Happy March, everyone! I cannot believe how quickly this semester is flying by! I also can’t believe that Academy Awards are TOMORROW? What? I haven’t even seen any of the movies up for Best Picture! Total slacker this year…
I usually watch the Oscars in my pj’s and a bowl of ice cream (I’m classy), but my mom’s friend requested some recipes for an Oscars celebration. Cheese platters, pigs in a blanket, and meatballs are delicious and timeless, but I wanted to come up with some unique and special for the biggest night in movies. So I came up with an international hors d’eouvre spread that is a little different but still simple to whip up (and crowd-pleasing too!).
From the Mediterranean:
Since the Academy Awards are on at 8PM here on the East Coast, I was thinking appetizers that could be enjoyed even after eating a little dinner. Hummus and Baba Ghanoush are just the ticket. They are heavy enough to help fill you up but light enough that you don’t fall asleep before they announce the winners for Best Picture.
I just used my normal hummus recipe…
…and this is PW’s Baba Ghanoush recipe.
Because I love you, I actually went out and bought this.
To be perfectly honest, I tried the dip without tahini (because if I could avoid it, I would) and found that the dip really needed it. I also added a little more lemon juice because my eggplant needed a little extra bite… but I like my food tart. Just keep tasting and adjust seasonings until it is perfect for you.
Serve with raw vegetables, pita chips, blue corn tortilla chips, or naan. Yum!
For your guests who want a heartier appetizer, nothing fits the bill like chicken satay skewers. Grill (or broil) up some chicken tenders, skewer them, and serve them alongside some yummy peanut sauce. It’s crowd-pleasing and the leftovers (if there are any) can be turned into a wonderful salad or wrap on Monday. Check out the printable below for my adaptation on Ellie Krieger’s peanut sauce!
At later (8PM or later) cocktail parties, I always like having something sweet just in case someone actually had dinner and doesn’t want to nosh on savory appetizers. My mother gave me these fabulous stemless wine glasses and they are the perfect size for an appetizer-sized dessert.
To keep with the international theme, I topped one of my double chocolate brownies with some dark raspberry-chocolate chip gelato (yum!). Super decadent, exceptionally pretty, and super simple to assemble.
And it tastes divine with some prosecco on the side!
I hope these ideas inspire you to throw an internationally-themed Oscars cocktail party for your family and friends. Let me know what you end up doing – I would love to hear all about it!
Have a great weekend!
Lime Peanut Sauce
½ cup creamy peanut butter
¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1-inch grated fresh ginger
1 garlic clove, grated
2 scallions, chopped fine
Juice of one large lime (or two small limes)
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
1. Place all ingredients into a food processor or blender. Blend until thoroughly combined.
2. Taste and add extra seasoning if needed (might need extra lime!). If the sauce is too thick for your tastes, thin with a little water.
3. Pour sauce into a ramekin and garnish with chopped scallions.