Three Perfect Tapas Picnic Ideas For Spring And Summer Days

The weather is finally bringing that longed-for spring warmth and London’s parks are coming to life with vibrant colours. It will soon be picnic season, and what better way to celebrate the arrival of the new season than with some tasty Spanish fare on a sunny afternoon. Here are a few ideas that are perfect for garden parties, outdoor concerts, or just chilling in the park.

Spanish ham and cheese sandwich

Give this picnic classic a special twist with some Iberico ham and manchego cheese. Iberico ham is produced from native pigs of the Iberian Peninsula, who graze freely in the Mediterranean forests of Adalusia, southern Spain. The landscape is characterised by a unique biodiversity, including holm oaks, cork oaks, rockrose bushes, broom, and gorse. 

The livestock feed on herbaceous species and acorns, which produces a meat that is unusually rich in flavour, and is high in antioxidants and healthy unsaturated fats. The ham is produced with traditional long curing methods that helps the natural flavours and textures of the meat to fully mature, making it a highly nutritious and prized gourmet food.

Manchego cheese is made from the native Manchego breed of Spanish sheep, and is matured for a minimum of one month, but it can be as long as two years. This gives it a strong and distinctive flavour profile, with a zesty and slightly peppery aroma. Serve with some fresh crusty bread for the perfect picnic sandwich.

Piquillo Peppers Stuffed with Tuna

This is a delicious alternative to the traditional sandwich, but it is quick and easy to prepare and is a great light bite for outdoor eating. To make, simply mix some canned tuna with mayonnaise, capers, and a touch of lemon juice. You can also add chopped parsley and shallots or garlic if you wish, and drizzle with olive oil.

Stuff the mixture into some piquillo peppers for a simple tasty and healthy snack. To make it more substantial, serve on a slice of toasted baguette. 

Tortilla Española Bites

Tortilla Española is a classic Spanish omelette that is made with potatoes, onions, and eggs. Simply cook the ingredients until they are lightly browned, and let it cool and cut it into bite-sized pieces. It is delicious when eaten cold, and you may like to serve it with a side of Manchego cheese and an aioli dip. 

Picnic packing tips

Make sure that your fare is kept fresh on warmer days by adding a couple of ice packs to your picnic basket or cool box. Use airtight containers to keep the food securely sealed and label each box to avoid having to open up everything at once. This is also an important step if anyone in your party has special dietary restrictions.

Opt for reusable plates, napkins, utensils and so on to avoid unnecessary waste. Then simply grab a blanket and your sun cream, and head out to enjoy some al fresco dining!