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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!

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  1. Are you asking for recipes, or just menu suggestions?

    1. 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.

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      1. re: pescatarian

        Im looking for both- Menu suggestions and of course recipes are always welcome! :) I love the sound of the chicken fingers.... We are suppose to be watching our weight but it is poker after all... :)

        1. re: gastronomy

          They were really delicious and super simple. About 2:1, Frank's hot sauce to white vinegar, with a dollop of butter on the hot chicken fingers.

      2. 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.

        1. Sometimes I find frozen fully cooked meatballs in my local supermarket (2 pound packages), I would get some of those, throw them in a pot with some red sauce, and serve with mini-sub rolls, or sliced sub rolls, with some sliced provolone, for mini-meat ball sandwiches.

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          1. re: ChinoWayne

            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.

          2. 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!

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            1. re: renov8r

              LOL I hear ya but we are poker player that like to eat! We will take a break for food so no mess on the cards- I usually make the buffalo chicken dip for football sundays so i know how good it is! :)