So what to eat? Finger foods are best. Quiche or fondue is really fun (just watch the kids with fondue forks!) For younger kids you might include coconut-crusted chicken nuggets (cooked in the oven) or the ever-popular pigs-in a blanket, or mini - sweet and sour meatballs. For dessert try mini-cupcakes or mini-cheesecakes with decorated with silver and gold dragees. Or if you are really inspired (and have the time) you could make Oscar-shaped frosted cookies for your guests. Just use your favorite sugar or gingerbread cookie recipe and make a template by getting a profile of Oscar from the internet and transfer to cardboard or parchment. Here are some simple ideas that are good for noshing on Oscar night (or any other time). And if you have someideas to share that your family enjoys, please send me your ideas and recipes as well - I am always looking for something good to share with readers(and to try for next year!).
Cut the neufchatel cheese into two layers lengthwise just like cutting a layer into to layers for a cake. Put bottom layer of cheese on serving plate. Mix ketchup, drained salad shrimp and horseradish together spread half of this mixture over cheese, top with second layer of cheese, then cover top with rest of shrimp mixture. Serve with crackers (this is good with hearty crackers like rycrisp or triscuit)
1 loaf cocktail rye bread
1/2 cup-3/4 cup light mayonnaise
1 medium sweet or red onion chopped
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
Spread bread slices out on a cookie sheet sprayed with PAM. Spead each slice with mayo. Put about 1 tablespoon of chopped onion on the top of each bread slice, and sprinke top with grated cheese. Broil until cheese is melted and starts turning brown. Serve warm.