We throw an Oscar party every year, complete with official ballots for all of our guests to fill out. Everyone throws $5 in a jar and winner takes all. Of course, most of us have only seen the big movies so there is a lot of guessing going on. It’s great because the competition keeps us totally engrossed during the most boring parts of the show!
However, my favorite part of the party is the themed recipes that align with the nominated movies.
Here are some of the recipes ideas our team has picked out for tomorrow:
Philomena really loves a good omelet. Give your guests a mini omelet bar. Pour beaten egg into cupcake pan and allow guests to choose fillings/toppings. Bake for 30 minutes at 375 degrees for perfect mini omelets! Recipe here.
The Campus Companion came up with Aurora Jungle-Juice that represents the two main colors of the aurora-borealis. (The quinine in the tonic water glows under a black light.) Recipe here.
12 Years a Slave:
Nutmeg Nanny’s Goat Cheese and Blackberry Thyme Jam Crostini is a perfect finger food to serve guests. The blackberry jam is a nod to the crushing of the berries scene in 12 Years a Slave. Recipe here.
The Wolf of Wall Street:
Anyone who saw The Wolf of Wall Street will remember the infamous Quaalude fiasco. That is why we suggest serving Russian Quaalude cocktails will remind your guests of the amazing jet setting and ridiculous Lamborghini scene. Recipe here.
Dallas Buyers Club:
We love this cowboy steak recipe from Simply Recipes, but it is not for the faint of heart. You may remember the scene in Dallas Buyers Club where Ron and Eve have a steak dinner together (plus the movie just screams “steak”). This is a perfect main course to serve to your meat eating guests. Recipe here.
In Her, a man fell in love with his OS. We suggest making a fruit and/or veggie platter with select produce spray painted with metallic edible spray paint to give it a futuristic look. This will give the effect of tech and biology merging. You can purchase edible spray paint here and here and at most craft stores. (It is probably not so good for you, but hey, you only live once.)
Captain Phillips takes place in the waters off the coast of Somalia. These Somali sambusas stuffed with lamb will be a savory addition to your menu. Recipe here.
Well, if the steak and the metallic edible paint didn’t do you in, this will probably do the trick. I don’t know what it is with this year’s nominated movies, but they are inspiring dishes that go heavy on the chemicals and animal fats. Jeremy Renner’s character in mentioned clams casino in American Hustle, and his character was so awesome we felt obligated to put this dish our list (plus, it truly is delicious). Recipe here.
A movie that takes place in the corn capital of the U.S. may sound like the perfect excuse to perfect your cornbread recipe, but instead try this recipe for sweet corn ice cream and salted caramel sauce from Taste and Tell. You can thank us later. Recipe here.
Do you have an Oscar traditions? Please share in the comments below.