Where will you be during the hours preceding the 2018 Oscars? If your answer involves a couch, the red carpet, and some snacks, then you have come to the right place. These crowd-pleasing snacks are here to power you through the best-dressed commentary all the way to best picture.
Old-school cheese balls are making a comeback, and for good reason. Mild cream cheese is amped up with the addition of sharper cheeses, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, and herbs and then rolled in crunchy things like nuts, bacon, or crushed crackers. Serve it with celery and carrot sticks — or your favorite buttery crackers.
Elevating deviled eggs with pimento cheese and pecans is a bold and brilliant move — just the kind of upgrade you want when watching the Oscars. Rich egg yolks are folded into mayo, shredded sharp cheddar cheese, chopped red pepper, and finished with just a splash of hot sauce. The filling is stuffed back into the eggs and topped with a final scatter of pecans.
These are very vegetable-focused fritters, but then again, they are fried until they're crisp and lacy, so they have an easy elegance about them. They don't have to be served hot, so you can make them in advance and give 100 percent of your attention to the red carpet! Just don't forget to whip up a great sauce to serve with them.
These crispy-on-the-outside, rich-and-creamy-on-the-inside fries could almost go in the healthy category — they're baked in the oven and made with good-for-you avocado. But at the same time, there's something quite decadent about them that puts them squarely into the dressed-up snacks camp.
What more could you ask for on Oscar night than the beyond-your-wildest-dreams mash-up of shredded potatoes and sauerkraut, deep-fried to golden-crispy perfection? These cute little tots are meant to serve two, but we know that "serves two" really means "serves one," right?
Taco dip may seem more Super Bowl Sunday than red carpet, but we're including it here to inject a nice, down-home dose of reality into the evening. Besides, we like to think bringing together layers of refried beans, shredded cheddar, and sour cream is award-worthy as well.
Because the base is made with packaged puff pastry, this classy tart only looks difficult and expensive. The butternut squash, usually a difficult vegetable to peel and cut up, is simply and swiftly sliced into fine ribbons using a peeler. So much beauty for so little effort!
Nuts are a wholesome snack, but they can get a little boring and repetitive. Not so with these lively cashews! An intriguing mix of various peppers and salts make these little morsels a wild mix of fruity, sharp, umami, spicy, and just plain irresistible.
This lovely appetizer features roasted vegetables, so it has a nice, nutritious starting point. Gluten-free people can switch out the croutons for your usual bread substitute and Hali offers some non-dairy solutions for the ricotta cheese if that's important. Assemble it all together and enjoy!
These energy bars, made simply of almonds, dried cherries, and dried dates, are chewy and nutty and naturally sweet. Cut them into smaller squares and serve them with toothpicks for a fancier, Oscar-worthy presentation.
A snack board is simply a mini-smorgasbord designed to keep you grazing on healthy things like lots of fresh vegetables and fresh nuts (cheese optional!). This concept offers you four snack boards to choose from, but of course they don't have to be followed to the letter — assemble your own favorite red-carpet snack board and dig in.
Is there anything the chickpea cannot do? We think very little. In this case, it soaks up all sorts of succulent flavors and spice while crisping up in just a wee bit of oil in a very hot oven. Chickpea magic! And perfect for when you want a little spicy crunch.
Okay, so mascarpone is pretty rich, but most of this dip is puréed peas, plus some mint, lemon, and garlic, so the balance tips towards austerity rather than decadence. Besides, this is obviously a crudité-style dip, so you'll be consuming lots of carrot and celery sticks in the process, which always evens things out in the end.
Ignore the name — these light and delicious rolls can be made year-round. They're basically a salad in a wrapper and their beautiful presentation is perfect for Oscar night. Invite some friends over early to roll them up and have a red-carpet contest for the prettiest one!