Some cold appetizers that are simple to make are Pretty Party Pinwheels, Oh-So-Easy Cheese Logs, and Creamy Crab and Red Pepper Spread. Each of these recipes calls for cream cheese.
Pretty Party Pinwheels is a simple cold appetizer recipe from the website RecipeLion.com. To make the filling for the tortilla pinwheels, process two quartered jalapeno chile peppers and four chopped green onions in a food processor for three to five seconds. Next, add two 8-ounce packages of softened cream cheese, 0.2 ounces of ranch dressing mix and 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper, and process again.
Ready 10 large flour tortillas, 5 cups of loosely packed spinach, and five to seven sliced and seeded Roma tomatoes. Take a tortilla and spread the cream cheese mixture along one side, topping with 1/2 cup of fresh spinach and some tomato slices. Roll tightly, and repeat with the other nine tortillas. Stack the rolls on a plate, cover with plastic wrap or foil, and refrigerate for one hour; then, slice each tortilla roll into 1/2 inch thick "pinwheels." This recipe yields about 70 servings.
Oh-So-Easy Cheese Log is another simple cold appetizer recipe, this one from KraftRecipes.com. To make this recipe, mix 8 ounces of softened cream cheese with 1 cup of a shredded Italian cheese blend, one 1-ounce package of French onion soup mix, and 2 tablespoons of sour cream. Shape this mixture into a log, cover it with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 2 hours. Next, unwrap the log, and roll it in 2/3 cup of chopped, toasted pecans, pressing firmly to ensure the nuts stay in place. Serve with crackers and grapes.