Red Carpet-Ready Recipes for Your Awards Show Viewing Party

And the award for Best Party goes to ... you!

January 4, 2018
cauliflower popcorn
Quentin Bacon

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.

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tea tequila cocktail
Tina Rupp
Tea-Quila Popper Cocktail

No party is complete without cocktails. Kick things off with THE cocktail for ladies' night: the Tea-Quila Popper.

Get the Tea-Quila Popper Cocktail recipe from Wise Cocktails

Sparkling Winter Citrus & Gin Punch
Sparkling Winter Citrus & Gin Punch

This punch will have you seeing the bright lights of Hollywood in no time.

Get the Sparkling Winter Citrus & Gin Punch recipe from Thug Kitchen Party Grub

More: 3 Boozy Ice Cream Recipes For a Dessert Happy Hour

Skinny Pomegranate Bellini
Skinny Pomegranate Bellini

While bellinis are typical Sunday brunch fare, who's to say you can't add these favorite bubbly cocktails to your party menu?

Get the Skinny Pomegranate Bellini recipe from Skinny Chicks Eat Real Food

Hazelnut-Chocolate Hot Toddy
Adrianna Adarme
Hazelnut-Chocolate Hot Toddy

Chocolate + alcohol = fun.

Get the Hazelnut-Chocolate Hot Toddy recipe from The Year of Cozy

Ruby Red Grapefruit Fizz
Erin Scott
Ruby Red Grapefruit Fizz

You can't go wrong when you have a little bubbly on your party menu.

Get the Ruby Red Grapefruit Fizz recipe from Yummy Supper

Heart-Healthy Sangria
Heart-Healthy Sangria

Give your heart some love while enjoying your cocktail.

Get the Heart-Healthy Sangria recipe from The Biggest Loser Cookbook

heirloom tomato toasts
Heirloom Tomato Saucy Toasts

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.

Get the Heirloom Tomato Saucy Toasts recipe from The Kind Mama 

roasted tomatillo salsa and chips
Lauren Volo
Roasted Tomatillo Salsa & Home-Baked Chili-Lime Tortilla Chips

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.

Get the Roasted Tomatillo Salsa & Home-Baked Chili-Lime Tortilla Chips recipe from Cook Yourself Sexy

Pears and Maple-Glazed Pecans With Pecorino Pizza
Christopher Testani
Pecorino Pizza With Pears & Maple-Glazed Pecans

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! 

Get the Pecorino Pizza With Pears & Maple-Glazed Pecans recipe from Truly Madly Pizza

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toasted pumpkin seed dip
Mitch Mandel
Toasted Pumpkin Seed Dip With Sun-Dried Tomatoes

"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."

Get the Toasted Pumpkin Seed Dip With Sun-Dried Tomatoes recipe from Living the Farm Sanctuary Life

crab stuffed portabellas
Crab-Stuffed Portobellos

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. 

Get the Crab-Stuffed Portobellos recipe from Wheat Belly 30 Minute (or Less!) Cookbook

cauliflower popcorn
Quentin Bacon
Roasted Cauliflower Popcorn

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.

Get the Roasted Cauliflower Popcorn recipe from The Family Cooks

bourbon caramel popcorn
Photograph courtesy of Chef David Danielson
Bacon Bourbon Caramel Popcorn

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.

Anna Williams
Browned Butter–Chocolate Chip Cookies

While the stars are strolling the red carpet in their Zac Posen gowns, you can munch on his chocolate chip cookies!

Get the Browned Butter–Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe from Cooking with Zac

pecan pineapple bites
Linda Pugliese
Pecan-Pineapple Bites

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.)

Get the Pecan-Pineapple Bites recipe from Wheat Belly 30 Minute (or Less!) Cookbook

tahini fudge
Thug Kitchen, LLC
Tahini Fudge

Bite-sized desserts make party planning (and clean up) easy. You won't believe how amazing this fudge is.

Get the Tahini Fudge recipe from Thug Kitchen 101

Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies

Don't like raspberry? No problem! Substitute chocolate, lemon curd, orange, or any other fruit or sweet filling.

Get the Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies recipe from Prevention's The Healthy Cook

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chocolate dipped pears
Mitch Mandel
Chocolate-Dipped Pears

No doubt these fancy pears will be voted best dressed. If pears aren't your favorite fruit, substitute for strawberries.

Get the Chocolate-Dipped Pears recipe from Bulletproof: The Cookbook

More: 6 Steps to the Perfect Chocolate-Covered Strawberry

profiteroles salted caramel sauce
Ryan Szulc
Profiteroles With Salted Caramel Sauce

You can't celebrate Hollywood's biggest night without a little decadence.

Get the Profiteroles With Salted Caramel Sauce recipe from The Messy Baker

mini lemon cheesecakes
No-Bake Mini Lemon "Cheesecakes"

These dairy-free alternatives will satisfy everyone, including your vegan and gluten-free friends.

Get the No-Bake Mini Lemon "Cheesecakes" recipe from The Healthy You Diet

cherry chipotle brownies
Ryan Szulc
Deep Dark Cherry & Chipotle Brownies

Tart and smoky flavors in a rich, deep dark chocolate brownie? Sign us up.

Get the Deep Dark Cherry & Chipotle Brownies recipe from The Messy Baker

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