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Deliciously Punny Oscars 2016 Party Menu

By Wendy Ruopp, February 18, 2016 - 3:34pm

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My family hosts an Oscar party every year—even in northern Vermont about as far away from Hollywood as we could be, we're starstruck and red-carpet ready. We like to serve nominee-related food and drink (we don't go full Wolfgang Puck, but we have our moments). The Oscars 2016 nominees are a challenging bunch, edibly speaking, but we'll do our best to recognize the potential winners in pun form while still serving delicious party food. Here are some menu ideas, featuring some favorite EatingWell recipes renamed for the occasion:

Drinks:

We'll offer a dry Martian (martini) and a couple celebrity cocktails:


Cranston Razzy (Cran Razzy; Bryan Cranston, Trumbo)

Tangerine Brooklyn Sidecars (Tangerine Bourbon Sidecars; Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn)

Savories:

Is it Leo's year, for The Revenant? Could be; in any case, it won't be a hardship to pun "capers" for "DiCaprio" and make Tuna-DiCaprio Spread. Here are other recipes to choose from to create a fabulous spread:


Sriracha-Ruffalo Cauliflower Bites (Sriracha-Buffalo Cauliflower Bites; Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight)

Nutty Pimiento Cheese Bales (Nutty Pimiento Cheese Balls; Christian Bale, The Big Short)

Creed Onion Dip (Curried Onion Dip; Sylvester Stallone, Creed)

Mini Brie (Larson) & Apple (Computer) Quiches (Mini Brie & Apple Quiches; Brie Larson, Room, and Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs)

The Hateful 8-Layer Taco Salad (Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight)

Inside-Out Cheeseburgers (for Animated Feature Film)

Sweets:

The Revenant is up for so many awards, I'm sure we'll be hearing about it all night; we'll pick up some bear claws (get it?) to nibble on while the tension mounts. (We'll save some for breakfast the next day, along with Blueberry Danish Girl—good luck, Alicia Vikander & Eddie Redmayne.) Here are some other nominees in dessert form:


The Big Shortbread (5 nominations for The Big Short)

Bridge of Pies (Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies)

Tropical Popcorn Balls with McAdams nuts (macadamia nuts; Rachel McAdams, Spotlight)

Joy Cookies (Jennifer Lawrence, Joy)

When Chris Rock finally says good night, send your guests home with any leftovers—we'll call them "Mad Snacks: Fury Road Trip."

TAGS: Wendy Ruopp, Food Blog

Wendy Ruopp
Wendy Ruopp has been the managing editor of EatingWell for most of her adult life. Although she edits all the recipes for the magazine, her husband does the cooking at home.

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