What better way to spice up a party than with some great food from the movies! For the Oscars, it’s an annual tradition around here to create the night’s party menu with food themes from the Best Picture nominees. This year, there was no shortage of food in the nominated movies. From pie in “Hidden Figures” to steaks in “Hell or High Water”, every Best Picture nominee had food somewhere in the storyline. But don’t’ just take the food mentioned literally. Be creative!
So, without delay, here are some creative takes on food themes in this year’s Best Picture movies. Cheers to a great Oscar party menu at your house.
“Manchester by the Sea”
New England clam chowder flatbread bites
Fresh clam | Clam chowder cream | Sliced fingerling potatoes | Caramelized onion | Oyster cracker
WHY THIS FOOD: Well, it is New England and the coastal lifestyle is central.
“Hell or High Water”
West Texas Crostini
Cornbread crostini | Slice grilled flank steak | Blistered green beans
WHY THIS FOOD: Steak was on the menu several times in the movie. The cornbread crostini is a different take on the traditional bite-size bread.
Southern chicken sliders
Butter biscuit | Collard green pesto | Breaded fried chicken
WHY THIS FOOD: There was plenty of chicken mentioned in this movie. Creating a bite-size party food here.
Deconstructed Cuban black beans and rice
Black bean chips | Sofrito rice cake | Bacon bits | Chopped fresh parsley
WHY THIS FOOD: Cuban food played a big part of the movie near the very end.
Tomato basil soup
San Marzano tomatoes | Fresh Genoa basil | Sonoma County cream
WHY THIS FOOD: One of the family dinners was soup. The type was not critical. So, we’re creating a favorite.
Traditional Indian Jalepis
Maida flour | Yogurt | Prepared in ghee (clarified butter)
WHY THIS FOOD: The desire for “a thousand” jalepis brought a huge smile to Saroo’s face. His brother promised to buy them for him at the market. Jalepis would play a critical role for him 25 years later in realizing that he was not “lost” after all.
“La La Land”
Irish coffee jello shot
Irish Whiskey | Bailey’s Irish Cream | Peet’s Dark Roast Espresso
WHY THIS FOOD: The coffee shop and a coffee drink were key. We needed a dessert. So, we spun the coffee theme into a dessert shooter!
Dark Chocolate Paleo cake
Gluten-free | Grain-free | Whipped white chocolate ganache
WHY THIS FOOD: This was the toughest for food themes. The dark chocolate represents the darkness inside the ship. We’ll put a few surprises inside plus we’ll create an alien communication ring on the top.
U.S. Army Field Ration K Supper Unit super protein granola bars
Rolled oats | Protein powder | Chocolate chips
WHY THIS FOOD: Eating on the battlefield is tough. Pre-packaged meals come high in protein. We spun this theme just a bit as well.
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