I have been playing Bunko for about 3 years now. The group has gone through quite a few changes with some people dropping out due to other commitments, and new ones joining us. We take turns hosting the group of 12 women throughout the year. I took January and after a bit of searching for a fun theme, came up with Mardi Gras since it began on January 6th. I went out and got some coordinating tableclothes for the card tables and the food table. I also found some cool Mardi Gras masks to set around with the beads that are just required.
Everyone contributed something to the feast - we always eat and drink prior to playing. It gives us a chance to catch up from the past month and enjoy ourselves a bit before "rolling the dice". One of our Bunko Babes (that's a name that we came up with back in the beginning and it just stuck), had a source for a King Cake! The whole menu was:
Spicy Crab Stuffed Mushrooms
Texas Crab Grass (me)
Spicy Shrimp Dip (me)
Ranch Dip w/veggies
Croissant Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce
Mini Bourban Pecan Pies
And quite an asortment of beers and wine
Everything was delicious and really completed the theme so well. I was thrilled at the response to the theme and how everyone managed to find something to make/bring that was really perfect. We had a blast (as always) and it was a great evening of fun and friends.
Texas Crab Grass
1/2 cup butter (I cut this to 1/4 cup and it worked just fine)
1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
1 package frozen chopped spinach, cooked and drained
7 ounces crab meat (can't find 7 oz cans anymore, used 6 oz and it worked perfectly)
3/4 cup parmesan cheese (used little less than 1/2 cup)
Slowly melt butter in a heavy saucepan. Add onion and saute until soft. Add spinach to onion mixture . Add crab meat and cheese. Transfer to a chafing dish and serve with crackers.
Spicy Shrimp Dip
1 (8 oz) 1/3 less fat cream cheese (if you don't care for cream cheese, you can add additional sour cream in it's place)
1 (4 oz) can baby shrimp
1 cup sour cream
2 1/2 teaspoons Emeril's Bayou Blast seasoning
1 bunch scallions chopped
Mix together all ingredients. Let chill for at least 1 hour (longer will allow the seasonings to really "sink in").