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Oscar Party Menu: Recipes Inspired by The 2014 Best Picture Nominees

Margherita Pizza

We’re so excited for the 86th Academy Awards, we decided to create the ultimate Oscar party menu. Each recipe is below is inspired by one of the Best Picture nominees. Whether you base your menu on your favorite nominees, or pick the recipes you’d like to try, serving these dishes at your own Oscar-themed party is a win-win!

Haven’t seen all of the films nominated? Take it easy on movie night and just enjoy the paired recipe as you catch up.

Fried Olives

American Hustle – We’re throwing our fake British accent out the window in favor of these Fried Olives Stuffed with Sweet Italian Sausage. They’re so simple to make; you won’t even need to know how to use a microwave.

Nebraska – Strike it rich with this delicious introduction to the Cornhusker State. We’re talking Cornbread Tartlets. The fresh Ricotta and Tomatoes are just the cherry heirlooms on top.

SamosasCaptain Phillips – Somalian Samosas typically have minced meat in them, but you can just pirate some… Enjoy these Vegetable Samosas with your afternoon tea, and we guarantee a more relaxing experience than Captain Philips had.

The Wolf Of Wall Street – Take advantage of your new-found wealth and go big with this rich Mac n Cheese recipe. Lobster and crab are sure to make this a better meal than your favorite blue box.

Asparagus StrataPhilomena – If you think omelets are great, you’ll flip over this eggy dish. With more substance than your average omelet, possibly because it’s not an omelet, our recipe for Asparagus Strata with Leeks makes the perfect breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner (if you’re bold).

Her – On the cutest date involving an OS we’ve ever seen, Theodore closes his eyes and asks for “cheese, please.” Upgrade your slice with our Margherita Pizza Recipe.

Steak RecipeDallas Buyers Club – When we think of Texas, we think steak, and Ron’s dinner date with Dr. Eve doesn’t disappoint. This T-bone Steak recipe is the perfect way to live rich and eat well while you can.

12 Years A Slave – Grab some berries (make sure they’re juicy!) and whip up a fantastic Seasonal Fruit Potpie. This sweet treat will be something to write home about.

Banana SoufflesGravity – Defy gravity with this light and fluffy Banana Soufflé recipe. Should you ever find yourself lost in space, this delicious dish might just haunt your dreams.

Indulge in the Ultimate “Forbidden” Recipe: Forbidden Rice Pudding with Mango

Eating candy for dinner. Jumping on the bed. Dating that guy with all those tattoos and a motorcycle. There were plenty of things we were forbidden from doing growing up. Now that we’re all adults here, we can finally start indulging in a few “forbidden fruits”. Take this delectable dessert, for example. Fresh from our Spring Menus, we’re bringing you a dessert that’s just the right amount of wrong. I’m talking a vegan, gluten free, just-sweet-enough, Forbidden Rice Pudding.

We had the privledge of sampling this recipe at a recent Cookbook Club, and let my tell you: YUM. It had me feeling like I had escaped the office for a tropical Spring Break vacation.

Forbidden Rice Pudding with Mango and Toasted Sesame Praline
This recipe can be found in our Dessert Recipe Library

Rice Pudding:
1 1/2 cups black sticky rice, rinsed
2 1/4 cups water
2 1/2 cups canned or fresh coconut milk
1/2 cup palm sugar, or substitute brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon lime zest

Praline and Mango Topping:
Nonstick spray (or a silicon mat works great)
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup water
Pinch of cream of tartar
3/4 cup white sesame seeds
1 ripe mango, sliced
Mint sprigs for garnish (if desired)

Make Rice: Place the rice and water in a heavy pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, let the rice boil vigorously for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. After 10 minutes, cover, turn heat to low, and cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until tender but still al dente.

Heat Coconut Milk: Place the coconut milk in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the sugar, salt and lime zest and stir until sugar is completely dissolved and milk is hot. Increase heat and boil milk until reduce by half. Divide the reduced milk into two, half to finish the rice and half to be used as a sauce.

Add Milk to Rice: When the rice has cooked, pour half of the reduced milk into the rice pot. Stir rice pudding and simmer, uncovered, until the liquid is absorbed. Turn off flame and set aside until ready to serve.

Make Caramel: Spray a sheet pan and an offset spatula with nonstick spray or line pan with a silicon mat. Set aside. Combine sugar, water and cream of tartar in a saucepan. DO NOT STIR. Bring to a boil and cook until the sugar starts to just turn light gold. At this point, with a heat proof rubber spatula or wooden spoon, gently mix in the sesame seeds. Cook the mixture just until the sesame seeds start to toast. Immediately turn mixture out onto the prepared pan. Quickly spread mixture out as thinly as possible using the oiled offset spatula. Let praline cool completely. Once cool, break the praline into large shards for plated desserts or small shards if you are making mini desserts.

Prepare Mangoes: Peel the mangoes. Slice the mango flesh off the pit as cleanly as possible. Lay each mango half flat and slice crosswise, then, cut the slices into small dice.

Assemble: Divide the pudding between the serving vessels. Pro Tip: This dessert looks awesome in wine glasses or old fashion glasses! Drizzle the tops of the rice with the coconut milk sauce. Evenly divide the mango on top and garnish with a shard of the sesame praline and sprig of mint (optional). Serve warm or at room temperature.

Serves 12

Recipe adapted by Parties That Cook® | from Hot Sour Salty Sweet, 2000.