The 90th annual Academy Awards (or The Oscars as we all know them), are just around the corner! Every year we love to celebrate the biggest night in Hollywood with a viewing party … And that means lots of good food (and of course some champagne). This year is no exception, and we are already well into our Oscars viewing party menu planning. Below are our 5 must-make appetizers that are sure to impress your guests for this fun night of television.
First up are these Rosemary Roasted Cashews — They are the perfect amuse bouche to snack on as the party is just getting started (and you’re watching all that red carpet fashion).
Rosemary Roasted Cashews
Ingredients:1 1/4 pounds cashew nuts2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh rosemary leaves1/2 teaspoon cayenne2 teaspoons dark brown sugar2 teaspoons kosher salt1 tablespoon melted butterDirections: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.Place the nuts on an un-greased baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes until they are warmed through and slightly browned.Meanwhile, in pot over medium heat, combine the rosemary, pepper, sugar, salt and butter and whisk until well incorporated. Toss the warm nuts with the rosemary mixture until the nuts are completely coated. Serve warm.*These nuts are best if served immediately. If they sit for a while, they will get sticky.
Next, we suggest serving our Avocado Tomatillo Salsa with some fresh crudités. This salsa is light and flavorful, and a great alternative to a heavy dairy-based dip.
By the time the show actually starts you and your guests will be ready for a little something more, and we suggest serving these Pear and Cheese Endive Bites.
Pear and Cheese Endive Bites
Ingredients1 head of endive1 ripe pear (peeled, cored and cut into small cubes)6 red seedless grapes, quartered1 tablespoon of blue cheese or feta1/4 cup chopped toasted walnuts (Reserve 2 tablespoons for garnish)Olive oilSalt and pepperDirectionsRinse endive and remove leaves. You should have about 20 individual pieces in a head of endive. In a small bowl, add the cubed pear pieces, quartered grapes, blue cheese, and toasted walnut pieces. Stir to combine ingredients. Drizzle olive oil and season with salty and pepper. Gently toss to coat and check for seasonings. Depending on the ripeness of the pears you may or may not need to add more olive oil. Using a small spoon, evenly divide mixture between the leaves of endive. Top each piece with a sprinkle of reserved toasted walnut pieces. Alternatively, you could fill mixture in small tasting cups to serve.
Next up, we have salad (sort of) …. These Lettuce Wedge Bites pack all the flavor of an iceberg wedge salad, but are in an appetizer-friendly form!
Last but not least, we have Clark’s Snapper Ceviche. Don’t be intimidated by the idea of making ceviche at home … This recipe is so delicious, easy to do, and will certainly impress your guests!
Lettuce Wedge Bites
IngredientsIceberg lettuceGrape tomatoes, sliced 2-3 slices per grape tomatoTurkey bacon, cooked until crispy and crumbledSkewers, cut to a 4" in lengthDirectionsCut iceberg lettuce into chunks. Skewer desired amount of tomatoes onto skewer. Insert skewer into the middle of the iceberg wedge. Top with desired amount of blue cheese dressing and crumbled turkey bacon.For the Blue Cheese Dressing1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese1/3 cup light mayonnaise1/3 cup light sour cream1 small clove of garlic minced1 teaspoon cider vinegarGround black pepperCombine all ingredients into a bowl. If you like a thinner dressing, add 1 tablespoon of milk.
Hope you all enjoy the show!
Women of Today