I think one of the easiest Appetizer's or Hourdouve' for a get together or party is the old stand by..... The Cheese Board!
You can do this 1/2 hour before your guests arrive and it really only takes five minutes to do.
You will need three types of cheese to put together your cheese board. You will need a soft cheese, a mild cheese and a sharp cheese.
Here we have taken some green Kayle and arranged around the board (I used my granite here) Then add tons and tons of grapes, red and green or just one color.
If you have large wedges of cheese cut them in 1/2 like I have here. I purchased my wedges from Costco they have larger wedges for larger parties and offer a better price than your local gourmet shops.
For my cheese board today I choose a Cheddar, Manchego and Goat Cheese. The Manchego is one of my favorites.
I put the Goat Cheese log into the freezer to firm up a few minutes and then cut the log into about two inch pieces. Then I rolled them into chopped chives and a couple in dried Italian herbs. You can also use chopped nuts, dried fruit anything be creative ;)
You might also want to add some sliced apples, pears and strawberries. Be sure to soak the slices in some lemon water to prevent the apples from turning brown.
Your cheese should sit out about 1/2 hour to reach room temp for the best flavor.
To get your board going because it looks so great, take your cheese knifes and start a couple of the wedges by slicing off a couple chunks and leave where they fall. This helps your guests get over the fear of making that first slice.
As you can see it will not take long for them to dig in! Cheese is always a big hit so skip the little one inch squares with tooth picks and create your own master piece. It will be beautiful and is a ton easier to do. You will definitely impress ;)