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5 Appetizers for Your Academy Awards Watch Party

by Pam Silvia

1. Once Upon A Time … in Hollywood: Cliff Booth’s Mac and Cheese

You can stay true to the cinematic rendition with a Kraft box of instructions, but we’re casting our vote toward a more gourmet version. This recipe is easy to make, too, with unsalted butter, white bread, milk, all-purpose flour, salt, nutmeg, ground black pepper, cayenne pepper, elbow macaroni and grated cheeses of the white cheddar, Gruyere and Pecorino Romano varieties.

2. Marriage Story: “Chicken or Beef?” Taquitos  and  Adam Screw-Drivers

While the Best-Picture-nominated drama centers on Charlie and Nicole’s divorce, this appetizer riffs on the age-old question on wedding invitations. Whip up some baked taquitos with some tortillas, shredded cheddar, hot sauce, ground beef and seasoned chicken—and if you’re so inclined, vegetarian fixings for a third option.

We recommend washing this delicacy down with an orange juice and vodka cocktail to toast Best Actor nominee (and beloved Star Wars villain) Adam Driver.

3. Little Women: Grit-tle Lemon

While the novel or 2019 big-screen adaptation never depicted the March sisters grubbing on shrimp and grits, we include this recipe because, well, we love a good food pun. So, serve a citrusy rendition with a nameplate labeled “Grit-tle Lemon”! Made with instant grits, salt, pepper, Parmesan, peeled shrimp, minced garlic, lemon juice and chopped parsley, this offering is healthful and can be proportioned in mini prep bowls for watch-party noshing.

4. Ford v. Ferrari: Gourd  v. Calamari

We’re revving up for another pun-inspired appetizer—we couldn’t help ourselves. Which flavor will win out in this starter salad of pumpkin mash and squid? To make this fancy salad, artfully arrange some grilled, thin calamari slabs, baby red Swiss chard, corn salad, orange and blood orange slices and chopped walnuts alongside generously smeared pumpkin mash. Lastly, round out the starter dish with a sweet citrus vinaigrette.

5. The Irishman: Mobster Charcuterie

Make it a mafia party with an Italian charcuterie board inspired by a scene in the Best Picture contender directed by Martin Scorsese. Like Russell Bufalino and Frank Sheeran, you may choose to dip bread in wine amid a spread of fresh Cerignola olives, Grana Padano cheese, rosemary bread, sweet Sagrantino wine and cured Italian meats, including salami, prosciutto and capicola.

Instead of wishing you were at the Oscars soirée, bring the elegant affair to your home! Go all out with a decadent menu of award-worthy appetizers, and leave the dirty work to your kitchen appliances. Stop by our store today to check out our award-worthy selection of dishwashers, refrigerators and oven ranges!