Oscar nominations were announced earlier this week, and the Feb. 24 telecast is just a few weeks away. Why not add to the festivities with an award-winning spread? These five recipes will get movie fans off to a celebratory start.
1. Mashed potato bar
Start with made-from-scratch mashed potatoes, add an array of toppings and you have the fixings for a festive and customizable mashed potato bar. Erica Moore, creator of the concept for Bonne Bouffe Catering, sets out traditional garnishes, such as shredded cheese, bacon, chopped scallions, horseradish sour cream and smoked salmon, but jazzes up the selection with more unique options. These include olive tapenade, roasted eggplant slivers, garlic sauteed shrimp and caramelized onions.
Photograph courtesy of Idaho Potato Commission
2. Apple, onion and prosciutto tart
Chef and cookbook author Jenn Louis fashions a rustic tart with a topping of apples, onions, prosciutto, soft Italian cheeses and herbs. Although it resembles a pizza, the rich pastry, sophisticated toppings and handcrafted shape add a bit of Oscar-worthy glamour to the tart.
Photograph courtesy of Prosciutto di Parma
3. Lamb meatball tartines with onion jam
This portable appetizer makes easy-to-handle finger food at a viewing party or other celebratory event. Serve the tartines as a hearty, more sophisticated alternative to chips and dip or pizza. Chef Alicia Jenish-McCarron saves labor by making the onion jam ahead.
Photograph courtesy of American Lamb Board
4. Pistachio chocolate tart with caramel mascarpone & ganache
Chocolate is party food, and these individual tarts showcase the flavor in all its glory. Pastry chef Lauren Mitterer complements the chocolate with caramel sauce, crunchy pistachios and creamy mascarpone cheese. It’s a welcome indulgence for an indulgent evening.
Photograph courtesy of American Pistachio Growers
5. Dark side of strawberry
This rosy mocktail pairs well with both savory and sweet dishes. For those who want a little buzz, the drink can be spiked with an ounce of Aperol to make a low ABV cocktail.
Photograph courtesy of National Honey Board