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Image: Picnic treats for Easter

Forget cocktail sausages and sweaty sandwiches – perk up your Easter picnic basket with these recipe ideas. Make them ahead, get out the Tupperware, and pack a brolly just in case.


1. Scotch eggs

If you think making your own Scotch eggs sounds like too much of a faff, these will change your mind. They’re easy to cook, and healthier than the ready-made variety, as they’re baked, not fried.


2. Ham and spring onion stratas

A cross between a savoury muffin and a quiche, these strata buns are irresistible. Cheese, onion and ham is a winning flavour combo, but you could leave out the ham for a meat-free snack.


3. Red pepper houmous

Red pepper houmous is a low-fat dip best served with carrot or cucumber batons, tomatoes and toasted pitta strips. Or just eat it with a spoon. 


4. Scotch egg pie

This is Scotch eggs for the pros: flaky shortcrust pastry, with a traditional Cumberland pork and parsley sausage filling, and a hard-boiled egg in every slice. Genius.


5. Cheese straws

These crunchy, cheesy twists will disappear in seconds. So make double.  


6. Caramelised garlic quiche

It's not a picnic unless there's homemade quiche. Especially when it's a caramelised garlic quiche.


7. Cornish pasties

Homemade Cornish pasties with a rich pastry wrapped around traditional swede, steak and potato filling.


8. Pork and apple sausage rolls

Pork and apple make the perfect sausage roll combo. You’ll be more popular than the Easter Bunny when you produce these gorgeous melt-in-the-mouth savoury treats.


9. Hot cross buns

Instead of the usual butter, try this Easter classic topped with honey, marmalade or even chocolate spread for an extra sweet treat.


10. Red and green picnic wraps

No cooking required for these clever sandwich alternatives. The red wraps have a spicy chicken and mayo filling, and the green ones are packed with a creamy chicken, avocado and gherkin combo.


11. Italian pressed sandwich

This is an ingenious cross between a sandwich, a pizza and a pie. It’s a whole round loaf with the middle scooped out and replaced with classic Italian ingredients, including sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke and mozzarella. Get the kids involved with making it, and enjoy the delicious results.