Being both a dedicated foodie and movie buff, Oscar night is one of my favorite occasions of the year to put on my hostess hat, get pun-y with the menu, and stuff my face with food while starving starlets parade down the red carpet.
Last year I was super negligent and forgot to round-up some Best Picture themed recipes for your Oscar night party. So for 2016, I took it up a notch with a fully coursed menu, full of homemade bear claws, mars bars, Big shortbread cookies, and Irish-Catholic favorites.
Read on for this year’s dishes. And if you want to go with a more abstract cultural theme, feel free to just serve all white foods.
Bridge of Northern Spy Cocktails | Healthy Delicious
The Northern Spy Cocktail is a classic combination of cider, bourbon and ginger. Not only is it delicious, but it’s also the perfect pun for this year’s epic Stephen Spielberg cold war film.
Adding a little Brooklyn to your bar is easy with Brooklyn Brewery’s variety of ales and lagers. You can even mix up some sort of half and half Irish-Italian concoction to play up the movie’s central love affair.
Mini Grilled Cheese Sandwiches | Love and Lemons
Being trapped in a shed with nothing but grilled cheese makings for seven years seems pretty bleak. But luckily, in the world outside Room, there are plenty of ways to gussy up these melted mini sandwiches to make them interesting enough for guests.
I love the idea of making Spotlight-themed canapes using an Irish-catholic staple (mushy peas) and these holy wafers. It might be sacrilegious, but then again, so are the extracurricular activities at the center of the film.
Mad Strammer Max Sandwiches | Nicky and Max
The “Strammer Max” is a classic German sandwich with ham and a fried egg. You can make mini versions of these with some kicked up furious hot sauce on top.
Bangers and Spinach Mash with Cider Onions | Feed Me Phoebe
There’s a lot of Irish blood running through this year’s Oscar pool, so I decided to offer up two entrees based on the theme. If you’re not gluten-free, you can even sub Brooklyn Lager for the cider for a double whammy.
Meatless Lent-il Shepherd’s Pie | Feed Me Phoebe
Oscar night just so happens to overlap with Lent, which is perfect for Spotlight’s Boston Irish Catholic crowd. I love this meatless Shepherd’s pie made with lentils and mushrooms. Here are some other Lent ideas from Food & Wine.
I also like the idea of serving Big Short Ribs.
Bear Claws | Sprinkle Bakes
These aren’t gluten-free, but I couldn’t resist including some Bear Claws for The Revenant, as it was possibly one of the most glorious and terrifying cinematic animal scenes ever.
The Big Shortbread Cookies | Gluten-Free on a Shoestring
For the gluten-free folks, serve up some Big Shortbread or cakes. For extra credit, you can make them in the shape of little houses with subprime mortgages.
Homemade Mars Bars | Iron Whisk
The Martian was an easy target. And if you’re not in the mood to break out these homemade Mars bars, you can simply buy them. You could also add in the Gravitini cocktails I developed for the 2014 Oscars.
Any more clever pun-y ideas for this year’s Oscar night? Please wax poetic in the comments section!