Hollywood award season is upon us, which means it's time to gather with your closest crew and celebrate your favorite stars in style. These recipes can rival any catered party planner and will give you the standing ovation you truly deserve. Check out these red carpet-ready recipes you should add to your menu ASAP.
This punch will have you seeing the bright lights of Hollywood in no time.
For a party appetizer, bite-sized tomato toasts make ideal menu additions. And with just a few ingredients, they're proof that delicious food doesn't have to be complicated to make.
If you're craving creamy or cheesy, these mini-pizzas must. Nutritional yeast has a surprising cheese-like flavor, and the tahini and sesame seeds give the whole affair a decadent richness—not to mention vitamin B, calcium, and iron.
You've had it as an appetizer or as a movie snack, but often times, the chips and salsa "preparation" really just consists of tearing open a bag and opening up a can. But not anymore. As with most things, homemade is better, and this recipe proves just that.
The crunchy baked tortilla chips are coated with a chili, salt, and lime combo, and serve as a perfect vehicle for the spicy and grilled salsa. Your guests are sure to be impressed.
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We may want every night to be pizza night, but keeping those calories in check can be one great challenge, especially when it comes to the savory go-to dinner. So welcome this pear, maple-glazed pecan, and pecorino pizza. The sweet pears mix with the crunchy and toasted pecans, and come together on the soft dough. And when it's topped with the sharp pecorino cheese, it's all perfectly delicious!
"This recipe is a subtle take on one of my favorite Mayan dishes called Sikil Pak," says Matteo Silverman, a Sonoma, California–based executive chef of Chalk Hill Cookery. "It is a savory blend of toasted ground pumpkin seeds mixed with a puree of roasted onion, garlic, and sun-dried tomato. Serve with your favorite chips, crackers, sliced veggies, or tortillas. This is the recipe you want to try if you are looking for something new and simple to prepare."
Apart from being beautiful additions to your party platter, mushrooms are tasty, easy to cook with, and downright nutritional superstars with tons of vitamin D to help your body protect itself against diabetes, infections, heart disease, and dementia while also lowering the risk of developing certain cancers. They're also a great meat substitute for any vegetarians attending your event.
It's not a movie (awards) night without the popcorn. Sure, traditional popcorn serves as a decently healthy snack, but when it comes to nutritious bites, nothing beats the nutritional profile of low-calorie, low-carb, high-fiber veggies. But who would want to nosh on vegetables while they're curled up on the couch on movie night? You! If you make this holy-crap-how-can-this-be-so-healthy "popcorn" recipe, that is.
Bacon Bourbon Caramel Popcorn from Chef David Danielson, Executive Chef of the Kentucky Derby
5 quarts plain popped corn (freshly air-popped recommended)
1/2-1 lb thick cut bacon, chopped, fried to just about crispy and well drained
1 cup butter
2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup or 1/2 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3 ounces Woodford Reserve Bourbon
1. Preheat your oven to 250ºF.
2. Melt 1 cup of butter over medium heat. Mix in brown sugar, corn syrup and sea salt and then stir until boiling at the edges. Lower the heat slightly and let boil until the caramel is 250º. Remove from heat and add the baking soda and bourbon. Once fully incorporated, stir in the bacon.
3. Divide the popcorn into two very lightly greased roasting pans and coat with the caramel. Mix well and then put the popcorn into the preheated oven for about 45 minutes to an hour, mixing every 10-15 minutes so the kernels of popped corn is coated in bourbon bacon coating.
4. Once done, pour onto either parchment paper or wax paper to cool and break into pieces.
This recipe combines the health benefits of fruit with traditional dessert flavors and textures, to make for a more balanced after-dinner treat sure to tell your sweet tooth to shut it. (And whoever said finger foods were reserved for appetizers obviously never tried these bite-sized babies.)
No doubt these fancy pears will be voted best dressed. If pears aren't your favorite fruit, substitute for strawberries.