A Fun & Festive Oscar Party & Flatbread with Mushrooms, Caramelized Onions & Spinach

Okay it’s not the Super Bowl but the Oscars are still a pretty big night.
All across the nation and around the world, televisions will be tuned to Hollywood Boulevard. Maybe you’ve seen films, maybe one or two or maybe none. It doesn’t matter. Oscar night is all about the red carpet glitz and glamour and fabulous gowns. It is the perfect excuse for a Girls’ Night In.

And no, your friends don’t need to bring their sleeping bags and spend the night. I’m sure everyone will be happy to head home once the orchestra plays off the last winner.

Enjoy great food. Have some fun and let the films’ titles and settings inspire your menu. For starters travel to New York with Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and put together an ethnic melting pot of hors d’oeurvres. Who wouldn’t love a few dim sum delicacies, flatbread pizza or blinis with caviar and lox? The Help may inspire you to fry up some chicken and stew some okra. Dare I suggest a nice, lean filet of horse meat with roasted carrots and turnip for War Horse? For dessert you might want to try mousse au chocolate for Midnight in Paris or coconut pie for The Descendents. You can personalize your party by inventing your own a Red Carpet Cocktail. Something fruity and fizzy would be fun.

Feel free to make your party a potluck and let everyone pitch in. Don’t forget with the pre-Oscar shows and red carpet rambling, it will be a long evening so pace yourselves!

Hand out Score Cards or play Oscar Bingo, maybe both. While the stars strut their stuff on the Red Carpet let everyone vote for their favorites. Throughout the award ceremonies don’t forget to keep a tally of winners and losers. And if you’ve only seen one or two of the films? Well you can fill out the Score Card any which way and see what chance hands you.

Then again Oscar Bingo might be more fun! Instead of B12 and N47, it’s a presenter wears a yellow dress and Billy Crystal dances.

I’ve put together an Oscar Score Card and ten Oscar Bingo Cards to help you with your fun. DVDs or movie sound tracks make great prizes. Or make it a bit more interesting. Let everyone chip in a buck, maybe a few and winner takes all … and hosts next year’s party!

Have a great party and bon appétit!

Flatbread with Mushrooms, Caramelized Onions & Spinach
Glamorous stars and glitterati, 1,500 of them, will gather after the Oscars at the Governors Ball. Celebrity Chef Wolfgang Puck will be cooking. He’ll have nothing on you if you whip up this delicious flatbread. Enjoy!
Serves 4-6 for a main course, 8-12 for appetizers

4 slices thick cut bacon, roughly chopped
Extra virgin olive oil
Pinch hot pepper flakes
2 large onions, cut in half and into thin wedges
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
Balsamic vinegar
8 ounces Portobello or crimini mushrooms, sliced
16-20 ounces pizza dough (your favorite recipe, store-bought or from your favorite pizzeria)
8 ounces grated smoked gouda
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
2-3 ounces fresh spinach or arugula
1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

Cook the bacon over medium heat until crispy. Remove from the pan, drain and reserve.

Heat a little olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, add the mushrooms, season with salt and pepper and sauté until golden. Reserve.

Heat a little olive oil with the pepper flakes in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, add the onion, season with salt and pepper and sauté until golden. Stir in the garlic and 1 teaspoon vinegar and cook 1-2 minutes more. Reserve.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

Cut the pizza dough in half. Stretch each piece into a rectangle or roll out with a rolling pin. Top each flatbread with bacon, onions and mushrooms, sprinkle with grated cheese and thyme.

Transfer the flatbreads to a lightly oiled baking sheet or a preheated pizza stone. Bake the flatbreads until the cheese is bubbly and crust is crisp; 10-15 minutes if you use a baking sheet or 8-12 minutes if you use a pizza stone.

Meanwhile, put the spinach in a large bowl, drizzle with 1-2 teaspoons olive oil and 1/2-1 teaspoon vinegar, season with salt and pepper and toss to combine.

Top the flatbreads with spinach and sprinkle with walnuts. Return to the oven for about a minute to wilt the spinach. Remove from the oven and let rest for a minute or two, cut into wedges and serve.

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7 thoughts on “A Fun & Festive Oscar Party & Flatbread with Mushrooms, Caramelized Onions & Spinach

  1. ohmygoodness, Susan! I’ve developed a “not so minor” addiction to anything with mushrooms and cheese lately. This looks fantastic! Smoked Gouda makes this extra special.


  2. Hi Susan,

    Like many other people I will be watching the oscars too. I must say that your flatbead pizza recipe sounds delicious. My husband will not eat mushrooms or onions oh and green peppers. It has been a challenge for me to cook for him. So maybe I will make this pizza just for me. 🙂



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