The Academy Awards are this Sunday, February 26, and you know what that means: it's time to party. There's certainly no shortage of Oscars-themed viewing party recipe and menu ideas. One foolproof strategy is to serve food and drinks that match the themes of the nominated movies; for example, Polynesian-inspired coconut pork and pineapple skewers to match Moana's South Pacific location.
That kind of entertaining requires a little too much thought for us. So instead, we're offering up an assortment of recipes based on some of the nominated movie titles—literally. (Don't worry, we skipped Lion and Nocturnal Animals.) Eat, drink, and cheer on your faves on Sunday with these party appetizers and cocktails.
Nominated for Production Design: Hail, Caesar!
Obviously, a Caesar salad is in order. But shake things up by transforming a traditional salad into Mini Chopped Caesar Salad Cups, a one-bite app you can make ahead of time.
Nominated for Animated Feature Film: My Life as a Zucchini
How do you turn a zucchini into something your Oscars guests will want to eat? Fry it, of course. No one will be able to resist these simple pan-fried Zucchini Fritters.
Nominated for Writing (Original Screenplay): The Lobster
While we'd love nothing better than to serve our guests a platter of straight-up steamed whole lobsters, things might get a little messy. Instead, turn those crustaceans into tasty Lobster Tacos served with a tangy chili-lime slaw and avocado crema.
Nominated for Short Film (Animated): Pear Cider and Cigarettes
Don't worry—we haven't heard of this short either, but we're totally down for some pear cider. You can make Pear Cider from scratch (this recipe is booze-free, but would work great with a splash or dark rum or bourbon). Or you can find bottled versions, too.
Nominated for Documentary (Feature): OJ: Made in America
It's not really a party unless margaritas are involved. In honor of our country's most, um, notorious football player, serve up some Orange Mango Margaritas made with orange juice, mango juice, tequila, and Triple Sec. A salted honey rim adds that essential sweet and savory contrast.
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