Best food for Oscar party?
Any ideas for Oscar party food? I don't want to serve just appetizers! (We will be a group of 10 or so)
I don't want to make a baked pasta dish, it seems too typical.
At first, I was thinking a meatloaf, but then people said they didn't like meatloaf.
Then, I though of a taco/burrito bar, but that might get too labor intensive for my guests, although I am really leaning towards that because people can customize. Any ideas on how to pull this off if I decide to do that?
Maybe a fajita bar. You can prep it all ahead of time and have the condiments ready. Then just cook the meat/veggies. If you go the mexican route, I would do some apps to start like a taco dip and other things, and a mexican style salad with creamy cilantro dressing.
Drinks can be fun like red carpet martinis (vodka, cherry juice and grenadine garnished w/cherry)
I hear you on baked pasta seeming too typical. What about shepherds pie or some kind of layered dish using polenta?
I was also thinking of individual macaroni and cheese with assorted mix ins. A large muffin tin, with simple mac and cheese recipe, then an assortment of prepped condiments--bacon crumbles, jalepenos, tomatoes..
How about a nice beef wellington? You can make a big one and slice into individual servings, or make mini beef wellingtons. Yum.
Mini sandwiches? My mother does sandwiches with high-quality turkey and beef tenderloin on dinner rolls for her parties. You can customize with spreads/fixings and they are very tasty.
We have an Oscar party every year. We make different food each year, depending on what movies are nominated, trying to base the dishes on either the title of the movie, the theme, a food that is featured in the movie, where the setting is, etc. Since the awards show is the focus, it's fun to have food that's kind of a conversation piece to go along with the movies featured on the show.
That said, make-your-own bars are very practical for this kind of party. More labor-intensive for you, really, but guests love them.
As for baked pasta, I have 2 recipes that are killer and not really "typical" if you'd like them. One is a Chicken and Pasta Gratin that uses creme fraiche and gruyere. The other is pasta, sausage and 3 cheeses (gorgonzola included) along with shitake mushrooms. So not your regular lasagne! :)
here's my list:
Babel: Mexican Wedding Cakes (one of the storylines involves the nanny going to her son's wedding in Mexico)
The Departed: Boston Clam Chowder
Letters From Iwo Jima: Saketini
The Queen: Finger sandwiches and Earl Gray tea
Little Miss Sunshine: KFC fried chicken with honey mustard dip (KFC was their first family dinner in the movie)
I'm elaborating more on the above list on my blog: http://singleguychef.blogspot.com
Very good suggestions.
I have been working on my list for Sunday, too. I try to use foods from the movies that have been nomiated. This year, I've only come up with grilled gruyere cheese sandwiches from Devil Wears Prada (Andy's boyfriend makes this for her, and it is mentioned another time at the end of the movie). Pretty slim, I konw, but I'm working on it.
How about a big pot of gumbo with nice fluffy rice and a good green salad. You can combine a variety of ingredients. It is rich and warm and certainly not the usual baked pasta thing.
My fajita party was a big success, despite having to keep the meats/shrimp warm. This time I've got a lot of vegetarians coming, so I'm making quesadillas, some w/ meat and some w/out: chicken/pesto/mozzarella; prosciutto/cream cheese/herb; tapenade/pine nuts/tomato/feta; mushroom/gruyere; blue/pear/pecan.
Beef Tenderloin! You can prepare it the night before by rubbing it with olive oil, salt and chopped rosemary. Throw it in the oven at 450 (5 lbs) and it will be medium in about 30 minutes. Serve it with a sauce, Horseradish cream or gorgonzola is awesome! I'd probably make one other dish myself, like scalloped potatoes (gruyere and parmesian). Then skimp on the rest of the preparation and buy ready-made. Appetizers and finger foods from trader joe's are usually a good bet.
The taco/burrito bar is so much prep! What about pulled pork sandwiches? Roast the pork with a good rub, or cook in a crock pot. Serve with a selection of sauces served in plastic squirt bottles: a NOrth Carolina vinegar sauce, a piquant mustard-based sauce, and a smokey tomato-based sauce. Serve on buns or a selection of rolls with cole slaw. All can be prepared in advance. Also, if you have a crowd of people juggling plates in their laps, a one-handed dish is a plus.
Ribs are easy and inexpensive to entertain a crowd. Supplement with simple finger sandwiches and salad and you're set!
In the make your own vein that's a little out of the ordinary, I've had success with make your own sushi. It keeps people occupied, and some of my more eccentric guests have had a fine time experimenting with what can be added to a roll.
