A star-powered party menu is just the ticket when the 90th Academy Awards airs Sunday at 8 p.m. on ABC.
Your best bet is to borrow savory and sweet inspiration from the evenings nominees.
I get nerdy about awards seasons, says Ronnie New, executive chef at Alamo Drafthouse in Downtown Brooklyn, where films are often shown alongside special menus.
Its fun, he adds, to throw a theme party based on what youve seen and fallen in love with.
These Oscar party-worthy apps, desserts and sips are so tasty and easy, even Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty who famously flubbed announcing the Best Picture winner when they were handed the wrong envelope last year can handle them.
The Shape of Water
(Nominated for Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Directing and more)
Hard-boiled eggs play a co-starring role in the relationship between a mute lab janitor (Sally Hawkins) and an aquatic creature.
Deviled eggs are a classic party starter, says Alamo Drafthouse chef New, whose tasty recipe includes a seafood garnish as a nod to the creature in the film.
Deviled Eggs with Smoked Trout
For the filling:
6 hard-boiled eggs
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 teaspoon capers
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
For the garnish:
2 ounces smoked trout
Cut hard-boiled eggs in half, gently scoop out yolks, set white parts aside.
Place yolks, mayonnaise, capers, mustard and a pinch of salt and pepper in a mixing bowl and combine thoroughly.
Place 1 tablespoon of the egg filling in each egg white half.
Garnish with a piece of smoked trout and a sprig of dill.
Call Me by Your Name
(Nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Original Song, Best Adapted Screenplay)
A peach assumes provocative dimensions in this romance starring Timothe Chalamet and Armie Hammer.
But no one will be put off by how peaches, in this recipe from Relish.com, become irresistible party food.
Baked Peaches with Brie
4 unpeeled peaches, pitted and cut into halves
4 ounces brie cheese, cut into 8 slices
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 425F.
Place peach halves on baking sheet. Top each half with a slice of the cheese. Drizzle with maple syrup and top with walnuts. Bake about 10 minutes, until cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve immediately.
(Nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Directing, Costume Design, Best Original Score)
Mushrooms loom large in this drama of an obsessive fashion designer played by Daniel Day-Lewis, whose wife has something up her sleeve and on the stove that shifts the balance of power in their marriage.
The couturier sews secret messages into his delicious garments. This appetizer from Allrecipes.com is filled with savory taste sensations.
Blue Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms
3 strips bacon
6 large mushrooms
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 onion, diced
1 clove garlic, sliced
3 ounces cream cheese
3 ounces blue cheese
1/3 cup bread crumbs
Cook bacon strips in a large skillet over medium heat until crispy; drain on paper towels. While the bacon is cooking, remove stems from mushrooms. Set caps aside, and chop stems.
Add butter to skillet with bacon grease. When melted, stir in mushroom stems, onion and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently until the onions caramelize, 15 to 20 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a small baking dish with cooking spray.
Once the onion mixture has reached a deep, rich brown color, place into a blender along with bacon, cream cheese, blue cheese and bread crumbs. Blend on low until ingredients are roughly chopped and evenly combined. Stuff cheese mixture into mushroom caps and place into prepared baking dish.
Bake in preheated oven until bubbly and lightly browned, 10 to 15 minutes.
(Nominated for Best Animated Feature, Best Original Song)
A Mexican boy follows his secret love of music straight into the Land of the Dead in this charming animated feature.
Hot chocolate spiced with vanilla, cinnamon and a hint of chili pepper from Allrecipes.com gives a sweet kick to this family-friendly winter favorite on Oscar night.
Mexican Hot Chocolate
(makes 8 cups)
1 vanilla bean
1 teaspoon Urfa biber (Turkish chili pepper)
6 cups milk
1 cinnamon stick
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate
2 tablespoons white sugar
1/2 cup whipped cream, or to taste
1 tablespoon grated bittersweet chocolate
Split vanilla bean lengthwise with the tip of a sharp knife. Place Urfa biber in a tea infuser.
Combine vanilla bean, Urfa biber, milk and cinnamon stick in a pot.
Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until milk is steaming and small bubbles appear, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove Urfa biber. Reduce heat to low. Add chocolate and sugar; stir until chocolate is melted, about 2 minutes. Remove cinnamon stick and vanilla bean.
Pour into cups and top with a dollop of whipped cream. Garnish with bittersweet chocolate.