Weekend Special – An Oscar Party Menu with French Flare

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Overture, curtains, lights! This is it, the night of nights!Yes indeedy, it’s the Oscars!
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Are you throwing an Oscar Bash? Not sure what to serve? Let the movies be your guide:
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The Artist – old Hollywood glamour with caviar and champagne
The Descendants – a Hawaiian pig roast
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close – New York melting pot
The Help – southern fried chicken and chocolate pie
Hugo– Paris bistro
Midnight in Paris – more Paris bistro
Moneyball – take me out to the ball game with hotdogs and beer
The Tree of Life – 1950’s fare Texas style
War Horse – traditional English country cooking

I’ll be putting together two menus for you. Today it’s a Paris Bistro Supper. But maybe you would prefer a   Melting Pot Tapas Party.

Act I – start with something to nibble. Set out a platter of crudités (a fancy French word for fresh veggies!) and a small bowl of Lemon-Basil Aioli. For a bit of a change, substitute the basil with 1 tablespoon chopped tarragon. For a heartier platter add a few cocktail shrimp. Forget the red sauce, they’re yummy with aioli.

Act II – moving on to the main event. As far as I can figure, the quintessential bistro meal is steak-frites (steak with French fries). However, if you’re sitting around the television instead of the table, you’ll want a dinner you can eat without a knife. To that end, how about a fork-tender Braised Beef Bourguignon? Or maybe a warm and wonderful pot of French Lentil Soup? Both are great for a crowd.

Act III – salad and cheese please. A simple salade verte (green salad) is perfect with a Classic Vinaigrette. Add a warm goat cheese crostini for a special touch.

Act IV – a sweet finale Of course Mousse is classic bistro. I’m sure that either Chocolate or Lemon will be a hit. Serve either one or both with lots of fresh berries. Maybe you’d prefer Ginger Crème Brûlée (that would be my choice) or Rustic Apple Croustade (a strong second!)

Act V – Victory! Throughout the evening you can spice up the fun with a game or two. While the stars strut their stuff on the Red Carpet, let everyone make their best guesses for this year’s winners. Top score wins! Maybe you’d rather play Oscar Bingo? Instead of B12 and N47, it’s a presenter wears a yellow dress and Billy Crystal dances. Click Here for an Oscar 2012 Score Card and Here for Oscar 2012 Bingo Cards.

… and so to close … 
Tonight what heights we’ll hit. On with the show this is it!

Have fun, enjoy the Oscars and bon appétit!

Warm Goat Cheese Crostini
Makes 8 pieces

8 thin slices baguette
1-2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
About 2 ounces soft goat cheese, at room temperature
1-2 tablespoons heavy cream

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Put the goat cheese and cream in a small bowl. Use a fork to mash the goat cheese and combine it with the cream. Stir until the goat cheese is smooth and spreadable, adding a little more cream if necessary.

Lightly butter one side of each slice of bread. Spread a thick layer of goat cheese onto the other side. Bake at 375 degrees until the buttered side of the bread is golden brown and the cheese is piping hot, 10-15 minutes.

What are your Oscar plans? I’d love to hear from you! Let’s get a conversation going. To make a comment, just click on Comments below.

Want more? Click Here! for more seasonal menus or Here! for a complete list of and links to all the recipes on this blog!

I invite you to take a minute to learn about my philanthropic project Eat Well-Do Good. © Susan W. Nye, 2012

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