Winning Recipes for Your Oscar Party

The menu for this year’s Governors Ball, the official Oscars after party, according to chef Wolfgang Puck, is “inspired by the eclectic cuisine of Los Angeles” and reflects “the diverse nature of the films nominated this year.”  The fare features some of Puck’s old favorites, such as the black truffle chicken pot pie, baked macaroni and cheese and smoked salmon served on an Oscar statuette-shaped cracker.  Added to these substantial offerings are new items like Moroccan spiced Waguy short rib, vegan carrot-juice infused pasta and taro root tacos with shrimp, mango, avocado and chipotle aioli.  There will also be a raw bar serving up poke, sushi and shellfish.  Gold-dusted truffle popcorn and homemade pretzels top the munchies list, and salads with ingredients like baby beet and goat cheese are sure to please.  Finishing it all off are fabulous desserts like lava cakes, gelato, red velvet waffles and Oreo cookie s’mores domes.

As sumptuous as all this sounds, you don’t have to be Wolfgang Puck to serve up an appetizing award winning celebration feast with ingredients like smoked salmon, truffle oil, pretzels and chocolate.  Read on for food suggestions for your Oscar night bash.


The Previews

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We start with the most obvious movie inspired snack, popcorn.  For theater-style buttered popcorn, just follow this recipe using clarified butter, or consider Pepped Up Popcorn in sweet and spicy, rocky road and cheesy varieties.  Harkening back to Cracker Jack days in movie theatres, you can make your own Caramel Corn with this easy recipe using honey, molasses, unsalted butter and vanilla.

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Special variations on old favorites will make it seem like you spent hours preparing for the big night, even if you didn’t.  Easy to make Almost-Famous Soft Pretzels with a sauce of Dijon mustard and light brown sugar are sure to win you some smiles.  No matter who wins on screen, these Wonton Envelopes will deliver a winning taste at your party.  For movie taste inspired from across the world, Bollywood Fries are simple to make with a bag of prepared frozen sweet potato fries tossed with a mixture of olive oil, curry and cumin. For a nachos twist, try Nominee Nachos with chopped mushrooms, minced shallots and a drizzle of truffle oil.  Spaghetti-and-Meatball Skewers take these main plate ingredients to a perfect snack in front of the TV.  And perhaps the easiest recipe suggestion on this list involves just a few minutes to pop frozen Samosas into the oven and then dress them up for your party in small lettuce leaves and mango chutney.

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There are so many wonderful things to top bread with, one of these could be nominated as a favorite at your party.  In just five easy minutes French Toasts with duck pate, sliced brie and fresh tarragon on warm baguette rounds will get you out of the kitchen fast, while impressing your guests.  Beef Sliders with Horseradish Cream incorporates the much-loved tastes of seasoned beef tenderloin, onion rings, and horseradish.  And Bagel Chips with Ricotta, Chive Puree, and Prosciutto look as elegant as your favorite stars on the red carpet.  For a lighter topping, try Butternut Squash Crositni with pancetta, or Smoked Salmon Crostini with fennel, green onions and fresh dill.

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If you like a little heat, vibrant flavors of soy sauce, fresh ginger, yuzu ponzu sauce, jalapeno, sriracha chili sauce and sesame oil combine to spice up these Fresh Tuna and Butter Lettuce Wraps with Yuzu Ponzu by Emeril Lagasse.

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Counting calories like a starlet?  This Guiltless Guacamole promises taste with 40 percent fewer calories, by utilizing creamy mashed white beans and fresh cut veggies instead of tortilla chips.  If veggies aren’t your thing, but you want to go beyond the usual dip chip, these Parmesan Pita Crisps seasoned with cumin and red pepper and topped with Parmesan cheese will help maintain the party excitement.


Feature Presentation

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The 2012 movie Lincoln was an Oscar winner, and this version of a favorite dish of our 16th President might just bring you acclaim.  Creamy Oyster Stew with Fennel and Brown Bread Toasts is a hearty dish made with oysters, baby peas, rosemary, butter and heavy cream.  If you like the idea of oysters, but want a bit of a kick, try the Duck and Oyster Gumbo reminiscent of the 2009 Oscar nominated The Princess and the Frog.  If red meat is more to your liking, Beef Bourguignonne with Egg Noodles is a take on the classic Beef Bourguignon from the Oscar nominated 2009 film Julie & Julia.  Then again, maybe you want something from the other side of the channel, like these British Meat Pies with sausage, chopped onion, diced celery, carrot and mashed potatoes.


Happily Ever After

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What would an awards party be without dessert?  These fun creations featured on My Recipe and Delish will be the happy ending for your Oscar party.  Give each of your guests their own little Oscar, by providing them with these imaginative Oscar Awards Cupcakes featuring glittering cookie statues poised on top of the cupcakes.  For plenty of color, there are Tropical Beach Cupcakes inspired by the movie Moana, with fun candy decorations and swirls of blue frosting.  Don’t forget the Stormtrooper cookies for fans of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  For the cheesecake lovers at your party, there are Mini Black-Bottom Cheesecakes with Fromage Blanc cheese and chocolate wafer cookies.  But if you really want your party food dressed to impress on Oscar night, try these Do-It-Yourself Truffles.


No matter who wins on Oscar night, these applause-worthy star recipes can make your Oscar party a blockbuster.

Do you have a winning Oscar party dish?  Share it in the comments below!

By |2018-11-15T12:42:08-07:00February 25, 2017|

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