The Oscar is the mother of all awards. In fact, the Academy Awards has been called “the Super Bowl of awards shows.” But while you can simply serve some chicken wings and potato chips for a Super Bowl shindig, the Oscars asks you to rise to the occasion. If the only game on your mind this weekend is your hors d’oeuvre game, we have the quick recipes you need to wow your guests. Check out these 11 surprisingly-simple-to-make yet delicious snacks for your Oscars party.
1. Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin Sliders
And the winner for Best Slider is…? You don’t need an envelope to reveal the answer for you—just check out our recipe for Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin Sliders. First seared, then roasted, these humble little bites still know that you like them—you really like them.
2. Spinach and Artichoke Dip
Whenever we make this creamy Spinach and Artichoke Dip at the office, it practically vanishes within minutes. We recommend adding a dash of hot sauce—Sriracha, if you have it handy—to give it a slight bite. Pair with toasted baguette slices or pita chips, and put it out when the show starts. See if it’s still there by the end of the opening monologue.
3. Gold Curry Cashew Mix
What’s a quality snack spread without a bowl of delicious nuts? This Gold Curry Cashew Snack Mix recipe shows you how to perfectly toast cashews while adding the perfect balance of raisins, curry powder, and cayenne pepper. As you debate who will take home the award for best actress, you’ll be glad to have this mix to keep you company.
4. Spicy Tuna Tartare
It’s hard to make a more impressive snack than what this sashimi-grade tuna recipe will get you. Bonus? You can even serve your tartare alongside homemade chips, courtesy of our super-simple baked tortilla chips recipe.
5. Spicy Bacon Guacamole
This more-flavorful-than-your-average-guacamole recipe combines several ingredients for the perfect mixture of spice, bacon, and—of course—avocado. Even if you tell your guests that you’re making homemade guacamole for the Oscars watch, they still won’t see this surprising dish coming.
6. Smashed Potatoes
We kind of had Oscars-partying in mind when we went into our test kitchen and smashed these delicious little Yukon gold potatoes. Take what could be a snack you’d pop without much notice and transform it into a chic, rustic hors d’oeuvre, with this Perfectly Crispy Smashed Potatoes recipe.
7. Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Bowls
Okay, that’s enough of savory—let’s talk dessert. Our answer to Dominique Ansel’s famous Chocolate Chip Cookie Milk Shots, this recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Bowls ensures that the cookie bowl comes out soft and chewy yet strong enough to support a sizable scoop of vanilla ice cream. That wasn’t an easy balance to strike, and we’d like to thank brown sugar for helping us achieve it.