Easy Oscar-Winning Menu

The Oscars are awarded next Sunday so it’s time to start thinking about your Oscar-Winning Party. One of At Home’s key principles is that you plan ahead and always have one full weekend before your party so that you can spread your tasks. The Awards show begins at 8 PM (Eastern Standard Time) on ABC with the red carpet glamor parade beginning two hours earlier.

Here’s my suggested Easy Oscar-Winning Menu from At Home that will leave you with plenty of time for one relaxed hour prior to guests arrive and catch all of the awards and acceptance speeches. The entire menu (except for the ice cream) is happily served at room temperature. The only item that I would suggest you need to make next Sunday is the Lemon-Garlic Chicken. Cooked chicken is just so much better when it avoids refrigeration after cooking. This is also a very cost-friendly menu.

If you do not yet own a copy of At Home, there’s time to order now and receive your book along with your book owner’s access to At Home Online well in advance of the Oscar’s. Order here.

At Home’s Oscar Easy Menu

As guests arrive…
Pomegranate-Lemon Martini (P.46)
Oscar time definitely calls for some Hollywood sophistication. This Winter Martini is one of four seasonal martinis featured in At Home. You can approach our pitcher-sized recipes two ways. Approach #1: Follow the recipe including the water, pre-chill overnight and just pour into martini glasses.  Better yet, let your pre-mixed martini spend an hour in the freezer to get extra chilled. Approach #2:  Omit the water called for in the recipe and use a martini shaker with ice. Just add the pre-mixed ingredients – sans water – over ice and shake and pour.  Note: This recipe was featured in a prior post.

If you don’t own a set of martini glasses, go out this weekend and buy yourself a set. In addition to serving martinis, serving a first course or dessert in a martini glass makes for a wonderful presentation.  For  a glass that works both for martinis and food, I would suggest a 6 to 8 ounce glass and not fill the glass to the rim when serving a martini as that’s a lot of alcohol!

Out and Around
Garlic-Parmesan or Curry-Spiced Popcorn (P.66)
What would the movies be without popcorn. And it’s very easy to transform ordinary popcorn into a snack altogether more tasty and interesting. See also Thai Popcorn from the original Frog Commissary Cookbook. (P.144)

Za’atar Toasted Pita (P.72) with Tangy Yogurt Dip (P.76)
Za’atar is a Middle Eastern blend of spices. See note on same page to learn more abut za’atar. Straining transforms yogurt into a thick, mellow canvas for aromatics.

Crostini with Slow-Roasted Tomatoes & Garlic (P.82)
Slow-roasting intensifies the flavor of tomatoes, but at this time of year I suggest using ever-flavorful grape tomatoes rather than the larger plum tomatoes that don’t have much flavor this time of year. I’ll test the grape tomato recipe tonight and post it tomorrow.

Deviled Eggs (P.95)
Not unlike Pigs in Blankets, deviled eggs are a guilty pleasure that pleases all.

Dinner Buffet
Lemon-Garlic Chicken Parts (P.158)
This recipe — featured in the Easy Roasts chapter — can happily be served at room temperature. Serve it hot from the oven or make it some time Sunday afternoon and let it sit out until ready to serve. We have made a correction in the online version of this recipe to include 2 lemons in the ingredient list so that you have a lemon to cut into wedges in step 4 of the procedures. Sliced jalapeno adds some mild heat to the classic combination of lemon and garlic.

Nutted Quinoa Salad (P.301)
This is one of my favorite At Home recipes. If you don’t know the grain quinoa, this a very good way to get to know it.

Celery Root & Brussels Sprouts Slaw (P.305)
I love seasonal slaws. They are easy to make and hold up well on a buffet when a dressed leafy salad would wilt. At Home includes recipes for five different slaws.

Dessert
Vanilla Ice Cream served in Crisp Cinnamon Cups (P.422) with Apple Cider Syrup (P.424)
You are certainly encouraged to make one of At Home’s ice creams if you have an ice cream freezer. But you will be happy with the easy combination of these ingredients with good store-bought vanilla ice cream. Easier still is to skip the Crisp Cinnamon Cups, but the cups are simple to make and provide a dressy dessert worthy of the red carpet.

Chocolate Mint Truffle Cookies (P.461)
Something chocolate is a welcome addition to any menu. These cookies – best served warm (you can microwave them) — are from At Home’s baker extraordinaire, Anne Clark. Their “truffle-ness” provides an elegant exclamation to your Oscar-winning party.

Easier still, you be the party’s producer/director. Organize an Oscar Pot Luck by assigning out parts of this menu to your “actors.” At Home Online does not yet have its direct recipe email function up and running, but it is easy to cut and paste a recipe from At Home Online into an email. Whatever you do, best wishes for your Oscar-Winning Party…At Home.

Thank you for visiting.

Steve
Your Home Entertaining Coach

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