Oscar-worthy Appetizers

In honor of Oscar’s Week, food writer and self-acclaimed foodie, Blake Daniels, is sharing some Oscar-worthy recipes for your next gathering!

Hustle Up Some Grub It’s Show Time

   I’ve never hosted on Oscars party before, but this time I’ve been inspired. American Hustle was an epic movie with everything I love—70s hair and clothes, con artists, bribes, corrupt politicians, romance and intrigue to boot! What more could a guy ask for? It was awesome. So this year, in order to see how many awards it racks up, I’m going to be hosting a party for all my and my wife’s friends.

I’m living my own American hustle every day: I’m a stay-at-home dad, so I’m running around with the kids, from the park to the grocery store to piano lessons to swim class at the Y, and I’m always busy. My life is nothing like that ‘70s hustle Irving and Sydney had going. I want my party to really have some of that hustle spirit, though, so I’ve got some sweet hustlin’ foods reminiscent of the ‘70s to rock everyone’s world.

Choc Fondue  In keeping with the theme I thought a vote and ballot box would be perfect to bring another touch of the Oscars to the party. As a reward for voting I wanted to put something sweet next to the ballot box. After some searching I found the perfect thing. Novelty berries all dressed to the 9’s from Shari’s should fit in with the evening. Tuxedo Berries

Now onto the food!

One of my favorite dishes that my mom used to make whenever we had company when I was little was deviled eggs. They always looked beautiful and tasted crazy delicious—it was such a treat when she made them. I will definitely be serving up some of these bad boys along with the appetizers at my party on Sunday.

Another one of my all-time favorites from the ‘70s is pigs in a blanket. My grandma used to make them whenever we came over to her house. We’d snuggle up on the couch, watch some TV, and snack on pigs in a blanket. I’m going to do something a little innovative with my take, though—check out these tasty babies by Guy Fieri. Pigs in a blanket are great, but add some spice and it’ll really kick it up a notch in the deliciousness department. I can’t wait to try this recipe out.

Now here’s one I’ve always wanted to try, but have never indulged in: Welsh rarebit. The toasted bread, the creamy, cheesy savory sauce—it’s right up my alley. I’m going to make little individualized toasted bits of French bread, and smother them in sauce. I think this will be super tasty, though maybe a little messy…Welsh Rarebit

What’s a party without some phenomenal desserts? I’ll only be serving one dessert on Oscars night, but it’s one of my go to dishes: fondue. Nothing feels more luxurious and decadent than enjoying a pot of chocolaty goodness with your friends and family. I’m going to try out Rachel Ray’s recipe—it’s about my speed (Level: Easy), and I love watching her cook. I’m thinking some angel food cake, marshmallows, bananas, and apples would be some great dippers for it.

I am excited to see how this whole thing plays out and how the guests enjoy it. What would you do if you were to host an Oscar Party?

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