The best spring racing picnic recipes

Ahhh spring racing. The perfect time to don your prettiest frock, sip some bubbly.. oh and something about horses.

The weather in these parts is not exactly spring-like at the moment, despite what November in the Southern Hemisphere (excluding Antarctica!) is meant to deliver.

With any luck the weather will warm up soon. But even if it doesn’t, these gorgeous food ideas are sure to warm your soul and impress your mates.

FRENCH-STYLE MARINATED CHEESE

This recipe, courtesy of Chef George Duran for Jarlsberg Cheese, involves barely any prep time for elegantly amazing results.

All you need to do is dice up Jarlsberg Original, Lite or Hickory Smoked Cheese, olives and shallots. Marinate these in a mixture of vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, oregano, thyme, peppercorns and garlic, and leave in the fridge for one day.

Spring racing - Cheese

Image and recipe via Shockingly Delicious

GRAPE TOMATO CREAM CHEESE TULIPS

Nothing says springtime like tulips!

You’ll need spring onions for the stems, grape tomatoes for the bulbs and your favourite flavour of cream cheese to pipe in for the filling. For a fancier cream cheese filling, see this recipe from Shockingly Delicious. 

Spring racing - Tulips

Image and recipe via Shockingly Delicious

FRESH FRUIT SUSHI 

How cute are these? Not bad for something this healthy, and the kids will love making it as much as eating it!

To make these, cook up some sushi rice, adding some coconut milk at the end. Cut up some fruits of your choice and roll these into the rice. For the finishing touches, slice up some rockmelon for the “ginger” and fruit puree for the dipping sauce.

For the full recipe and instructions, see Bigger Bolder Baking.

Spring racing - fruit sushi

Image and recipe:  Bigger Bolder Baking.

MIXED GREEN SALAD WITH EGG, AVOCADO AND CREAMY LEMON DILL DRESSING

All the ingredients you need for this are basically in the title! A nice refreshing salad that is picnic perfect. Courtesy of Bowl of Delicious.

Spring racing - salad

Image and instructions: Bowl of Delicious.

PRAWN PATE

No Aussie picnic is complete without prawns (not shrimp!) You don’t need a barbie for this one, just a steady hand (blood alcohol level permitting) and a bit of bread.

Ingredients

  • 500g cooked prawns
  • 90g butter
  • Small packet of cream cheese (about 120g)
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • A few drops of Tabasco sauce
  • Two pinches of nutmeg
  • 2 small garlic cloves
  • 4 teaspoons lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Shell and devein the prawns, then chop them very finely.
  2. Mash the butter and cream cheese until soft, then add the prawns.
  3. Add the seasonings, tasting as you go.
  4. The ideal consistency is spreadable. If it is too thick, add some more lemon juice or mayonnaise (to taste).
  5. Pack into a small mould or dish, and serve with buttered toast or toasted french bread

Spring racing - prawn pate

Image and recipe: Hey Bernice

BLT WRAPS

A fresh take on a classic that’s sure to wow your fellow revellers. The secret is in the special sauce which consists of mayo, dijon mustard and cream cheese.

Image and instructions: CenterCutCook

CUDDLES ON THE BEACH

Want a bit of liquid sunshine to go with that? Try this recipe we’ve posted earlier for the mocktail Cuddles on the Beach. If you’d prefer the alcoholic variant (don’t make me say the name, blush giggle), simply substitute the peach nectar for peach schnapps and add vodka. See Mix that drink for the full instructions.

Spring racing - mocktail