This past Monday, Bob and I loaded up at 6:00 a.m. with a friend, Dan Stringer, and headed out for Birding Pawnee National Grasslands. Well, of course, this was an exucse to make it a food event also. I mean, after all, ya have to eat too.
A few weeks ago, I was watching Ina Garten, Barefoot Contessa on the Food Network. She was packing a picnic lunch for a group of her friends. What caught my eye besides the food were the containers she used. Tangerine lunch bags, with matching Chinese take out containers for the side dish, parchment paper to wrap sandwiches. I must say, it was quite impressive. So, I headed over to the Container Store for my items. I bought clear plastic gift bags, matching Chinese take-out containers, lime green and black and white checkered tissue paper.
I decided on a sandwich I call “The Spaniard” a side of simple pasta salad and of course a Granny Smith Apple to match the lime green paper.
It looked as good as it tasted.
- 4 slices Pumpernickle Bread
- Good quality mayonnaise
- 4 slices Black-forest Ham (very thinly sliceed)
- ½ Roasted Red Bell Pepper
- Carmelized Onions
- Shavings of aged Manchego Cheeese
- Smear pumpernickle with mayo. Layer Mayo, ham, bell pepper, caramelized onion and Manchego. Broil until Manchego starts to melt and top with the remaining slice of bread.
When I’m not on the prairie, I will broil this for a few seconds to melt the cheese.
We sat at the group picnic area at Crow Valley Campgound, watched birds go by and had a delicious lunch. The gourmet olives from Whole Foods and Whole Foods Pico with chips helped.
We had a great day of spring migration birdwatching, with 74 species.
The Spaniard Sandwich…It’s What’s For A Picnic for Birding Pawnee National Grasslands