We have been playing poker with two other couples for many years.
We play every other month and rotate houses. It is a friendly group ( we don't play for money), and it is all about the food and socializing. The cards are just an excuse to get together.
We serve appetizers and snack food before and during the game- dessert when we finish playing .
When the guests arrive, the first thing they do is head directly for the refreshment table. It is kind of like a tradition, and it is actually funny. We stand around, eat, have a glass of wine, and chat for about 45- minutes to an hour before we start to play cards. ( of course everyone has just had dinner before they came).
As I said, its all about the food .
Each host/hostess tries to use his/ her imagination to think of some intriguing appetisers or snacks.
I made it easy for myself- I purchased basic foods and simply assembled!
Fresh Figs and Feta
I also had two little dishes on the side. One was filled with pitted Calamata olives ( traditionally Mediterranean) and in the other little dish I had a sweet and sour cranberry apple chutney
The olives, the figs, and the cranberry chutney each provided an interesting taste with the goat cheese. I also used some fresh strawberries for garnish.Not shown: gluten free crackers.
I also had a platter of cilantro and jalapeno humus , roasted eggplant garlic dip, sweet peppers and flax seed chips ( Trader Joe's)
I try to keep the appetizers low in carbs so I choose peppers, humus, and eggplant dip. Everything on this plate is from Trader Joes'. ( love that place!!) They have a wide selection of gluten free or gluten friendly foods. These adorable peppers are sweet, not hot! And I do mean sweet. We used them as dippers for the spicy eggplant garlic dip and the cilantro humus dip. Did you notice how I put the humus in a bell pepper? I just cut off the top, cleaned out the seeds, and filled it with cilantro humus... yum and pretty. The chips are flax seeds and soy and according to my guests , " you just can't eat one. "
There were six of us and by the end of the evening, EVERY morsel on those plates were gone! Gone...!
For dessert, I made a traditional Northern Italian dessert ( Panna Cotta) that I topped with fresh strawberries soaked in Amaretto liquor. I am not going to show you the dessert because the Pann Cotta is going to be one of my next blog posts with step by step pictures.
Some additional desserts:
sugar free, gluten free, egg free, and milk free - moist and tender oatmeal raisin cookies
coconut flour , gluten free- banana muffins or banana loaf
Gluten Free Pumpkin choc chips torte
My favorite; 3 minute cake in a mug- gluten free of course and easy
A quick gluten free, egg free, milk free, nut free cake made in a mug AND it is GOOD!
(If you are not gluten free, you can make it with regular flour and still enjoy)
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