We do an "elegant" Oscar party with not your average weekday menu. I love the following chicken recipe because it can all be prepared in advance and it takes no pampering to roast:
8 very large chicken breasts with skin
1 box chopped spinach, defrosted and WELL drained
1 can water chestunuts, drained and chopped
1 box Knorr or similar vegetable soup mix
1 cup sour cream (can use light)
1 8 oz. cream cheese softened (can use light)
Preheat oven to 375 - mix all ingredients except chicken to make stuffing. Make pocket between skin and chicken leaving one side attached. Divide stuffing in 8 pieces, put into pocket. Season chicken with salt, pepper, paprika, onion powder & garlic powder. Place in large greased 11X17 baking sheet, cover with foil. Bake for 30 min covered, uncover and bake 30 addiitonal minutes basting once or twice with juices.
We like to serve this dish with a rice pilaf with onions and mushrooms that can also be baked in the oven, roasted asparagus and usually a choclate mousse or tart.
Mashed potato bar
Love this for parties just do up a big pot of mashed poatoes then put out in bowls anything you think could go on MP's.
People always go 3-4 even 5 times trying different combo's of stuff.
and lots of the stuff you want can be dead easy.
Bacon Bits - just buy the real ones
Depending on how much you have to spend you can get really creative.
Or just ask everyone to bring their fave topping, just might want to get them to RSVP what it is so that you don't get a whole lot of just bacon and Sour Cream or something.
re: Tom P
I LOVE this idea TOM P! What a spectacular way to honor my beloved potato.
I am stealing your idea, and I see little shepherds pies developing in the glasses, hmmm.
Or, creamy mashed potatoes swirled with fresh spinach swirled in, then with garlicky bechamel, tender bits of filet mignon, carmelized onions, blue cheese, crispy procuitto and chives. WOW what a wonderfully comforting and classy starter, everyone will love you!
Another idea would be to mix in petite pois and baby onions, and top with a pat of tarragon butter. And you mentioned gravy, I have these adorable tiny gravy boats, that you could place along side to top your Spudtini!
I think this idea is just wonderful, and I am organizing an event and this appetizer would be perfect to serve at the reception. I have some champagne glasses that were designed a while back, more open like the martini glass,
I usually do Spanish for the Oscars. Tapas with wines to match. This year:
Starting with A Cava Bellini (with Blood orange Juice)
Grilled Bread with Roasted Peppers and Anchovies
Wild Mushrooms with Aioli
Sauteed Chickpeas with Spinach
Shrimp with Garlic
Lamb Meatballs with Cumin
Baked Goat Cheese with Rosemary Honey
Most of it is made ahead or can be cooked in less than 5 minutes. Fun and yummy!
I think it would be nice to have international food choices because so many of the nominated films are in foreign languages, have international settings and/or are directed or star people born outside the U.S. So I heartily support the fajita bar idea or the potato bar if you have toppings that are representative of foreign lands (notably Mexico, Morocco, Japan).
I'm making Catherine Scorsese's lasagna with the hopes of celebrating Marty's first Oscar statuette (finally!). Not only is it thematically spot-on -- if I do say so myself -- but it can be made ahead fo time and warmed up between Best Doc and Best Editing. I'd only prepare food you don't have to tear yourself away from the broadcast to tend to, or you'll miss all the fin.
In response to Jessica's request for Oscar party ideas, prepare a mashed potato bar with all the trimmings. Serve in champagne glasses!
Don't mean to be a spoil sport, but theme food for movies is too weird for me. I started to do it a few years ago and then couldn't get over that some movies were gruesome (ala Silence of the Lambs) or horrifying or deeply sad.
So, in order to sidestep that feeling, we always just have a big salad, fresh chilled crab and great, crusty bread. I always make a mayo with cayenne and garlic and provide lemon wedges for those who want something on the crab.
I usually do a roasted sausage/peppers & onions... with a big arugula salad... Add good La Brea bakery rolls and if you prep all the veggies in advance, you're not stuck in the kitchen.
