On Sunday, Feb. 28, Hollywood will roll out the red carpet for every big name in showbiz at 88th Academy Awards ceremony — and that means it's Oscar party time for you film buffs and movie aficionados. Sure, you'll probably be serving cocktails, but your guests have got to eat, too. Here are 15 elegant, but not too terribly difficult to prepare, appetizers that combined can easily double as a main meal. You can make some ahead of time, while others are ready in just 10 minutes. Mix and match for some good eats while you wait to find out which film gets crowned best picture.
The Saucy Southerner whipped up a batch of these beauties for the Super Bowl, but they are the perfect appetizer for any type of soiree, including an Oscar party. The stuffing consists up chopped artichoke hearts, spinach (or a mix of greens), fresh bread crumbs, white wine, Parmesan cheese, minced sweet red bell pepper, an egg, Dijon mustard, garlic and onion powder, and mayonnaise. It's very likely that you'll have leftover stuffing, so just put it into a small ramekin, bake it on the same baking sheet as the mushrooms and spread it over some crackers when it's done.
Running to the Kitchen's sweet potato guacamole bites have crispy edges, soft middles, spicy guac centers and salty bacon top.
Featured on Craftsy, this recipe for savory waffles includes ricotta, Parmesan, garlic and oregano. Smear some herb butter and sprinkle of salt, and add the pizza toppings of your choice.
Apron and Sneakers' elegant salmon and stracchino rolls are best made ahead of time and are served cold — just make sure to cover them in plastic so you don't stink up the fridge.
Picture the Recipe's balsamic-glazed steak rolls look mouthwateringly gorgeous. Food blogger Noreen used skirt steak, but if you want to avoid having to trim all that fat, she recommends using thin-sliced sirloin steaks instead.
The Cookin' Canuck's recipe for shrimp martini appetizers was featured on the Tasty Kitchen, and it's perfect for your Oscar party. It's elegant, fun and delicious!
You can make these delicious sesame chicken wonton cups prepared by The Black Peppercorn up to three days in advance.
Cooking with Michele serves tuna tartare in Asian soup spoons for a presentation that is as delightful as it is tasty. Check out the shrimp ceviche served in wonton cups, like the sesame chicken above.
Yummy Mummy Kitchen whipped these up for Christmas these sparkling, sweet, tart and creamy hors d'oeuvres are perfect to nosh on while you debate who'll nab the award for best supporting actor.
These smoked salmon and cream cheese cucumber bites from Baker By Nature take just 10 minutes to prepare. Add a bit of zing with horseradish and dill cream cheese and the results will be crunchy, creamy finger food perfection.
Apples and Sparkle's recipe for Caprese-style stuffed tomatoes uses run-of-the-mill vine tomatoes from the grocery store, but you'll think you're biting into heirloom tomatoes you grew yourself.
These pretty little Asiago potato stacks from A Family Feast come out of the oven tender on the inside but golden brown and crispy on the edges. These are beautiful, but simple.
Speaking of potatoes, take a look at these purple potato chips topped with crème fraîche and caviar prepared by Martha Stewart. If caviar's your cup of tea, have at it.
We love these mini macaroni cheese pies from The Curvy Carrot.
You don't often hear the word "easy" used to describe beef wellington, but this recipe featured on Foodista requires just three ingredients. Enjoy all the elegance without the expensive hassle.