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Tonight's the night! Oscar 2013... a fun evening to have some friends over to watch the awards.
Didn't plan haead for a party for Oscar Night? It's not too late to put together a great little party.
How about a nice little gathering with bite sized appetizers… depending on where you live will affect what you might want to serve…. for those on the east coast in the US… Oscars come late in the evening… so bite-sized hors’dourves might just be the ticket.
You might also want to end the evening with a small tray of sweets too…. a little something to serve with tea or coffee….
When planning a menu keep in mind the “do-ahead” factor….. preparing ahead is key… after all.. you don’t want to be slaving in the kitchen missing all the fun.
Consider completing preparing ahead your selection of appetizers and simply saving the baking step for last.
Consider oven temperatures and baking times when choosing which appetizers to make.
Quantities will depend on a number of factors… things to think about… time the party starts… number of people and of course budget.
If you’re starting late… then I figure they’ve already eaten something before coming ….even if it was light….. and this will be considered extra munchies for them….
I like to serve a variety of about 6 different kinds of appetizers…. figure about 6 pieces per person….
I also make sure to have a vegetable or fruit tray with dips…. and one chip and dip item… one or two small choices of sweets to end the evening.
If the festivities are starting a bit earlier… then one of the appetizer/hors’dourves will be substantial…. such as Stromboli or Ham and Cheese Puff Pastry Squares…. or Sweet and Spicy Cocktail Meatballs.
For a very late starting party…. I would consider a very light munch…. a cheese tray perhaps with wine…. and coffee and tea with an assortment of 2-3 small desserts or baked items….
For more ideas see the Party Planning for past party planning posts…. see the Appetizer and Hors’dourves label for more recipes…. Desserts and Cake labels for those recipes…..
And don't forget my Coffee and Tea Buying Guide for a Crowd and Tips for Making Coffee and Tea for a Crowd.
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Here are some ideas to get you started thinking…. I’ve included baking temperatures and times where applicable to help you sort them out…
Baked Finger Foods... that can be prepared ahead and final baking just before serving:
Mini Spinach and Bacon Quiches... Bake at 375 degrees F for 25 minutes.
Tiny Ham and Pineapple Pot Pies... These are just adorable! Bake at 425 degrees F for 10-12 minutes.
Taco Bites... Bake at 375 degrees F for 8 minutes.
Lil Smokies in a Blanket…. Bake at 375 degrees F for 11-15 minutes.
Tomato Basil Pesto Tartlets... Bake at 375 degrees F for 8-10 minutes.
Crab Stuffed Mushrooms... Bake at 375 degrees F for 15 minutes.
Easy Boursin Stuffed Mushrooms... Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes.
These foods can be baked somewhat ahead and served warm or at room temperature:
Raspberry Brie Tarts
Spinach Cheese Puff Pastry Swirls
More Substantial Foods:
Ham and Cheese Puff Pastry Squares
Stromboli…. is a perfect choice…. you can prepare one or more ahead… slice it and serve at room temperature… you can vary the ingredients between the different Strombolis.
Italian Spinach Bacon and Cheese Sandwiches…. these sandwiches can be made with small party bread…. perfect snack or horsdourves size…. the smaller size will eliminate the need for a fork and a knife…. they will require use of the oven… but you can bake them first… before foods that take longer… and serve them at room temperature
Mini Ham and Swiss Party Sandwiches…. I just posted this today… they’re quick and easy and can be made completely ahead… and won’t break the bank… don’t like Ham and Swiss? … make any combinations of meats and cheeses you want…. salami and provolone… turkey and pepper jack cheese….you can even make tuna melts… just make the tuna salad and use whatever cheese you want … be creative!
Sweet and Spicy Cocktail Meatballs
Classic Swiss Fondue
Requires no cooking or baking and can be made completely ahead:
Boursin Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes
Fruit Tray with Dips... try a terrific Yogurt Sauce
Vegetable Tray with Dips... Try a Ranch Spinach Dip
Chips or Crackers and Dip...
|Corned Beef Bread Dip - an unlikely combination that will surprise you.. just delicious!|
|Spinach and Artichoke Dip - a quick and easy recipe|
Bite-Sized Fruit Pies
Linzer Torte Bars
This quick and easy recipe for Blueberry Cornbread is the best you will ever eat..... honest!
Did you know most "blueberry" mixes don't contain actual blueberries?? Now why would you make them when you can make this recipe and know that you have wonderful lucious real blueberries in it.
This looks great and tastes great... perfect for breakfast... I make it on the weekend or at the beginning of a week.. so I have a quick breakfast weekdays.... sooo yummy!
Having guests?.... maybe a brunch get-together?... this is a perfect recipe for any occasion... a no-fail delicious accompaniment to any breakfast.
This recipe is a version of my Sweet Cornbread recipe.... it's is light and airy and moist… the cranberries add a little tartness to the sweetness of the corn bread.. a winning combination!.... oh and did I mention how easy it is to make?
Here’s the easy part.. it uses a cake mix and two Jiffy Corn Muffin mixes… yep.. it’s that easy… just a little tweak of the other ingredients and you have a wonderfully Sweet Cornbread... now add cranberries ... and well.. it's over the top with flavor!
First let’s talk about the size.. this makes a 9 x 13 pan of cornbread….about double the size of most cornbreads… notta a problem.. for sure… it will disappear.. trust me.
I use milk… fat free (skim milk) instead of the water in the recipe… my Butter Recipe cake mix box lists 2/3 of a cup water and each of the Jiffy Corn Muffin mixes list 1/3 of a cup milk… but that is really too much liquid altogether… 1 cup is enough.
If you substitute a yellow cake mix…I recommend that you still use the 1 cup of milk… and use the fat free milk because it has a consistency closer to water than the other milks.
