Why not allow your guest to enjoy some truly traditional American fare at your next casino-themed party? There’s a long list of different types of snacks to choose from, and you will easily be able to find items that fit both your budget and time constraints.
Caramelised Onion Dip
An American staple, homemade caramelised onion dip is, like most things, far, far better than store-bought. It’s also one of the easiest foods to serve since it goes with almost anything! You can serve it with a selection of different potato chips, pita breads, bagels, and bagel crisps, or have it as an optional ingredient on mini-sandwiches and sliders.
Cooking onions this way is incredibly easy, as long as you keep the caramelisation process as your main aim, and, as is usually the case, a little wine will help things along! Water can be substituted for wine if you prefer, however. The most important ingredient is time, and lots of it. Use a good nonstick frying pan, a generous knob of butter, gentle heat, and lots of patience. Incorporate how long they’ll take to be ready into the rest of your planning, or play pokies on your phone while you wait for them to get ready. A good rule of thumb is that once they start looking pretty good give them another 10 minutes or so. You’ll be glad you did.
Deviled Eggs and Country Ham
Combine two classics from the Southern states by adding country ham, similar to prosciutto, as a terrific topper for delicious deviled eggs. The secrets to making this dish stand out are a good goat’s cheese, Dijon mustard, and cornichons, tiny, tart, crunchy pickles. And don’t be stingy with your country ham.
Fried Pickles with Spicy Mayonnaise
Fried pickles are a favourite with New Yorkers, and a suitable tangy dip to eat them with will keep your guests’ appetites at bay. Try coating them in panko, a type of breadcrumb, and then frying them in schmaltz, rendered or clarified chicken or goose fat. You can use a vegetable oil too if you’re catering for non-meat eaters.
Make your mayonnaise by mixing a little store-bought condiment with Sriracha, a type of hot sauce, and lime juice. You can add more or less Sriracha until you’re happy with the bite, and serve as soon as it’s ready. It will also keep in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to a month.
Sticky Baked Chicken Wings
Bake your chicken wings in the oven instead of deep-frying them, and then coat them in a spicy glaze created with gochujang, the red pepper paste from Korea.
The sauce takes just a few minutes to make and will coat your chicken wings with a layer of deliciousness that’s very similar to BBQ relish. Put butter, garlic, ginger, gochujang, honey, rice wine, rice vinegar, and soy sauce into a small saucepan and bring the mix to the boil. Let it simmer and thicken for 5 minutes or so, toss your baked wings in it, serve, and enjoy.