If anyone reads this now....oh, how I wish I'd seen it when it was posted. Every year, I do an Oscar party. And every year, my foods are PUNS based on the title of nominated films. Here was menu for this year's Oscar bash. Enjoy, and let me know what you think at firstname.lastname@example.org:
Artichoke heart dip
The Deviled Egg wears Paprika
“The Devil Wears Prada”
Pirates of the Carib-bean dip
“Pirates of the Caribbean”
Nuts on a Scandal
The Pursuit of Happy-nuts
“Notes on a Scandal”
“The Pursuit of Happiness”
The Queen Eliza-beef in The Good Shepherd’s Pie
“The Queen” and “The Good Shepherd”
Lettuce with Oil and Cream-a
Salad with Sour Cream Vinaigrette
“Letters from Iwo Jima”
Little Miss Sunshine Cake
“Little Miss Sunshine”
The Good German Chocolate Cake
German Chocolate Cake
“The Good German”
An Inconvenient Ruth
Baby Ruth Bars
“An Inconvenient Truth”
I posted my PUN Oscar Menu in 2007. I forgot to post in 2008 (e-mail me at email@example.com if you are curious what it was). Here is my menu for 2009! Have a great Oscar BASH!
Vicki Crostini Basil-Roma
“Vicki Christina Barcelona”
Buffalo Chicken Wings
Rachel Getting Mole’d
“Rachel Getting Married”
The Dark Nut
Almonds (or Brazil Nuts)
“The Dark Night”
Pigs in a Blanket
Roast Beef Sandwiches (Hulk Hoagies!)
Revolutionary Road-tini Salad
The Range Casserole of Benjamin Button Mushrooms
Sauteed Mushroom Casserole
“The Strange Case of Benjamin Button”
Apple Pan Doubt-y
Apple Pan Dowdy
Duncan Hines Cupcakes
Here is my 2010 Oscar Menu:
"A Single, Serious Man-darin Dumpling"
"A Single Man" and "A Serious Man"
"The Moussenger" feat. “The Fantastic Mr. Lox”
"The Messenger" & “The Fantastic Mr. Fox”
"The Hurt Guac-er"
"The Hurt Locker"
baked artichoke dip
"Up in the Hair"
angel hair pasta salad
“Up in the Air”
"Jolly & Julienne"
roasted julienne vegetables
"Julie & Julia"
“Freshious-paragus: Placed in a Nouvelle Dish with Saffron”
asparagus with saffron aioli
“Precious: Based on the novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
“The Egg Foo Young Victoria”
Egg Foo Young
“The Young Victoria”
"The Lovely Bones/Buns"
bao, chicken wings, ribs?
"The Lovely Bones"
pineapple upside down cake
"The Blend Side"
"The Blind Side"
For this special evening I always make W. Pucks famous "Chinois Classic Chicken Salad" which is always available back stage at any WP event because it's most everyone's favorite. I love this salad!!!!!!!! and so will you for it can be made to feed an Army just the way Mr. Puck does it. YUMMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I wish I could be there again this year.
My photo is attached of this great salad I make quite often. It like every other food is all about the dressing.
Chinois Classic Chicken Salad Ingredients
1 lb White meat chicken; roasted, 2 Heads radicchio; julienned
; and skin removed, 2 c Spinach; julienned
; julienned thin 1 Head romaine lettuce;
1 Head napa cabbage; julienned ; soft leafy green)
Instructions for Chinois Classic Chicken Salad
MMMMM--------------------FOR THE VINAIGRETTE-------------------------
2 bn Scallion; (white portion -only)
1/3 c Pickled ginger; packed
1/4 c Chinese mustard powder
1/2 c Shallots; chopped
1/3 c Honey
2/3 c Soy superior
2/3 c Ginger vinegar
2 c Peanut oil or vegetable oil
3 tb Sesame oil
1/2 c Chili oil
Garnish with fried -wonton-strips Combine first seven vinaigrette ingredients in a blender. Cover and puree for 1 1/2 full minutes. While blender is still running, slowly drizzle in the three oils until the vinaigrette is thick and emulsified completely. Check the seasoning and adjust as desired with salt and pepper. NOTE: The entire batch may not fit in a conventional home blender, so you may need to separate it into two parts. To Make the Salad Combine all cold lettuce and chicken in a large bowl. Add the vinaigrette in two ounce portions, tossing the salad in between additions until well coated, but not over-dressed. Serve out to 4 chilled plates and garnish with fried wonton. Fried wonton strips - purchase wonton skins at an Asian market. Heat peanut oil to 350 degrees and cut the skins to 1/4 in thick. Sprinkle the strips (to separate) into the hot oil and fry until crisp and golden in color. Remove to drain onto clean towel and sprinkle lightly with salt. Cool. Yield: 4 servings Converted by MC_Buster. NOTES : From Chef and author Wolfgang Puck Recipe by: Good Morning America Converted by MM_Buster v2.0l.
