Our Oscars Menu
We love the Academy Awards. We watched with a couple friends, and made so much yummy food. Whether it’s just the two of us watching, a few of us, or many, we make a lot. And, everything goes with a movie.
(Wine, Cheese and Crackers)
Midnight in Paris
(Homemade cheese sauce, homemade Kettle Corn, Lemonade and Beer.)
(Aren’t the signs awesome!? Husband did all of them!)
(Beef and Caper Crostini – Thank you Elizabeth for this amazing recipe!)
The Iron Lady
(Olives, ya, maybe weird, but I wanted to have olives.)
Cupcakes with heart frosting
(Thanks, Joanna! She has aÃ‚ photo on her blog.)
“Black and Whites”
(Espresso over vanilla ice cream.)
(Thanks, Drew and Sarah!)
Mozzarella and Tomatoes with Balsamic Vinegar
(Made by Sarah.)
Some Italian movie that I don’t remember the name of
(With caramelized pineapple and leeks.)
The Hawaiian Sliders and the Protein Ladies were the most fun to make. I’m trying out some organic beef from TX Bar Organics, and we did a blind taste test with the crostini, comparing some made with conventional beef, others with organic, and just tasted the sliders to see if we liked them. We did. And, in the taste test, the organic beef won. Even the vegetarian agreed! (She ate it by choice, she was not forced!)
The sliders were simple to make, and really yummy. I’ll share my recipe with you, so you can make them for your next event, or just for dinner tonight!
- 1/2 lb ground beef (I used organic)
- to taste, Tropical Pepper Sea Salt
- 1 t lemon juice
- drizzle olive oil (I used Bari Organic Olive Oil)
- 1-2 leeks, cut into rounds (and washed)
- 4 slices pineapple, cut into thirds
- 2 T honey
- 1 C pineapple juice
- 6 Hawaiian sweet rolls, halved
- dijon mustard, for serving
- Over medium heat, cook leeks with honey. Once they start to caramelize, add pineapple to one side of the pan. Flip pineapple once, when it starts to caramelize on one side. When the other side is caramelized, remove from pan.
- Add pineapple juice to leeks. Turn heat to med-high, and reduce until it’s all absorbed.
- Mix beef, salt, lemon juice and olive oil.
- Heat pan, add a drizzle of olive oil. When it’s hot, add burgers. Cook over med-heat, about 5 minutes. Flip, cover, cook about 5 minutes more, or until internal temperature reaches 160F.
- Serve each slider on a Hawaiian roll, topped with two pineapple slices, a spoonful of leeks, and a bit of Dijon mustard.
(I can’t believe I don’t have a photo of these… Actually, I can. We ate them as soon as they came out of the pan. Sorry. You’ll have to make them for yourself to see what they look like! :))