Sunday is Oscar night. Okay, so it’s been blistering cold. It’s winter; it’s New England. It’s okay to take a pass on the glamourous get-ups. Forget the strapless dresses and strappy shoes. Invite everyone to bundle up and enjoy a cozy evening of small bites and a mug of chili or soup.
Start with star-studded finger food. For glam? (It is the Oscars after all.) Savory Blinis Smoked Salmon & Caviar, of course! Not quite as glamorous but still delicious, you might prefer my Zucchini Pancakes with a small dollop of Tapenade . For cozy you can’t beat Tartelettes au Fromage avec Saucisse et Poireaux (Cheese Tartlets with Sausage & Leeks) or Flatbread with Mushrooms, Caramelized Onions & Spinach. For a taste of the sunny Greek Isles, my Spanakopita Triangles, of course. And don’t forget the Roasted Shrimp with Tarragon Aioli!
Save some room for a warm and wonderful mug of my Black Bean & Beef Chili. Unless you’d like a little international spice and my Curried Thai Soup with Noodles, Turkey & Vegetables. (It’s one of my favorite post-Thanksgiving soups. If you don’t have a leftover turkey sitting around, chicken works just as well. Just poach boneless chicken breasts in a little chicken broth and dry white wine.) Or let cozy meet fancy with Lobster-Corn Chowder.
Just in time for best picture and the final statue, bring out a sweet treat or two. Who wouldn’t love a mini cupcake … especially my Double Trouble Chocolate-Orange Cupcakes. Unless you have a hankering for oh so creamy and luscious Panna Cotta with Strawberries (strawberries are on sale at my local supermarket this week). Then again, my Triple Threat Brownies are irresistible.
Enjoy the party! Bon appétit!
What are your plans for Oscar Night? I’d love to hear from you! Let’s get a conversation going.
© Susan W. Nye, 2015