Appetizers for a Picnic... Really Easy... No cooking here!

Appetizers for a picnic are great to set the ball rolling for a fun picnic.

They go so well with libations from the wine basket while you set up the lunch.

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Appetizers can still be really tasty, even if you find you are pushed for time.

Just head for the pantry and fridge… or the supermarket and gourmet deli.

Picnics are pretty casual meals... start with an easy nibble!

If you would rather make your own delicious and tasty appetizers

please look at these suggestions for easy appetizer recipes.

Just look at these...

Really simple appetizers with minimal preparation and no cooking.

They look and taste great... and all you have to do is pop them on the platter.

A full basket of appetizers

Why not make appetizers the whole picnic...
Add a few slices of ham and a block of cheese, make them the meal.
You could even add a French stick.
Easy and really yum!

Open and Fill the Bowls for no stress easy appetizers...

Appetizer of nuts and olives for a picnic
  • Chips or pretzels and crackers… take your favorite flavors.
  • Cheese straws. 
  • 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, almonds can be roasted, or tossed in a frying pan, for a minute or two... with garlic... or chilies... or 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, or a tasty matured cheese.

From the gourmet deli… easy appetizers for a picnic, so easy!

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

But if you do fancy a bit of cooking...
Then add these to your appetizers for a picnic...
wonderful bowls of avocado dip and hummus...
make your own!

Wonderful bowls of avocado dip and hummus

For something special...
Click here to find  easy appetizer recipes.
With a little more effort, but still easy to make... you will find recipes for these bowls and many more.
Really easy appetizers for a picnic, to pop on your platter.

Let's Put Together a Few Impressive Tasty Platters…

Wonderful platter of soft cheese, metwurst, pate and glass of red wine

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

 Try one of these different platters of easy appetizers for a picnic... without cooking!
Gather a selection of appetizers...

A Barossa Valley platter
... from our favorite wine region in South Australia   

  • Dill cucumbers... cornichons
  • pickled onions
  • artisan olives
  • pate
  • metwurst
  • salami
  • tasty cheeses
  • dried biscuits 
  • interesting small breads

A lightweight platter makes it easy to carry to the picnic.

Fill a bowl with dried biscuits... or slices of a French stick... or pumpernickel bread slices. Place this in the middle, or off to one side of the platter. Even all of these together make a special platter!

Arrange all the other appetizers around this.

A sharp knife is handy to cut salami, and cheese... and a small serving knife is used for pate serving. You can use a little fork for Dill cucumbers and pickled onions, but often at a picnic people use their fingers to dive in!

A pile of napkins to wipe those fingers is a help too.

Crunchy vegetables with pesto... 

  • sun dried, semi dried tomatoes
  • capsicum
  • little/baby carrots
  • cucumber
  • radishes
  • young fresh asparagus 

Cut vegetables into long "fingers" and accompany with a bowl of basil pesto, or hummus, for dipping. Vegetables look great standing up in a glass, or jar, where they can be picked up in fingers to dip.

How about a seafood platter with pickled…

  • mussels
  • oysters
  • prawns
  • calamari
  • scallops
  • and your local seafood delicacy too.

Arrange little bowls for seafood, or just arrange on the platter with little forks to serve.

Simply as they are, they are very delicious, but a bowl of seafood sauce is also nice with these choices.

You will need small biscuits to go with them... or croutons... or French sticks cut into rounds.

Slithers of fresh lemon, or a lemon to squeeze, adds a tang too.

Just add the lemon on the the platter with the seafood.

Try pancetta, or thin slices of ham, a dob of cream cheese,
then add one of these...

  • figs
  • dates 
  • dried or fresh apricots
  • slices of fresh fruit
  • dill cucumbers

Make your own combinations on thin rounds of a French stick, or dried biscuits.

Pancetta, or ham, to wrap around the fruit just on it's own is fresh and tasty too.

Wrap pancetta, or thinly sliced ham, around any of these fruits...

      Hold together with little wooden toothpick.

  • figs
  • dates
  • prunes
  • dried apricots
  • dried apple
  • dried peaches
  • fresh rock melon... green, or orange melon 
  • a big grape or two

Prepare this before and stick a toothpick through to hold them together.

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Now you have a selection to choose from.
They are really simple, but yummy, easy appetizers for a picnic... They look good too!

A lovely red pear ready to go with cheese

Fresh pear... great with cheese

We have touched on the really, really simple ideas...

So just try easy appetizers recipes which, need just a little effort.

They will set off the picnic food and mix well in the platters from this page.

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