I found it mixes best if you mix the Butter Recipe Cake mix and the soften butter and eggs first… using a hand mix on low… add the milk.. beat with the hand mixer…. Then add the Jiffy Cornbread mixes and mix with a spoon by hand.. if you just add everything as some other recipes tell you… you end up with small (and some large) butter clumps… which are a pain to disperse… and you end up over mixing the cornbread mix.
In a small bowl, toss the blueberries in about 1-2 tablespoons flour... just enough to coat them... this will help keep them all from sinking to the bottom... some will still sink but most will stay throughout the bread.
Baking times vary… I used 9 x 13 baking dish… I baked it a total of 45 minutes… which is about 5 minutes longer than my plain cornbread... I imagine the blueberries added a bit of moisture as they baked....
I baked my cornbread for 45 minutes…. How long you bake yours will depend on your oven... start testing it after 40 minutes. You want a toothpick coming out clean and no jiggle in the center…
If the top starts to brown too much (it shouldn’t)… just lay a piece of foil on top.. just lay it loosely… and you should be fine.
Try this delicious and easy cornbread.... it's delicious!
Recipe: Blueberry Cornbread
All you need:
1 (18.25 oz) Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Butter Golden cake mix
1 stick ( ½ cup) butter, softened
1 cup Fat Free Milk
2 boxes Jiffy Corn Muffin mix
1 pint fresh blueberries
1-2 tablespoons flour
All you need to do:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with butter flavored cooking spray or grease with shortening.
In a very large bowl, mix the cake mix eggs and butter. Using a hand mixer, mix for about 30 seconds or until well distributed. Add the milk and continue mixing for about 4 minutes at medium speed.
Add the Jiffy Corn Muffin mixes and mix with a spoon by hand until blended.
In a small bowl, toss the blueberries in flour to coat them. Fold them into the batter until evenly distributed.
Pour batter into the prepared baking dish.
Bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean AND the center does not jiggle.
Cool for 10 minutes… serve warm or at room temperature.
Recipe: Mini Bacon and Cheese BBQ Meatloaves
Lay 2 cut pieces of bacon on each loaf. Brush them again liberally with BBQ sauce (I brush them before and after I lay the bacon on them).
Recipe: Crock Pot Chicken Enchilada Soup
Cook on LOW for 6-7 hours (it won't hurt it to cook a bit longer if you're at work) .... take the meat out and shred it.. put it back and continue cooking for 30 minutes - an hour before serving.
Recipe: Arrabbiata Sauce
Valentine's Day falls during the week this year so if you can't make a special breakfast during the week... celebrate next weekend with a fabulous breakfast... who says you can't stretch the holiday.
These recipes are easy… most can be prepped ahead… and oh so good…. peruse the list and see what fits in your time and budget… for a list of even more ideas… check out the Breakfast and Brunch label.
Make it Special!
Easy Sugared Doughnut Bites ... these are truly easy... and sooo good!
Easy Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes…. these are more like muffins than cupcakes... and perfect for a quick weekday breakfast....
Breakfast Bruschetta with Mascarpone and Blueberries… all I can say is easy and yummmmm… absolutely delicious… add scrambled eggs and you have yourself a great breakfast!
Easy Fancy Shmansy Breakfast Ideas
Cheddar and Chive Eggs In Shell with a Cheese Sauce….put the cheddar and chive eggs in a crepe… quick easy and foolproof…and oh so delicious!
Eggs Benedict – terrific poached eggs on an English muffin with luscious Hollandaise Sauce over it… Need to make poached eggs for more than your pan can do? Make them in the oven! So easy! Click here for the "How To"
Don't forget Breakfast Sides....
Serve your breakfast with Home Fries and a slice of cantaloupe …. Perfect!
Bacon… add bacon to your breakfast…do it the easy way.. make the bacon in the oven! … quick and easy and hardly any clean-up.
Breakfast Casseroles .......... these are great for serving a family… everyone loves them and they’re easy… some terrific choices are:
Southwest Potato and Egg Bake
Sausage and Cheese Strata… or maybe a Strata with different ingredients …. try the Spinach Ham and Cheese Strata
And for even more ideas....
Crepes… crepes always are terrific… make them ahead… separate them with waxed paper and cover them tightly with plastic wrap…..fill them with whatever you want… so easy!
Waffles are always good… make them plain with syrup or get a little fancy and make Bananas Foster Waffles (I have a non-alcohol version too)… or maybe Peach Melba Waffles…. Don’t forget to check my Waffle Making Tips.
Banana Foster Stuffed French Toast
Or try another stuffed French Toast… Aloha Pineapple Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast or French Toast Stuffed with Blueberry Cream Cheese
Light and Fluffy Pancakes…. everybody loves pancakes… they’re always a hit.
White Chocolate Chip Pancakes with Raspberry Syrup
Chocolate French Toast…. no listing would be complete without French Toast…. Chocolate French Toast is divine.. not a chocolate lover? Try a French Toast Casserole... prepare it the night before and pop it in the oven in the morning... what could be simpler?
Special Kid Friendly Ideas:
French Toast Sticks
Hash Brown Nests and Eggs… you can make a bunch or a few … they look so good… kid’s love them!
Breakfast Burrito - a delicious quick on-the-go breakfast .. check the recipe post for great make-ahead and time saving tips
Egg Biscuit and Egg Muffin Breakfast Sandwiches
Green Eggs and Ham - who doesn't love Dr Seuss? ... a great fun way to get kids to eat spinach!
Kid Friendly Cream Cheese and Jam Omelet
I could go on and on…. check out the Breakfast and Brunch in the labels for more terrific ideas!
White Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Filling and White Chocolate Coconut Frosting
Sweet Potato Pancakes with Pecan Butter