Gourmet Game Night: Bite-Sized, Mess-Free Eating for Board-Game Parties, Bridge Clubs, Poker Nights, Book Groups, and More by Cynthia Nims

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  • Aged cheddar with dried cherry-almond chutney

    • lhudson on September 24, 2015

      Really liked the chutney. I did toast the bread and warm up the cheese. Also, would go with less then more of the red onion.

  • Banana bread with hazelnut-cream cheese filling

    • lhudson on October 05, 2015

      The family really enjoyed this recipe, even the 2 year old grandson. I used finely chopped hazelnuts for both the batter and filling for a smoother texture in the bread.

  • Empanadas with chicken and walnut

    • mjes on September 26, 2021

      The chicken filling with its chopped vegetables, chicken breast, walnuts, and a healthy dose of paprika is an inspired filling. It is flavorful without using ingredients that many eaters avoid. Yes, there is the nut allergy consideration but that is easy to identify. These were the most popular item on the board.

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  • ISBN 10 158008088X
  • ISBN 13 9781580080880
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  • Published Mar 01 2010
  • Format Paperback
  • Page Count 160
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Ten Speed Press

Publishers Text

Have you ever accompanied an evening of game-playing with a bowl of salty chips or slabs of pizza? If so, you know that greasy fingers can be a distraction, with players interrupting the game to grab napkins or even lick their fingers—immediately before grabbing the communal spinner. Gourmet Game Night has the solution: instead of relying on conventional convenience snacks and standbys, you’ve got imaginative, homemade options; instead of greasy hands and game pieces, you’ve got mess-free, bite-sized snacks.

Cookbook writer, magazine contributor, and culinary blogger Cynthia Nims offers inventive alternatives that make hands-clean dining easy, including:

  • Edible wrappers around savory centers (Shrimp Cakes in Shiso Leaves)
  • Bite-sized versions of unwieldy classics for easy grabbing between moves (Caesar Dip with Big Croutons and Romaine)
  • Edible bases to support tender ingredients (Tuna Tartare on Daikon Slices)
  • Innovative mini containers such as shot glasses for liquid fare (Chilled Avocado Soup with Roasted Poblano Cream)
  • Neat sweet treats paired with gooey dippers (Brown Butter Pound Cake with Caramel Dip)
  • And of course, party-friendly drinks poured by the pitcherful (Pomegranate-Mint Fizz)

Cynthia Nims’s creative and contemporary recipes will liven up any event where free hands are of the essence, whether you’re gathering friends for a poker night, rolling those dice for a board-game party, spicing up your bridge club, planning a family Scrabble tournament, or impressing your book club or knitting group! Indeed, Gourmet Game Night proves that you don’t need a fancy night on the town to have fun; instead, gather your friends for satisfying small bites—and hopefully a winning streak—at home.



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