Good things to eat

When I grow up and have the right kind house to host a fancy Oscar party, I will.  Or maybe I should just make a point of getting invited to a fancy one?

I’m not sure really what the big deal is with Oscar parties anyway.  I mean why the Oscars?  You don’t hear that much about Golden Globe or Grammy parties or any of the other in a long line of award events that happen this time of year.  Is it because it’s the last of the award season?  Who knows?

So what did you make for your Oscar party?  I scoured the internet for ideas but there was nothing terribly inspiring.  They seem to be big on theme items, like something to do with the nominated movies, but I hadn’t seen many of them this year so that was no help.

Instead I just went with a few of my old reliable party snacks.

We started watching quite early in the afternoon because there was the pre-red carpet and then the red carpet and then the show Oscars themselves go on for hours.  So you really need to pace yourself otherwise you can be hungry again by the end!

I started off with a nice baked cheese dip.

Baked cheese dip

In a food processor whiz up:

  • 1 medium white onion
  • 1 roasted red pepper (coarsely chopped)
  • 1/2 raw jalapeno pepper
  • 1/2 cup of cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup grated smokey cheese ( cheddar or gouda)
  • 1 handful of cilantro leaves

Whip until everything is well blended and transfer to a heat safe dish, ideally one with a heat safe cover.  If it doesn’t have its own lid then cover with tin foil and place in a 350 degrees oven for about 15 minutes or until it gets bubbly looking.

Remove from oven and sprinkle with some finely chopped red pepper or green onion or sprinkle with paprika.  Whatever you  have around.

Serve with crackers or bread product of your choice.

While we were stuffing our faces with that, I popped the next item into the oven.   Let’s call them “Spicy Sausage Balls” cause that’s pretty much what they are.

In a good size bowl combine:

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red pepper
  • 1/2 nibblet corn ( canned is fine but frozen is better)
  • 3 finely chopped green onions
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup grated smoked cheese of your choice
  • 1 package ( aprox 1 pound) bulk spicy Italian sausage
  • 1 cup of store-bought biscuit  mix

Then get your hands in there and squish and squish until all the ingredients are well mixed.  Then start rolling the mixture into balls.  Depending on what you are using them for, they can be anywhere from the size of a golf ball to the size of a grape.  Just make sure what ever you decide, you make them all the same size so they will cook evenly.

Place them on a cookie sheet lined with our old friend parchment for easy clean up and put them in a 350 degree oven.  Depending on the size anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes.  You will know they are done because you will smell their deliciousness!  And they should look lightly browned all over.

Try to let them cool a little when you take them out of the oven because you will burn your mouth!  They can be eaten hot or at room temperature, with a dip or without!  Enjoy!

Spicy Sausage Ball


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