It’s Academy Awards time again! Which means it’s time to plan for an unforgettable Oscar’s party! What better way to celebrate the glitz and glam of some incredibly powerful movies by some of the best names in the business than by creating an appetizer menu to reflect said movies.
My friend and fellow blogger Haley at Cheap Recipe Blog had the wonderful idea of creating a themed party based on all the movies that were nominated for Best Picture. You can see the last years’ links here and here. The premise is that each blogger is given (or chooses) a movie and told to create an appetizer or dessert that reflected the movie in one way or another.
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The Shape of Water
This year my movie is The Shape of Water, by Guillermo del Toro- one of my favorite directors of all time! Like all of his movies, it’s crazy, but incredible. Watch the trailer to learn what it’s about and the movie to see it all!
While it may seem to be a bit rude to choose an appetizer that has fish in it, considering the subject of the movie, I wanted to pick something that was symbolic of a “bagged lunch”. Something she would have brought with her to work and eaten with him, and deviled eggs just didn’t quite work for me (it’s been done too many times!)
Tuna Fish and Avocado Appetizer
I figured tuna fish sandwiches are a pretty easy brown-bag lunch staple, so turned that idea into an appetizer.
I used a high end canned tuna fish, which you can purchase here, as the tuna fish base. For one, it’s sustainably caught, and for two the flavor is so much better! There’s just something delicious about food that’s been carefully caught and processed, rather than mass produced (but that’s a rant for another day- I’m being insensitive to the fishman!)
The olive oil was actually a garlic olive oil (purchase here) which just made the flavor just slightly more robust, but is definitely not a requirement. Adding in avocado makes the mixture smooth and just that much more flavorful. Garlic salt then helps pull out the flavors (and add in some more garlicky goodness)
Lastly, I used cayenne pepper because I love a hint of heat in everything I eat, but it’s plenty good without it. So if heat isn’t your thing, leave it out.
Top the dip on top of your favorite crackers- did someone say Jalapeño crackers!? and serve with all your other apps for a delicious night of movie fun!
Academy Awards Appetizer Party
Now I promised an Oscar’s Party- which means recipes for most of the movies!
Here is a list of all my other blogging friends who made recipes to correspond with a movie nominee. Try them all and let me know which was your favorite!
Call Me By Your Name: Peach Focaccia from Kara of K&R Adventures
Phantom Thread: Mushroom Toasts from Haley of Cheap Recipe Blog