Recipes: Oscar-inspired food fit for watch parties
BY NICOLE MARSHALL MIDDLETON World Scene Writer
Friday, February 22, 2013
2/22/13 at 6:59 AM
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Let’s face it, no one wants to eat
a five-course meal while they
watch the Oscars.
It’s all about finger foods, fabulous
Many movies nominated this year
don’t really inspire the taste buds —
Les Miserables, for example, or Lincoln.
But there were a few that stood
out as obvious choices to build a meal
Here they are, with recipes following.
1. Fresh Guacamole (short film, animated)
I’ll give you one guess what snack
this movie suggests. The theme of this
short stop-motion animation movie
is transforming familiar objects into
fresh guacamole. It’s not a cooking
how-to, but guacamole is always a
good idea, nonetheless.
2. Snow White and the Huntsman (costume
design, visual effects)
The apple is the obvious symbol
of Snow White, so consider serving
a dish featuring apples — like Mini
(Poison) Apple and Brie Tarts. It’s
a nod to the plot of this grown-up,
action-adventure version of Snow White.
3. Silver Linings Playbook (eight
nominations, including best picture and
This film, staring Bradley
Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence,
takes place in Philadelphia.
Ergo, Philly cheeseteaks.
We opted for a mini version
of the cheesesteak sandwich
made into sliders because a
full-sized sandwich might just
overindulge your Oscar guests
considering there are other offerings
to nosh on.
4. Frankenweenie (animated feature
So many cocktail weenie options,
so little time.
For simplicity’s sake, let’s
stick with Bacon Wrapped
Weenies because every party
5. The Life of Pi (11 nominations,
including best picture)
We doubt anyone is going to
turn down mini chocolate pies,
even if it’s not exactly what the
title of the movie implies.
Little pies make a fun finger
food, and it’s easy, and fun, to
lose count while eating them.
APPLE AND BRIE TARTS
2 packages (8 ounces each) refrigerated
seamless crescent dough
2 small green apples, very thinly
2 tablespoons brown sugar, divided
2 tablespoons butter, divided
½ teaspoon cinnamon, divided
6 ounces Baby Brie
Flour (for rolling)
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Line a sheet pan with parchment
paper or a Silpat.
2. Lightly sprinkle counter or cutting
board with flour. Unroll the
crescent dough sheets and place
on the flour. Cut each into 8
squares. Don’t worry if they’re
not perfectly shaped.
3. Cut Brie into 16 pieces. Place a
slice of Brie and 3 apple slices in
the middle of each of the squares.
Sprinkle each with cinnamon and
brown sugar and top with a pat
4. Brush the border of each pastry
with egg wash and fold 2 opposite
corners to the center, brushing
and overlapping the corners
of each pastry firmly so they stick
together. Brush the top of the
pastries with egg wash. Place the
pastries on the prepared sheet
pan, and bake about 20 minutes,
rotating the pan once during
baking. Pastries are done when
they are puffed and brown. Serve
— adapted from Pillsbury
1 pound bacon, any kind (maple-flavored
1 package cocktail smoked sausage
1 pound light brown sugar (you can use
more if you like)
1 box of round toothpicks
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray
9by-13-inch cake pan with nonstick
2. Open package of bacon and cut entire
slab into thirds. Wrap a third of
a slice of bacon around each cocktail
weenie and secure with toothpicks.
Place each bacon wrapped weenie
in cake pan, making sure to crowd
3. Liberally cover weenies with brown
sugar, leaving only the toothpicks
exposed. Place weenies in hot
oven. Every 10 minutes or so, baste
weenies with sugar/bacon grease
mixture and break up any lumps of
4. Continue until sugar is completely
melted and bacon is thoroughly
cooked. About 30-40 minutes.
When serving, be sure to drizzle
sugar/bacon grease over weenies
and on the platter.
— adapted from food.com
MINI CHOCOLATE PIES
1 box frozen prepared mini pie crusts
For the filling:
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 cups heavy whipping cream, divided
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Shaved chocolate, chocolate sauce,
sprinkles or cherries for garnish, if
1. Cook crusts according to directions,
set aside to cool.
2. Place the chocolate chips and ¾ cup
of the heavy whipping cream into a
medium-sized microwave safe bowl.
Heat the chips and cream in repeated
30-second increments on half power,
whisking well in between, until the
cream has been fully incorporated
into the melted chocolate. The mixture
should be smooth and glossy. Let
cool to room temperature.
3. As the chocolate cools, whip the
remaining 1¼ cup of cream with the
powdered sugar and vanilla until
soft peaks form. Fold 2 cups of the
whipped cream into the cooled
chocolate mixture until combined; reserve
the remaining whipped cream.
Transfer the mousse to a large piping
bag or zip-top bag. Snip off the bottom
corner off the bag with scissors,
and then gently squeeze the mousse
into the cooled pie shells. Top with
the remaining whipped cream and
— adapted from
PHILLY CHEESESTEAK SLIDERS
1 sirloin steak
Hawaiian Rolls (or potato
rolls — dinner size)
1 large onion, sliced thinly
Red or green pepper (about
Salt and pepper
4 tablespoons olive oil
Salt, pepper and garlic powder
Provolone cheese or Cheese
1. Freeze steak for 30 minutes,
then remove and
slice as thinly as possible
(or have your butcher slice
it). Salt and pepper steak
2. Heat frying pan or griddle
to medium-high heat and
add half olive oil. Sear
steak pieces in pan until
browned and done on
both sides. This happens
very quickly (one to two
3. Take meat out, set aside.
Heat remaining oil in pan,
4. Heat Cheese Whiz in
microwave if using. Assemble
3 avocados — peeled, pitted and
1 lime, juiced
1 teaspoon salt
¼ cup diced onion
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
2 Roma (plum) tomatoes, diced
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 pinch ground cayenne pepper (optional)
1. In a medium bowl, mash together the
avocados, lime juice and salt. Mix in
onion, cilantro, tomatoes and garlic.
2. Stir in cayenne pepper. Refrigerate
1 hour for best flavor, or serve immediately.
— adapted from allrecipes.com
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Mini chocolate pies inspired by Academy Award nominee “Life of Pi” CHRISTOPHER SMITH/ Tulsa World
Get a taste of Philadelphia, the setting for Oscarcontender “Silver Linings Playbook,” with these PhillyCheesesteak Sliders. CHRISTOPHER SMITH/ Tulsa World