5 Ideas for Outdoor Eats on Memorial Day


Memorial Day is coming up and the long weekend is a cue for many to leave the city and spend a little time with nature. Though it has been rather wet in New York City, the weather forecast predicts pockets of sunshine on Saturday. So assuming the weather holds up, we’ve rounded up some great food ideas for you to bookmark. The key to these are that they’re portable and don’t expire easily. Recipes are linked to the dish title.

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1) Mason Jar Cocktails

Mason jars are all the hype these days, and what better what to transport your homemade cocktails then storing them in these adorable yet portable containers? You can make multiple drinks and then stash them in a cooler for the rest of the day.

2) Spiced Chickpeas

Stashing up on your regular ol’ store-bought trail mix can get a bit boring. Kick it up a notch with some munchies you can make yourself. These spiced chickpeas are made with masala seasoning, olive oil, sea salt, and cayenne pepper.

3) Chipotle Kale Chips

Throw in a little nutritional value into the mix. Can’t go wrong with kale chips. All you need is kale, olive oil, and chipotle paprika. The baking time takes around 20 minutes. Quick, cheap, and easy!

4) Picnic Apple Pies

Factor in dessert with these portable apple pies. The ingredients: 9″ pie crust, apples, flour, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, bourbon or rum, and egg.

5) Hong Kong-style Hot Dog Buns

For the main course, try a new take on a classic hot dog buns. These Asian hot dog buns are made with tangzhong, a flour-water roux that gives the buns its fluffy texture.