13 Elegant Appetizers for Your Oscar Viewing Pleasure
The 88th annual Academy Awards ceremony is going down in Los Angeles this Sunday, February 28, at 5:30 p.m. As the Oscars can be a bit slow at times, it’s fun to watch this sort of live televised event with friends because you can discuss who has the best dress and who makes the most awkward acceptance speech, all while guzzling the best pink champagne you can afford. If you’re having people over, why not make a party of it and serve a delectable spread of sophisticated finger foods? Here are 13 inspiring and elegant appetizers perfect for your Oscars viewing pleasure.
Seaweed cones filled with savory ginger, sesame, and garlic tuna seem like an appetizer that would be on the menu of the Governors Ball, the Oscars' official after-party. As the tuna is raw in this dish, use the best sushi-grade tuna you can afford.
This hors d'oeuvre consists of only a few ingredients, so use the best quality mushrooms, goat cheese, and bread you can afford. For a rich depth of flavor, incorporate several different kinds of mushrooms.
Want to serve something that is satisfying without being over-the-top rich? Offer squares of this whole-wheat pizza with broccoli rabe and turkey sausage. Use part-skim mozzarella cheese, and come Monday morning, you won’t feel guilty!
Stop by your local Asian market and pick up some pot sticker wrappers and some premade dipping sauces. Use them to make these tasty shrimp and vegetable dumplings.
Three words: Sriracha lime popcorn. You’ve got to serve the quintessential movie treat, right? And this spicy tangy popcorn is an addictive variation that you won’t be able to stop eating.
I have a weakness for old-school wavy potato chips like Ruffles, and imagining the salty crunchy snack dipped in chocolate sort of blows my mind. I can taste it now and am sure it’s insanely scrumptious.
The childhood favorite gets a glamorous grown-up makeover in this recipe for hogs in a blanket. It’s a super-easy app to make: You simply wrap your favorite good quality sausages in puff pastry. Slice, bake, and serve with a grainy mustard mixed with chutney. Yum!
Garlicky sautéed kale and Italian white beans are a match made in vegetarian heaven, as proven by this crostini recipe. It calls for Cava Greek Yogurt Hummus; if you can’t find this product at your local grocer, simply mix a tablespoon or two of Greek yogurt into your preferred brand of storebought hummus.
If you’ve ever had fried chickpeas as a snack at a bar, you know that they are a crunchy, finger-licking-good treat. But did you know that you can mimic the experience by roasting them in your own oven? It’s a vegan appetizer that’s best served piping hot off of the sheet pan.
The combination of Sriracha and lime is clearly an award-winning duo, because it appears again in this roasted shrimp cocktail recipe.
No spread of chic snacks is complete without a delicious dessert on a stick! Dip small balls of ice cream in your crushed candy; then place in the freezer until firm. Make a few days in advance so you don’t have to worry about dessert the afternoon of the Oscars.
These mini steak sandwiches are the perfect hearty appetizer.Tangy mustard, caramelized onions, melted brie, sweet jam, medium rare slices of steak, and peppery arugula come together in a few flavor-packed bites. Just thinking about these has my mouth watering!
Thinly sliced potatoes are the base for this decadent smoked salmon galette. Whipped cream cheese and crème fraîche is the light and cooling spread in between the crispy potatoes and pillowy salmon. If you’re in the mood to indulge, top with heaping teaspoons of your favorite brand of caviar.
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What are you serving for Oscars Sunday?