Recently the sun has been shining and it puts a smile on everyone’s faces. Life seems so much more relaxed in the sunshine, you feel you can stop, sit a while and unwind. Food tastes much nicer eaten outside, sat round a table with friends and lively conversation. Now is the time for picnics and barbecues, before the sun decides we have had enough and runs away again. For me no picnic is complete without a picnic pie. There is something about having a nice slice of cold pie that makes it seem really like a picnic. Nestled on your plate with sandwiches and cherry tomatoes, waiting to be savoured. This weekend I decided I was going to try and make a picnic pie.
I wanted to make something that was a little bit lighter than a pork pie so I decided to use a lot of different vegetables to give it a Mediterranean flavour. A picnic pie does need some meat so I also added some chicken and chorizo sausage to run though the pie as the centre layer. This worked really well, the paprika in the chorizo balancing the vegetables and the chicken adding a subtle meaty taste. The pie does take quite a while to make, but you get a lot of servings from it so would be perfect when you have friends round. The vegetables could be prepared in advance and the pie cooked the next day.
For me it was the perfect excuse to get the picnic hamper out and enjoy dinner al fresco in the sun. With plenty of salad, a good crusty bread and a cold drink it was the perfect way to enjoy the sunshine. The different layers in the pie mingle together well and it is like a burst of summer on a plate. I also had plenty left to take to work for lunch the next day which was a bonus.