Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner
Treat your guests with thoughtful party foods that celebrate the best films of the year.
2013 Oscar Movie-Themed Recipes
- Lemongrass and Garlic Shrimp, Life of Pi
In this epic quest from India to Canada, Pi must overcome trials and adversity with the help of an unexpected companion in order to survive after a tragic shipwreck. Perfect as a party appetizer, the name of the seafood in this dish is a clever play on the tiger that joins Pi while he is stranded at sea.
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- Apple-Toffee Hand Pies, Lincoln
Known for being a simple eater and avoiding foods with much frill, Lincoln enjoyed snacking on apples, and we love that these individual apple pies are simple, tasty, and easy to serve at a large Oscar gathering.
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- Triple-Chocolate Cake, Silver Linings Playbook
In this story, main character Pat needs all the help he can get to stay ahead after being released from a mental institution. Our “mind-boosting” cake might be just the trick and will definitely blow the minds of your guests with its rich flavors and textures.
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- Fried Catfish with Hush Puppies and Tartar Sauce, Beasts of the Southern Wild
The fiercest little girl you’ve ever seen, lead character Hushpuppy—a role which earned 9-year old Quvenzhané Wallis an Oscar nomination—goes on an unexpected journey after a devastating storm hits her home in Louisiana. Rooting for Beasts on Sunday? Serve our favorites from the bayou: Fried catfish with hush puppies, of course.
View Recipe: Fried Catfish with Hush Puppies and Tartar Sauce
- Mississippi Mud Pie, Django Unchained
All is fair in love and war, at least as far as Django is concerned in this tale of slavery and heartbreak. In honor of his journey to Mississippi to rescue his wife, we deem this Mississippi Mud Pie to be the perfect dessert to celebrate such a wonderful film.
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- Scottish Shortbread from Sunset, Brave
This animated film is great for kids and adults alike, telling the story of Princess Merida as she tries to define her own independent path in life. She exhibits great bravery in her quest to right her wrongs and would deserve a treat as savory as shortbread for her valiant efforts.
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- Baguette, Les Misérables
Set in 19th-century France, Les Mis tells the tale of desperation, love, heartache, and triumph in a compelling interpretation of Victor Hugo's epic story. Bake a homemade French baguette worth stealing and serve with butter as a snack for guests.
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- Classic Dry Martini, Skyfall
There's nothing James Bond likes more than a martini "shaken, not stirred" in his quest to defeat the antagonist of the moment. Our version varies slightly, but remains reminiscent of the Hollywood cocktail and is perfect to serve to guests throughout your viewing party.
View Recipe: Classic Dry Martini