Saturday, February 12, 2011

Valentine's Day Picnic Recipes

I am always looking for ways to have a little fun on the holidays with my family and taking your family on a picnic on Valentines day is a wonderful way to celebrate with them. Whether you throw down a blanket in your living room, over a desk at work (surprise your spouse) or at a nearby park (depending on the weather), this little outing can be a memorable one; especially with the right food!
A week ago, I tried out a new pulled pork recipe on my family and it was a huge hit. It cooks in the slow cooker which I love. This pulled pork recipe could be made the day before and then packaged into containers to take on your picnic. All that would be required is to take the meat mixture and spread on buns and serve on paper plates. Easy Peasy!

Along with that pulled pork sandwich recipe you need an easy side dish recipe! Now I don't usually like coleslaw but this coleslaw recipe is to die for! You can use an already bagged carrots/cabbage salad for convience and ease and then make a simple but delicious dressing to go over the top of it! Delish!

You can either serve this coleslaw is as a side dish or you can top it onto the Pulled pork Sandwiches. It balances out the tang!

For dessert, try taking these Queen Of Hearts Cheesecake Tartlets along. These can also be made ahead of time and they package and travel easy because of their size! They also easy to serve because they are in cupcake liners!

Make this Valentines Memorable and Special by going on a picnic with your loved ones and serving these yummy and easy recipes! Enjoy!

Pulled Pork Sandwiches

1 (2 pound) Pork Tenderloin
1 (12 ounce) can Rootbeer
1 (18 ounce) bottle of BBQ Sauce ( I recommend Baby Ray's)
8 Hamburger Buns

Step 1: Place tenderloin in slow cooker/crockpot and pour root beer over the top of pork. Cover and cook for 6-7 hours on low or until meat falls apart and shreds easily. Drain the juices and pull the pork apart with two forks until it is shredded. Stir in BBQ sauce until well combined and warm in crock pot until ready to serve.
Step 2: Place some of the pork on the bottom of a Hamburger bun, top with coleslaw or bun.

Cupid's Coleslaw
1 (16 ounce) bag of carrot and cabbage mix
2 T. diced onions
2/3 c. Miracle whip
3 T. vegetable oil
1/2 c. white sugar (or less)
1 T. White Vinegar
1/4 t. salt
1/2 t. Poppy seeds

Step 1: In a large bowl combine coleslaw mix and diced onion.
Step 2: In a medium bowl, combine miracle whip, vegetable oil, sugar, vinegar, salt and poppy seeds by whisking ingredients together with a wire whisk. Pour mixed salad dressing over coleslaw mix and toss to coat. Chill at least 2 hours before serving so flavors have time to mesh! Enjoy!
* Pulled pork and coleslaw recipes/pictures are courtesy of


Ashlee, The Culinary Queen


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