Let's Start with These Easy appetizers...

Simple appetizers are a great way to set the ball rolling for a fun picnic.

These easy appetizers go so well with libations from the wine picnic basket before bringing out the lunch.

Really simple appetizers with minimal preparation and no cooking...


If you find you are pushed for time, head for the pantry and fridge… or the supermarket and gourmet deli.

The easy appetizers can still look and taste great and all you have to do is pop them on the platter.


Open and Fill the Bowls...

  • Chips or pretzels and crackers… your favorite flavors. 
  • Nuts… peanuts, cashews, mixed nuts, almonds, walnuts, pecans... be mindful of people with allergies and small children choking on nuts.
  • Mix the nuts with sultanas and dried blueberries, cranberries and apricots.
  • Sunflower seeds, pine nuts... can be roasted for a minute or two with garlic or chilies and spices, for added flavor (well, just a little cooking!)
  • Artisan olives… so many different flavors now... great easy appetizers.
  • Matured or soft centered cheese to go with all the above.
  • Fresh pear and cheese.... simple and really delightful with a libation. Try goats cheese, or blue vein.

From the gourmet deli… easy appetizers, so easy.

  • Pots of pate.
  • Rocket, spinach or basil pesto.
  • Hummus.
  • Really tasty cheeses.
  • Prepared dips.
  • And don’t forget the dried biscuits, pita bread or similar, to go with these easy appetizers.

Check the easy appetizer recipes, with a little more effort than these really easy appetizers... 

they go so well mixed together.



Let's Put Together a Few Impressive Tasty Platters…

This Platter... with lots of Barossa touches... and a glass of red... Oh so good!

Try these Platters of easy appetizers...

A Barossa Valley platter full of easy appetizers (our favorite wine region in South Australia) A selection of appetizers with Dill cucumbers, pickled onions, Artisan olives, pate, metwurst, or salami, tasty cheeses, dried biscuits and interesting small breads.

Vegetables with pesto... with sun dried and semi dried tomatoes, capsicum, little carrots, cucumber, radishes, young fresh asparagus...  cut into long "fingers" and accompanied with a bowl of basil pesto for dipping.

How about a seafood platter with pickled… mussels, oysters, prawns, calamari, scallops… and your local seafood delicacy too. You will need small biscuits to go with these... or croutons.

Pancetta or small slices of ham with figs, dates and cheese and slices of fresh fruit. Make your own combinations on thin rounds of a French stick or dried biscuits.

Wrap pancetta, or thinly sliced ham around fruit... figs, dates, prunes... hold with a toothpick…simple but yummy easy appetizers. They look good too!

Fresh pear... great with cheese


Now we have touched on the really, really simple ideas let’s get into easy appetizers recipes
which, with just a little effort, will set off the picnic food and mix well in the platters from this page.



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