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Need app ideas for a poker party

We're hosting our first poker tournament at our new place on Saturday, and I seem to have left all of my culinary creativity in our old apartment. We're doing a cheese plate, and assorted chips, crackers, and pretzels, but I need an idea for either a dip or a bite-sized snack that won't be too greasy or sticky, or otherwise get all over the cards. I'll have about an hour to prep and cook. Please, no spinach or large chunks of onion. Thanks!

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  1. "Old Reliable": Bonnies Buffalo Chicken Dip...guys love it. If too messy, chicken and cheese quesadillas using already cooked chicken to cut down prep time.

    1. Fondue.. you can prep the items the night before (par boiled potatos, carrots, green beans, cook the steak) then the day of cut the bread, apples and make the cheese fondue.

      For dessert do Toblarone (sp?) bars and a little cream in a double boiler. Cut up pound cake, strawberries, marshmellows, cookies, other fruit.

      It is one of our poker game favorites.

        1. Sorry, I forgot to specify finger food. We play on a custom-made, casino-quality table, so anything potentially messy is out. I'm really just looking for snacks, not anything even close to a meal. Thanks for the suggestions so far...

          1. How about spiced nuts? Pinwheels maybe? Roasted chickpeas? Chex mix?

            1. - Sushi hand rolls or spring rolls (these can be made with non-traditional fillings)
              - Mini pita's pre-filled with various veggies or meats (or you would do a platter and have your guests build their own)
              - Flatbread rolled sandwiches (umm - roasted pepper, goat cheese, etc)
              - Small sandwiches

              A small PS - chips, nuts, and crackers tend to be a little greasy (I've held those cards!)

              1. Are you allowing food and drinks at the table, or are you setting up a buffet area separate so guests can go have a bite and a drink, wipe their hands, come back to play? If at the table, how do you handle that -- with place mats or small trays, coasters?

                One-bite grapes and strawberries on the cheese plate. Maybe stuffed grape leaves. I have a recipe for hot Reuben dip, and while it's fairly thick, it is a dip/spread and might not fit into your parameters. Mini quiches are pretty much a one-bite thing. Val's idea about the pinwheels is also doable -- especially with a toothpick through a one-bite slice. Tiny Caprese on a toothpick (pearl mozzarella/cherry tomato/baby basil leaf).

                1. Small sandwiches or panini. Poker involves holding cards, and your hands need to be clean and dry. I would do small rolls with roast beef, blue cheese, a ham/swiss tomato panini with honey mustard, and turkey/bacon/tomato panini if you have an unadventurous crowd. If they like other meats, cheeses and veggies, go for it because you can have fun doing much fancier sandwiches. You can put some really interesting things together with brie, grilled veggies, chicken, smoked salmon,cream cheese.

                  I know it sounds simple -- but the last time I put out a tray of sandwiches they disappeared. Funny how just making them small makes them special.

                  1. How about tiny tacos! They are quick, easy, not messy - and VERY delicious!


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                    1. re: Timeless Gourmet

                      cute as can be!!! what a great idea!