The Oscars are coming up. If you plan on playing the happy host(ess) to this year’s viewing party, you better have a menu planned. That doesn’t mean cutting up fruit, putting out crackers and serving dip from your grocer’s prepared section.
If you want to host a party that even the Academy would recognize, skip the store-bought snacks and try one of these user-submitted recipes from Food 52. They’re so tasty that you’ll be as in-demand as Bruce Vilanch the next time Awards Season rolls around.
1. Creamy Sausage-Stuffed Mushrooms
An updated take on an old family recipe, Creamy Sausage-Stuffed Mushrooms are sure to run out fast. Balsamic gives them just the right sweetness and acidity to contrast the sausage-laced cream cheese stuffing. Serves 15-20 Get the recipe here.
2. Serrano Ham and Manchego Croquetas with Smoked Pimentón Aioli
Discovered by a physician who, along with her husband, celebrated her wedding anniversary with a trip to Spain, these fried hors d’oeuvres are smart because you can prepare them quickly, right before the party. Serves 20-22 Get the recipe here.
3. Spicy Shrimp
When the secret ingredient is Sriracha sauce, you know it can’t get any easier. Combined with olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, sugar and cilantro, Sriracha makes an excellent marinade for shrimp. Serves 16-20 Get the recipe here.
4. Fried Cheesy Pickles
Cheese stuffed pickles are a deep fried delight at any party. Serve them with ranch dressing or Sriracha sauce on the side. Makes 12 pickles Get the recipe here.
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