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Grandfather's poker night

shelleymonster Sep 9, 2007 07:30 PM

My grandfather has had a monthly poker night for the last 4 or 5 decades. This is his month to host, and I've volunteered to help with the food. I think they mostly do simple stuff - nuts, cheese crackers, etc - but I wanted to do something a little more special. My grandfather is 90, and the other gentlemen are around the same age, and they'll have cards. I was thinking about maybe some small sandwiches - chicken salad, smoked salmon, maybe some sort of mini cheeseburgers. So, any other ideas?

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    Louise RE: shelleymonster Sep 9, 2007 07:58 PM

    Something that won't drip or smear a lot. They'll be handling their cards and their chips, and if they then have to pick up some gooey snack with their fingers, well, you probably get the picture.

    1. vvvindaloo RE: shelleymonster Sep 9, 2007 08:24 PM

      keeping louise's sensible "clean hands" suggestion in mind, i would recommend anything that can be eaten off the end of a toothpick. sweet and sour mini meatballs? cocktail franks in a blanket? bbq shrimp? olives stuffed with cheese? spinach quiche squares? brownie bites? grilled fruit cubes? hey, i'm having way too much fun with this, and getting hungry!

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        Gail RE: shelleymonster Sep 10, 2007 08:46 AM

        I like the meatball idea, but I'd do them in a marinara with toothpicks. Mini meatloaf sandwiches done with cocktail size rye bread. I make a dip that is always gobbled up and is so easy. Heat on low, one can of chili without beans and 1/2 of a block of Velvetta cheese (yes, gasp, Velvetta). Serve with large size corn chips.

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          jeanmarieok RE: shelleymonster Sep 10, 2007 08:56 AM

          meatballs or cocktail weinies in the old grape jelly/chili sauce combo is popular at DH's poker games. mini burgers/sliders are good, too, and for a treat DH sometimes does bratwurst slices/beer/sauerkraut in a crockpot with cocktail rye bread. Just give them lots of toothpicks.

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