One thing on my summer bucket list that I haven’t completed yet is to have a picnic. When planning a picnic, good food is essential and earlier this summer at the President’s Choice Summer Getaway, I had the chance to learn a few delicious summer recipes from Andrea Bucket, Executive Sous Chef at George Weston Ltd. My favourite fruit are strawberries so I’ve been meaning to recreate this recipe:
GRILLED PC® HALLOOM WITH STRAWBERRIES & BASIL
1 pkg PC® Halloom Semi-Soft Unripened Cheese, sliced into 1⁄4 inch slices
3⁄4 cup Sliced strawberries
4 Basil leaves, roughly chopped
1 tbsp PC® Organics Pure Honey
1⁄4 tsp Sea salt
1 tsp Pepper
1. Preheat grill to medium high heat
2. Place Halloom cheese on grill and cook for about 3 minutes per side
3. In the meantime, stir together strawberries, basil, honey and pepper and set aside
4. Place grilled Halloom cheese on a serving platter and top with strawberries
When we prepared this at the getaway, I was surprised how well the sweetness of the strawberries and honey balanced the heartiness of the cheese. *Tip: here’s an easy way to hull strawberries
*. For a picnic, I’d pack these up in a mini mason jar (because who doesn’t love mini things!) and give everyone their own individual serving. You’ll need a few more elements to make the perfect picnic so here are my picnic essentials:
To me, picnics are just as much about the ambience as they are about the food. I need to have a soft blanket and durable plates to go along with the salads, fruit, and sweets (like the PC® S’mores Dessert Cookies
which would make a great late afternoon treat).
To make your al fresco dining a little earlier, I have a $50 President’s Choice® Gift Card to giveaway! There’s so many great products in store right now – like this (great as a dip) and this which you can use to add a bit of crunch to your salads – that you’ll have that gift card spent in no time.
To enter, simply leave a comment below and tell me your favourite picnic must-have. Potato salad? Bubbly drinks? Watermelon?? Contest closes midnight July 20th. Open to Canadian residents excluding Quebec.
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