Okay I got a good one for you guys! My husband invited some friends over for a poker night tomorrow night- They are coming around 7:30-8 and I dont get home from work until 6:30. We are having a dinner party tonight so I wont be able to prep then either. My options are some really quick but great poker eats that i can whip up in about an hour or something i can prepare early that morning before work.
What do you guys think? Everyone loves coming to our house because they know they will get good food- I dont want to resort to ordering pizza!
are nachos too obvious? or 7-layer dip? guacamole
we made "buffalo style" chicken fingers in a recent chef class that were delicious (and very unhealthy, so perfect for poker) - basically they were fresh chicken breasts cut into strips and then breaded and deep fried and as soon as they came out of the fryer, we tossed them in white vinegar, hot sauce and butter.
Muffaletta sandwiches is another easy option - although it's better if it's weighed down in the fridge for several hours before served.
Those guys would LOVE Bonnie's Buffalo Chicken dip (I think)...personally, I would cook the chicken breasts in crock-pot on low overnight, (caveat--I have a 70's style crockpot that tends not to overcook foods) then assemble it in the morning and bake it...Just reheat it in the evening before they arrive. If you cook & shred the chicken ahead of time, then the rest is just assembling and baking the dip.
I make this a lot for friends' potlucks and these things get gobbled up. Something about meatballs - guys love them. This is a perfect crock pot dish - throw them in on high for about four hours and you're good to go.
Seven layer dip does well too.
Men love simple stuff, especially during football games and card tourneys. Don't sweat it with fancy stuff, it won't matter.
POKER = SANDWICHES!
No dip, no finger foods, not even any runny ingredients. Heckm, don't even use over sized rolls or hand cut bread.
Poker players need CLEAN hands to keep the cards from getting messy!
Splurge on the BEER or other libations, but stick to simple top notch cold cuts and sliced cheeses.
Yu might feel like a culinary cop-out, but you will be a hero to the card players!