Here is the first draft of my Oscar Party Menu for 2011. As always, I am looking for feedback! This year, it has turned out oddly Asian themed. But it works out well, as a lot of the food can be ordered out for delivery hot and fresh just before the party begins.
hot and sour soup
127 Hours D’Oeuvres
"Toy Story 3"
“Black Swan” and “Tron”
How to Drain Your Rangoon
“How to Train Your Dragon”
chinese pork ribs
ASIAN MAIN DISHES
The Seashell Nutwork
"The Social Network”
The Town-doori Chicken
The (Foo) Fighter
egg foo young
--Polenta/Goat Cheese Tart--
The Curds Are All White
"The Kids Are All Right"
The King’s Peach
"The King’s Speech"
Ready for 2012? Here we go!
APPETIZERS / SNACKS
"A Separation" (I might drop this one -- foreign film and complicated to serve)
Brie En Croute
Goat Cheese Spread
Horseradish Dip with Crudite
The Girl with the Rangoon Tofu
Crab Rangoon and Tofu
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2"
Pinker, Paler, Salmon, Rye
Salmon Mousse on Rye Crisps
"Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy"
Hell and Guac Again
"Hell and Back Again" (Documentary Feature)
"Footnote" (Foreign Film, Israel)
The Tree of Loaf
"The Tree of Life"
Mini Beef Kabobs
My Wok with Mandarin
Mandarin Chinese Dish (Maybe combined with the next dish?)
"My Week with Marilyn"
Kung Pao Panda
Kung Pao Beef
"Kung Fu Panda"
"La Luna" (Animated Short)
The Idas of Starch
Ore Ida Tater Tots
"The Ides of March"
DESSERTS & FRUITS
Midnight in Porous
“Midnight in Paris” (funnier but a farther reach)
Rise of the Planet of the Grapes
"Rise of the Planet of the Apes"
A Bitter Life
"A Better Life"
The Iron Lady-fingers
“The Iron Lady”
Extremely Lewd Inedibly Gross
English Spotted Dick
"Extremely Loud Incredibly Close" (I’m floundering here)
Honey Ball (Alternate in Appetizers)
Honey Glazed Donut Holes
"Pina" (Documentary Feature)
Here comes my Oscar Menu for 2013. I am certain you have all been waiting on the edge of your seats! :-)
Link-in with Franks’n’ Weenies
Pigs in a blanket
"Lincoln” and “Frankenweenie”
Fresh Guacamole / Hitch-guac
"Hitchcock" & “Fresh Guacamole” (animated short)
Charred Leg of Lamb on Crostini
Breasts of the Southern Wild Rice
Chicken breasts wild rice roulade
"The Beasts of the Southern Wild"
Slivered Almonds Play-bok
Asian bok choy and slivered almond salad or Garlic Bok Choy stir fry with almonds
"Silver Linings Playbook"
Corn on the cob
The Life of Ban-anna Kream-ina Pie
Banana Cream Pie
“The Life of Pi” & “Anna Karenina”
Thrifty Dark Zeros
Packaged Mini Chocolate Donuts
“Zero Dark Thirty”
Fabulous as always! I am doing an all Philadelphia menu( for Silver Linings) this year, as that is where I am from. I will have a Phila cheesesteak slider bar, I have imported soft pretzels, making bookbinder's snapper soup (with red snapper, tho, not turtle), and homemade butterscotch . Oh and some Goldenberg's Peanut chews.
Here are my current thoughts for Oscars, 2014. As always, comments and suggestions are much appreciated!:
Caps ‘N‘ Fill-ups
The Wolf of Walnuts
"The Wolf of Wall Street"
Egg-ist Sausage Crusty
Sausage Mini Quiches
"August: Osage County"
Mussels (might turn into “American Brussel” sprouts)
Spinach Pie in Phyllo Dough
Serving Mustard Franks
Pigs in a blanket
“Saving Mr. Banks” (snubbed, but got a score nod)
Ne-brisket / Beef for Midnight
Brisket of Beef
"Nebraska" and “Before Midnight”
Dallas Buyers Club Sandwiches
"Dallas Buyers Club”
Mandarin: Long Wok to Fry-dom
Mandarin Stir Fry
“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"
Blue Jasmine Rice
12 Spears a Fave
“12 Years a Slave”
Inside Lemon Danish
“Inside Llewyn Davis”
Great menu, once again! Thanks for sharing it. I am serving all appetizers, finger foods:
I am having gravlax appetizer, Phillips seafood crab cakes, Nebraska mini corn dogs, August sausage puffs, spinach phylo, mini club sandwiches (thanks for those last 3!). Maybe little pizzas with Herbs, 12 cheese plate, American beers, wines, champagne. Have a fun night. Robin