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Old 05-11-2011, 11:19 AM   #1
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Poker Party Nibblies

OK people, help me out here. I'm doing nibblies for a poker party on Saturday. I need ideas on what is easy and tasty to eat while playing cards. I wanted to do wings, but that would be hugely messy. So...help please? I think dippy type stuff might work. So far I've got:

Layered dip - (someone else is bringing this)
Tortilla pinwheels - (I haven't decided on all my fillings yet, suggestions?)
Veggie tray - (got some healthy folks in the crowd)
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Lots of pina coladas, and strawberry daquiris, and caipirinhas going on too. If they want some other drink they can bring their own.

TIA for the help all!


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Old 05-11-2011, 11:22 AM   #2
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Wrap little smokies in 1/2 slice bacon, pierce with a toothpick, sprinkle brown sugar and bake until the bacon is done. Yum.
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Old 05-11-2011, 11:24 AM   #3
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Ooooo...that sounds yum. I have to see if I can find the little smokies. They can be tough to find from time to time. (My girls used to call them teeny weenies)

I found Buckytom's Buffalo chicken dip...think that would work? or is it too much "dip".

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BUFFALO CHICKEN DIP

4 skinless boneless chicken breast halves, about 2 pounds, boiled, drained & shredded with 2 forks (crockpot is a great way to cook the chicken) Don't cut chicken into chunks..it needs to be shredded

1 - 12 ounce bottle Frank's Louisiana Hot Sauce (try not to substitute here, Frank's really is the best. Crystal would be okay but do NOT use Tabasco)

2 - 8 ounce packages cream cheese

1 - 16 ounce bottle Ranch dressing

1/2 cup chopped celery

8 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese or Monterey Jack

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a 13x9x2 inch baking pan, combine shredded cooked chicken meat with entire bottle of Frank's sauce, spreading to form an even layer.

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine cream cheese and entire bottle of Ranch dressing, stirring til hot & smooth. Pour this evenly over chicken mixture.

Sprinkle with celery. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes; then sprinkle with cheese and bake for another 15-20 minutes or til bubbly. Serve with celery sticks for dippers and/or any sturdy dipping chip like Tostito Golds.
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Old 05-11-2011, 11:35 AM   #4
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Poker players need to be able to nibble with one hand while holding cards in the other. That means nothing messy!

Canapes are easily made and easy to eat:

* Mayonnaise and Brunschwieger on Mini-Ritz or Wheat Thin crackers
* Cream cheese-based fruit spread and real fruit chunks on crackers
* Sliced ham or turkey on toast points
* Deli-sliced Roast beef on garlic bruschetta halves.
* Cream cheese and sliced ham roll slices (using flour tortillas)
* Cheese nibs on toothpicks (using out of the ordinary cheeses - Havarti, Gouda, muenster, etc.)
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Old 05-11-2011, 11:36 AM   #5
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Alix, I would think the buffalo chicken dip might get cold sitting out while playing cards. If you have a hard time finding the little smokies you can sub regular smoked sausage and just cut it into medallions and wrap them. Not as cute as the little smokies but same taste. Are you going to be having the food at the card table for snacking during play or have a table set off to the side for breaks in the game or both? I can see having some substantial food like sandwiches or meatballs or the hot dips for the breaks and things like flavored popcorn, cookies, crackers and cheese for at the table during play.
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Old 05-11-2011, 11:45 AM   #6
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Selkie, we're going to have the chips and popcorn stuff on the table while we play and have a table off to the side for those who drop out and those who aren't playing. Someone will be available to reheat anything or to fix up whatever needs doing during the games. (I suck at poker, I'm not patient enough)

The medallions is a great thought. I know I can get smoked sausage if I can't find the teeny weenies.

Selkie, I like the toast point idea and the cheese chunks with toothpicks. What's Brunschwieger?

You guys are awesome, please keep the ideas coming!
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Sorry, it's spelled: Braunschweiger

It's liverwurst, found in the cooler case near the bologna. Oscar Meyer is one brand. You can also ask for it in the deli. It's cooked liver processed into a thick spread (roll) that can be sliced. It tastes MUCH better than I can describe it. Think poor man's foie gras.

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Try googling TAPAS. Lots of different recipes for Spanish style finger foods. Remember, if it's messy, but bite sized, you can always stick a toothpick in it.
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Old 05-11-2011, 12:28 PM   #9
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I would also avoid dips (messy)... but how about:

Spanakopita triangles (individually wrapped). They sell these frozen, but they are pretty easy to make and you can assemble waay ahead.

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Thai rice paper wraps/ sauce - you can stuff with a variety of things, cheap, do ahead, etc.

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Delicious things on toast points. caviar, deviled ham, cream cheese mixed with smoked salmon, etc.

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Old 05-11-2011, 01:03 PM   #10
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Janet, salad rolls are an inspired idea! I have some rice paper and shrimp already. I confess that spanakopita is not a favorite of mine. (Selfish so and so aren't I?) I have made phyllo triangles filled with a zippy cheese mixture, but thats much more work than I want to do at the moment. I find phyllo very picky work and I am working every evening til the party with little time to prep. I might go look at some premade ones though.

Selkie, liverwurst, got it! My Mom loves that stuff. I'll give that a go, and just will name it something different so no one gives me The Face.

Sir Loin, thanks for the tip, I'm an expert Googler but prefer to ask for help from the folks here who are all experts and family. Did you have a particular favorite form of tapas you would like to share? I'm open to all ideas.
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