I have this problem where I revolve a good portion of my life around pop culture and the entertainment world. I see any awards show, reality TV show reunion, series finale, or season premier as an excuse to throw a party. And by “party” I mean I make a whole bunch of food and share a bottle of wine with my friends. Wait, no, we each get our own bottle. So it’s no surprise I’ve been anxiously awaiting The Oscars this weekend. I even penciled it into my agenda. Apparently people use agendas to keep track of homework, and meetings, and stuff…pshyt, gotta remember the biggest awards show of the season. Now, the trick is to have recipes that are quick, simple, and easy to share. It would be a total tragedy if you were busy in the kitchen and missed Jennifer Lawrence trip up the stairs again. But that doesn’t mean you have to pop some frozen pizza rolls in the oven (nothing against pizza rolls, of course). These recipes are as elegant as The Oscars, and surprisingly easy. Perfect for impressing your friends without breakin a sweat. I would suggest preparing the cake balls the day before or the morning of since they’re a little more time consuming, but everything else can be thrown together in about an hour. You’ll have plenty of time to whip up this delish food, pop the bubbly, (maybe even clean the kitchen), and make your bets on who will win Best Picture before the first star hits the red carpet.
Prep Time: 5 mins
2 pears, sliced
6 to 8 thin sliced prosciutto, halved lengthwise
Salt to taste
- Wrap each slice of pear with a piece of prosciutto. Season with a sprinkling of salt.
Thyme and Parmesan Popcorn
Prep Time: 10 mins
1 bag of popped popcorn
2 tbsp melted butter
1 tbsp thyme, finely chopped
2 tbsp parmesan, finely grated
2 tsp garlic powder
- In a large bowl, toss the ingredients in with the hot popcorn.
Fig and Brie Crescent Rolls
Yield: 8 rolls
Prep time: 8 mins
Cook time: 10-12 mins
1 can crescent rolls
8 tbsp fig preserves
8 oz Brie cheese
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
- Spread a tablespoon of fig preserves on each piece of crescent roll dough and place a slice of brie on the widest part of the dough.
- Roll up the crescents and place them on a baking sheet lined with foil.
- Bake the rolls for 10-12 minutes, or until they are golden brown.
Red Velvet Cake Balls
Yield: 45-50 cake balls
Prep time: 2-3 hours
1 box red velvet cake mix
Cream cheese frosting (recipe to follow)
24 oz chocolate almond bark, melted
- Prepare the cake mix according to the package directions. When the cake is done, let it cool and crumble it into a large bowl. Mix in the cream cheese frosting with the cake.
- Using a melon baller or spoon, scoop out and roll the mixture into quarter size balls.
- Place the cake balls on a cookie sheet and chill them in the refrigerator for a couple hours. You can put them in the freezer to speed up the process a little.
- Once they’re chilled, roll each one in the melted chocolate and place them back on the cookie sheet until the chocolate hardens.
Cream Cheese Frosting
4 oz cream chees, softened
4 oz butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
- Beat together the butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer until its blended and creamy.
- With the mixer on low, slowly add in the powdered sugar until its smooth. Mix in the vanilla extract.