Casinos are known for their incredible glamour and high-end approach to everything, from the dress code to the food, but more and more people are looking to reproduce this in their own homes, so they can kick off an incredible gaming night with friends – and with comfy couches and their own toilets nearby (come on, who likes public restrooms?). You’ve probably already got tons of ideas for games, but what about the eats? They’re almost as important – and you don’t want your guests to be disappointed by a few dried-up sandwiches and a bowl full of crisps. We know you can do better!
We’ve already covered a list of our favorite nibbles and appetizers for casino night, but what about those days when you want something a bit heartier, so your guests are satisfied and full? We’ve got some true dishes to impress – be prepared for your mouth to water and your taste buds to tingle!
This is certainly one of the more expensive options, but if you want elegance, seafood will do the trick like nothing else – melt-in-your-mouth mackerel, crunchy cod, sweet smoked salmon, crumbly crab cakes, luscious lobster, and more: there’s so much to create, and your guests will be wowed by all you can offer.
One of the wonderful things about fish is that it’s easy to prepare in advance: you can make up smoked salmon rolls with cream cheese, fry some cod with garlic, or rub sweet chili into your mackerel and serve it with red onion – and every succulent crumb will vanish into your guests’ bellies.
Alternatively, consider things such as a four-layer caviar dip, some prawn cocktails, or even lobster thermidor! Of course, you want foods that are practical in terms of your guests being able to eat, but if you’re enjoying your casino online, there’s a lot of scope to hand out plates, knives, forks, and even spoons if you’re going down a route such as clam chowder! You can even gather around the table if that’s easier, and gamble on your phones.
Prime Rib Pride
Sometimes, seafood doesn’t make the cut – but prime rib always will. Succulent and sweet, prime rib is a delightful option to serve up, especially if you want to make a splash. It’s easy to make prime rib into a buffet-suitable dish simply by cutting it into small chunks, meaning that your guests can keep playing while they eat – and boy, they’ll love that.
It’s also easy to come up with a whole menu of sides to accompany it, because prime rib goes so well with so many incredible things – whether you go for horseradish sauce, creamed spinach, mashed potatoes, green beans, Caesar salad, buttermilk biscuits, roasted squash, or something else! If you’re feeling really passionate about turning your guests’ heads with your kitchen mastery, go for a whole range of sides, add in some dips, and choose the best cut you can get.
Mini Pizza Party
Pizza isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you’re checking out the fancy buffets, but we think that’s a bit of a crime, because pizzas have got so much to offer – and everybody loves it! The only drawback here is that it can be a bit of a messy meal, so if you want your gamers to play uninterrupted, you’re going to have to think about the logistics – and that’s where the “mini” part comes in.
Mini pizzas are a fabulous, versatile food, and can be adapted to a whole range of dietary needs too: vegetarian and even vegan pizzas are options you can make or buy! Alternatively, go the whole hog with pepperoni, prawns, olives, gorgonzola, anchovies – or even an incredible Florentine pizza with eggs, Parmesan, and roasted garlic. Honestly, our mouths are watering already!
If you’d rather not go to the effort of mini pizzas, you can of course stay traditional, and just let your guests help themselves to slices of full-size pies, but personally, we lean mini all the way for convenience and the cool factor.
Don’t forget the dessert board – because tons of your guests are going to be looking out for it and oh, we’re ready to plunge into the decadence of sugar after a few wins on the roulette tables or with the poker dealer. So, what luxury sweet treats are you putting out to impress your guests?
Brownies are necessary in our book: drizzled with chocolate or caramel sauce, dished up with a globe of rich ice cream – not much beats that! Alternatively, go for some fancy individual cheesecakes, swirled with ruby-red raspberry sauce and garnished with sweet berries, or a cocoa-dusted tiramisu, cut up into individual portions to tantalize the taste buds and delight the tongue.
If you’d rather have finger food, macarons are an exceptionally pretty and enormously elegant dessert option that your guests can snack on while they enjoy their games.