Oscar’s Party

Grilled and Chilled Asparagus-Skewered Shrimp With Almond Vinaigrette

Oscar’s Party

Birdman, Boyhood, American Sniper, Selma, Whiplash, The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything… Bradley Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch, Meryl Streep, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawk… the level of talent represented in this year’s Academy Awards Nominations is amazing!  It’s difficult to pick a favorite or to predict the winners, but it’s fun to watch the show.  I’d like to share a couple of appetizer recipes from my book that are a snap to put together and will be a dazzling addition to your Oscar’s party menu.

So, you have limited time to prepare a whole menu for your Oscar’s Party?  But you also want to put out a somewhat elegant and impressive spread? You certainly want to enjoy your party and not spend the entire party cooking, right?    Here’s the plan- buy the best quality prepared foods that you can serve at room temperature: antipasti, vegetable/legume salads, charcuterie and cheese, sushi, sliced beef or pork tenderloin, poached salmon or pâté with sauces, mustards, relishes and rolls, and then fill in with some homemade, handcrafted hors d’eouvres.  Wow your friends with Grilled and Chilled Asparagus-Skewered Shrimp with Almond Vinaigrette and Spring Roll-Style Ginger-Marinated Pulled Chicken with Mushrooms. The shrimp skewers should be made in advance and chilled. Welcome your friends to the party with a platter of the Shrimp Asparagus Skewers and a flute of champagne.  The spring rolls should not be rolled in advance, but all of the prep should be done prior to the party.  Set out bowls and plates of the fillings and sauces and create a “roll your own spring roll” station.  You can make the crepes ŕ la minute if you have an open kitchen and your friends are gathered around or make them just before your guests arrive, keeping them wrapped and warm.  Invite everyone to come over 30-60 minutes before the awards start so everyone can have a drink, catch up and eat something before the show starts.  Lay out all of the purchased prepared foods before guests arrive, so your are not scrambling , you are enjoying your party, the food is readily available and you are watching the show!

Often your guests will bring a bottle of wine or liquor to contribute to the party. Make sure to put out their contribution, but also make sure you have an ample amount of beer, wine, liquor and ice, appropriate mixers, bar fruit and garnishes at the ready.

Fire it up!

Chef Eric

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