I love summer just as much as everyone else but if I was to nail it down to a few reasons why, it always comes down to food. Summer means longer nights and happier kids. Summer means cooking outdoors and tasting foods you might not get in winter, and summer also means picnics!
I love packing up a cooler and heading for the beach or to see a concert in the park. Inside that cooler will be some wine, fresh fruit, a hodgepodge of cured meats and of course cheese.Another favorite thing to take are these mini custard tarts which I think taste better at room temperature rather than hot from the oven. Because custard tarts are so easy to make and travel with, they’re the perfect picnic snack. All you need are eggs and cream for the basic mix, I added some red onions, roasted red pepper strips and finished them off with a good sprinkling of Cacique® Ranchero® Queso Fresco. The cheese melts right into the egg when they’re baking in the oven creating a great flavor with the onion and pepper.
I love to eat these mini tarts with a green salad on the side and a dollop of bacon and caramelized onion Crema Salvadorena on top. The crema adds some creaminess to the custard tarts and can actually be used on it’s own as a dip, so you may want to pack some of your favorite chips in the picnic basket! My advice for creating the perfect picnic is to keep things simple and finger food style. Use small plates for easier eating sizes and don’t forget something to sit on!
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