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What are you serving election night?

I just looked through the "swing state" thread, but I don't think we want to be limited that way. Snacky foods, easy to eat, and of course All American. This party will be held in México for some expats who vote absentee. This is not the night for tacos! Ideas appreciated.

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    1. re: porker

      Oooh. You beat me to it!!

      But you're on shaky ground, porker!! :)

      1. re: porker

        devils on horseback - it's english... but I think it works for this..

        1. re: porker

          and don't forget the humble pie for dessert.

          1. re: sal_acid

            Second pork. What could possibly be more essential to politics.

            1. re: estone888

              Maybe donkey....elephant is hard to get, plus difficult to fit in trunk.

          2. Hot dogs and apple pie.

            1. Bologna. Okay, class it up and make pasta with Bolognese sauce. Choice of pasta shape includes RIG(ged)atoni, corkscrew, any hollow shape, orecchiete (ears), wheels (as in greasing the).

              1. Are the attendees liberal, conservative, or mixed?

                1. Humble Pie

                  If Romney wins - treacle (read Oliver Twist)
                  - 2nd course chicken (big bird, of course!)
                  If Lyndon LaRouche wins - hemlock
                  If Obama wins - fatback
                  If Mrs Obama wins - garden salad

                  If Harold Stassen wins - cotton candy

                  1. Red and blue Jello (shots?)
                    Senate Bean Soup

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                    1. re: monavano

                      +1 Winner winner chicken dinner!
                      I but make the shots strong... Did I mention I'm in that State that is apparently the only state that matters. Please god just let this end!

                      1. re: Crockett67

                        Same here...I don't know if I'm going to make it until Tuesday.

                    2. A political junkie friend of mine is coming over on election night, and she asked me this very question last evening. I said, "I don't know. I do know I'm getting smashed."

                      Accordingly, the only things I have on the menu at the moment consist of:
                      A few cases of beer:
                      Brew Free or Die IPA - by 21st Amendment Brewery. A very, very good beer.

                      Ale to the Chief - by Avery, one of my favorite craft breweries, and a very good beer, as well.

                      Yeungling Lager - America's oldest brewery. Plus, they have the badass eagle on the label.

                      A couple bottles of bourbon:
                      Red State Bourbon - a promotional offering from Heaven Hill. They also have a Blue State Bourbon. Surprisingly, the Red State and Blue State bourbons are not just differentiated by their bottles; the whiskeys are noticeably different, as well.

                      Eagle Rare - by Buffalo Trace. A very good bourbon for the price point. Plus, there's the eagle.

                      Woodford Reserve - the oldest of the Kentucky bourbons, and one of my favorites.

                      Right now, that's all I got. I was trying to think of quintessential American foods to go along with this sloshfest, but I'm not coming up with much. I'm hosting a fairly large party the prior Sunday, and I'll have to work election day, so I'm not sure how much prep I'll be willing and able to do on the food front.

                      Right now, these are my considerations: Buffalo Wings, Philly Cheesesteaks, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, and potato chips. All of this seems pretty low-brow, which I guess fits the general tenor of the campaigns, and is certainly appropriate for the level of drunkeness that will prevail, but I was trying to come up with something a little more refined. Still thinking on it...

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                      1. re: MonMauler

                        Screw my menu. I'm going to MonMauler's house.

                          1. re: linguafood

                            Good. Lingua, both you and tonifi are welcome to join. I have way too much booze for a party of 2. Bring your friends. I can always get other politically-appropriate alcohol if needed. Those were just my first choices. Still struggling on what to serve, though. If I do end up making it more of a party, though, my original thoughts of wings and chips will certainly be appropriate for a crowd.

                          2. re: tonifi

                            Ditto deux.
                            Does that mean I voted twice?

                            1. re: perk

                              Now this party is getting going. I'll try to find a bottle of Blue State Bourbon to complement my Red State Bourbon, and all of the attendees will be welcome to "vote" as often as they like. Vote early, vote often!

                          3. Alka-Seltzer, Pepto Bismol, and Pepcid. No matter who wins, we're going to need it.

                              1. The campaign of my candidate, on the phones til it's over!

                                1. Finish off with Just Desserts (I know it's really 'just deserts' but still....)

                                  1. Other than sympathy...politics in our home means ice cream sundae bar....forget the rest of the menu.

                                    1. I seriously think I might serve Suppli al Telefono to celebrate NO MORE ROBOCALLS!

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                                        1. re: monavano

                                          You must be in a swing state. In NY, we haven't had a single one, so suppli al telefono might not work here.

                                          1. re: roxlet

                                            You must have done something to give them hope. I vote in every election, for the same party, every time, and I never ever calls.

                                            1. re: roxlet

                                              Yes, I am ;-(
                                              We're getting about a half dozen a day.

                                              1. re: monavano

                                                If you don't want calls, re-register and don't include your phone number. It's not mandatory but most people fill it in anyway. Suckaaaaahs.

                                                To put some food in here, I say comfort food is in order... Well I always say that, lol. But now that I think about it, the Yankee Doodle song has him sticking a feather in his hat and calling it macaroni (which of course I do not understand)... But it does seem like at least a tenuous connection to mac and cheese for dinner on election night...

                                                1. re: miss louella

                                                  "macaroni" was a phrase from the Revolutionary period that basically meant "dressed to the nines" or "lookin' sharp"

                                                  1. re: sunshine842

                                                    Very interesting! Being me, I'd still use it as an excuse for mac&cheese. ;-)

                                                  2. re: miss louella

                                                    like "bee-bop a-loo-bop" makes anymore sense...
                                                    we always sang "stuck a feather in his ass and called it magarooni" - not much sense either, but it made us giggle.

                                            2. Primarily tequila. No matter what, very little overall good can come of the night and at least that way I can have a chance go to sleep happy.

                                              1. Chicken and Waffles.....

                                                1. Arroz con pollo and tears, for my working man's friend Obrador losing to Nieto.

                                                  Or do you mean the pequeno election coming up on this side of the river?

                                                  1. This past summer I learned to make homemade pasta, hence homemade ravioli. With wonderful tomato basil garlic sauce (flash fresh frozen from summer) it can be both comforting *or* celebratory, depending...

                                                    After 9 or 10 p.m. food will probably give way to drink (also comforting/celebratory.)

                                                    Haha in other words, whatever gets you through the night.

                                                      1. Chili
                                                        Meat loaf
                                                        Mashed potatoes and gravy (or mashed potatoes and chili) [diner's choice]
                                                        Pumpkin pie
                                                        Naan with peanut butter and honey
                                                        Naan with Nutella

                                                        1. Depends on who wins. Possibly quite a lot of strong drink.

                                                          1. We're having:
                                                            Blue Hawaiians
                                                            chicken with barak-berry glaze
                                                            democratatouille
                                                            sesame (street)noodles
                                                            barack-olli salad
                                                            corn (four more ears)
                                                            Obama Care-ot Cake and a cup of Joe

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                                                            1. Jack Daniels with Thorazine.
                                                              "I'm tired of Bronco Bama and Mitt Romney."

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                                                              1. re: melvin

                                                                complete with tears and little hiccups. (bless her little white socks)

                                                              2. HAPPINESS AND SUNSHINE is what we are serving.