahead of time. You can find the recipe for the sangria here.