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leighleigh_bird Feb 23, 2010 06:31 AM

I need some kick-ass recipes for poker night. This is the first time we're having it at my place, and the last guy flew in pizza from Chicago. Please help!

  1. Phurstluv Feb 23, 2010 06:34 AM

    Where are you, geographically?

    How many are you serving? Finger food only? Any type of drink you're serving?

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    1. re: Phurstluv
      leighleigh_bird Feb 23, 2010 06:38 AM

      I'm serving seven or so, Beer, wine, whatever. The guys are a combo of foodies and meat-and-potatoes types. And finger food is best.

    2. funklight Feb 23, 2010 07:05 AM

      The sandwich, the legend goes, was invented as a way to eat dinner without having to put one's cards down. How about grilled pastrami sandwiches on rye with horseradish mustard, like a spicy reuben sans thousand island? Throw a slice of muenster on there too.

      1. Phurstluv Feb 23, 2010 07:12 AM

        Then I would go with mini pulled pork sliders. Can make the pork shoulder roast in the crock pot, or oven, low and slow, rubbed well with lots of kosher salt, cumin, smoked paprika, brown sugar, cumin, black pepper, garlic powder. If in the crock pot add about a 1/4 cup of cider vinegar. Shred meat, getting rid of fat & gristle, and add your fave bbq sauce to it. Serve with mini split biscuits or small hard rolls, cole slaw made w/ a lot of vinegar and pickles on the side.

        If you want to get fancy, you can make mini beef pot pies with pie dough in mini muffin tins. Easiest to do if you have some leftover braised beef and gravy. Pipe some mashed potatoes on top, and bake until heated through.

        You can make a big pot of chili, a couple of days ahead, using ground beef, or cooked chunks of brisket with lots of tomatoes and chiles. I like to make chili fries with leftover chili.

        You can also save 1/2 the pulled pork, don't dress it with bbq, but broil it till it gets crispy and more fat is rendered, sprinkle with fresh lime juice and serve as carnitas tacos, with taco fillings set up like a bar.

        Another big hit at my house is roast or grilled leg of lamb. Boneless cooks faster, but don't over cook it, leave it at M-R in the center and you can serve it at room temp, sliced really thin, with pita bread, hummus, roasted lemons and tomatoes, hunks of feta and brined olives, roasted potatoes or couscous.

        That should get you started. Let me know if you need any more recipes.

        1. fmcoxe6188 Feb 23, 2010 07:16 AM

          Though their "trendiness" may be a bit over done- a selection of different types of sliders might be an interesting idea. You can make a classic American cheeseburger type for those who may not be as adventurous, and then have fun with the others- lamb, turkey, bison, veggie etc. Paired with some good homemade french fries and you've got some excellent finger food.

          1. grampart Feb 23, 2010 07:17 AM

            This is a 50's type of dish, but they always go over BIG when served in our house.

            HANKIE PANKIES
            Printed from COOKS.COM


            □ 1 lb. ground beef
            □ 1 lb. sausage
            □ 1 lg. Velveeta cheese
            □ 1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
            □ 1 1/2 tsp. thyme
            □ 1 loaf little rye bread

            Brown ground beef and sausage together then drain grease off. Add thyme and garlic powder to meat. Next add Velveeta cheese (cut into small chunks). Cook this with the meat mixture until cheese is melted. After meat and cheese are cooked together, put on rye bread and bake for 10 minutes or until brown, at 350 degrees.

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              leighleigh_bird Feb 23, 2010 08:03 AM

              Thanks, guys! You've given me lots of great ideas.

              Forgot to say, I'm in DC.

              1. Uncle Bob Feb 23, 2010 08:06 AM

                Fly in Ribs from Rendezvous!!


                Have Fun!

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                1. re: Uncle Bob
                  leighleigh_bird Feb 23, 2010 08:20 AM

                  We're originally from Alabama. Maybe some Dreamland...

                  1. re: leighleigh_bird
                    Uncle Bob Feb 23, 2010 08:23 AM

                    Dreamland....Another winner!!!!


                2. ChristinaMason Feb 23, 2010 08:08 AM

                  I always recommend these honey-spicy Asian-inspired wings, which are even better if you let them sit a little in a crockpot. I guarantee you no leftovers, regardless of how you serve them.


                  Your cards might get a little sticky though. Provide wipes!

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                  1. re: ChristinaMason
                    bushwickgirl Feb 23, 2010 08:15 AM

                    Those must be some spicy wings!! Sounds delish and I bet after you have one you can't stop, but have plenty of beer available (and wipes.)
                    Bookmarked the recipe, thanks.

                    1. re: bushwickgirl
                      ChristinaMason Feb 23, 2010 09:12 AM

                      They are not too bad, the honey really tames the spiciness. I like my fire to accentuate flavors, not overwhelm them!

                      1. re: ChristinaMason
                        bushwickgirl Feb 23, 2010 09:55 AM

                        Yes, me too, balance is everything.

                  2. Cherylptw Feb 23, 2010 08:14 AM

                    One ex-poster used to have grilled cheese parties while playing cards, which I thought was unique..he'd have 6 or more different cheeses and breads...plus add on's like meats and condiments; along with some salads, it made for an interesting evening....

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