With Spring finally starting to make an appearance, our attention is turning to warmer days and al fresco dining! Although not quite the rolling Tuscan hills, at Italian Hampers we like to think an authentic Italian picnic is still achievable in good old Blighty. To help you start planning for your outdoor adventures this year, therefore, we’ve put together some of our favourite Italian Picnic Hampers, plus some tasty recipes for those looking for DIY picnic ideas.
Pre-made Picnic Hampers
Our Picnic Hamper for Two (we also offer an option for four) is the perfect gift ahead of summer. Packed with all the essentials needed for a little al fresco adventure, this picnic hamper comes with some delicious snacks and wine to accompany the picnic. As well as plates and cutlery, the picnic hamper contains authentic Italian snacks such as cracked green olives, rosemary breadsticks, and an organic chardonnay. What more could you need for the perfect Italian picnic (aside from some sunshine?)
£89.00 (for four £145.00)
Embrace Italian culture with our Aperitivo Set complete with Alessi Platter. The ideal companion for outside drinks on a warm summer’s evening, our Aperitivo Set comes complete with delicious appetisers and a crisp bottle of our favourite Organic Chardonnay. The perfect bundle to get the party started.
Add a touch of indulgence to your picnic with our Cheese and Wine Party Kit! Crammed full of some of our favourite Italian red and white wines, five different types of Italian artisan cheese and five condiments and snacks to accompany it, you’ll be in an al fresco heaven with this hamper.
Our Antipasto all’Italiana is the perfect hamper for those looking to fill their picnic with delicious, authentic Italian snacks for the perfect antipasto spread. Within this hamper you’ll find antipasti treats such as bruschetta toppings, bread sticks, garlic and black pepper oil and mild chilli pepper paté! What more could you need for a lazy picnic under the sun?
DIY Picnic Hamper Ideas
If the thought of creating your own Italian inspired picnic is more appealing, below we’ve put together some handy recipes. For more information, take a read of our full blog post on Our Guide to the Perfect Italian Picnic.
The Best Antipasti Finger Food
- Cheese: try fresh mozzarella, pecorino or parmigiano!
- A selection of cold, cured meats such as salami, prosciutto and mortadella
- Olives and marinated vegetables (sott’olio)
- A paté for dipping purposes
Recipe for Mixed Herb Frittata
A quick and easy recipe to pop together the night before a picnic, a frittata is a brilliant addition to an al fresco adventure. This recipe feeds 4/5 people:
- Six organic eggs
- 60g of Parmesan or Pecorino Cheese
- 200ml of milk
- Two spoonfuls of olive oil
- Shake of salt and pepper
- Mixed Italian dried herbs (Basil, Oregano, Thyme and Marjoram)
Simply beat the eggs with a dash of salt and pepper then add the milk, grated cheese and herbs. Heat the oil in the pan and cook until thickened (turning once).
Watermelon, peaches, figs and strawberries – all washed down with a delicious crisp Italian Prosecco!
Now, all we need is some sunshine – something we sadly can’t guarantee! To shop our full range of Italian Hampers or picnic hampers, take a look at our full collection here.