The 2011 Oscar ceremony begins tonight at 8pm eastern standard time on ABC. Want to watch the red carpet? Coverage will begin at 6pm on E!, and at 7pm on the TV Guide channel and ABC. So now you know when to watch, but I’m wondering, what are you going to eat?
Here on the Family Kitchen we’ve got 6 easy, no-cook appetizers you can whip up in minutes. That leaves more time for Oscars fun.
Pinto bean dip
A nutritional powerhouse, this healthy dip goes great with pita, baguette, or veggie sticks. Get our recipe here.
A simple cheese plate with 2 or 3 cheeses, fruit, and crackers is a simple, satisfying appetizer. The addition of fruit can also make the cheese plate into something of a centerpiece–a great plus of you’re entertaining. I like to select a mild hard cheese like Manchego, a soft cheese like brie, and a neutral cheese like cheddar. The real secret to a dynamic fruit plate is heaps of fresh fruit, since cheese tastes even better with an apple slice than with a cracker. Pears, grapes, and crisp apples are all great options. Add some cured meat, like salami or prosciutto, and you’ve nearly got a meal!
This filling snack couldn’t be easier to enjoy. Simple pick your favorite variety, pitted or un-pitted, and serve.
Dates and other dried fruit
Dried fruit is a terrific finger food. Dates, figs, apricots and mangoes are some of my favorites.
Lend your Oscar gathering an air of decadence with the fruit of the gods. Just be sure to serve them with plates–they have high stain potential.
Dried fig and olive tapenade
With a simple list of ingredients, this sophisticated dip is ready in minutes–get our recipe here. Serve with crackers, baguette, or toasted pita triangles.
For more Oscars inspired cooking, check out this round-up of Oscar party foods.