02/28/2016 08:49 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

10 Outstanding Eats for Your Oscar Party


Celebrate the biggest night in Hollywood with elegant finger foods and cocktails that are so good, they deserve an Academy Award. Whether you whip up a Baked Brie en Croûte with Honey and Pecans or some Sparkling Sangria, these recipes will make you the star of the night.

1. Baked Brie en Croûte with Honey, Dried Cherries, Rosemary & Pecans


Thanks to store bought puff pastry, this fancy-looking appetizer is easy to make -- and it comes with a "most popular person at the party" guarantee. GET THE RECIPE

2. Smoked Salmon Dip


This is a delicious and elegant dip that you can whip up in 10 minutes. Be sure to stash some away for breakfast tomorrow -- it doubles as a delicious spread for bagels. GET THE RECIPE

3. Crazy Good Spicy Italian Popcorn


You must have popcorn at an Oscar party! This homemade popcorn -- adapted from Crazy Good Italian by D.C. Chef and Top Chef All-Stars runner-up Mike Isabella -- is tossed with garlic butter, Parmesan, oregano and red pepper. It's insanely addictive (yes, crazy good). GET THE RECIPE

4. Union Square Café Bar Nuts


Sweet, salty, spicy, and rosemary-infused, these nuts from Union Square Café in NYC make the perfect party snack. Bonus: they're a cinch to make! GET THE RECIPE

5. Cocktail Meatballs


These are so much better than the grape jelly versions you've tried before. You'll love that the meatballs are baked, not fried, and the sweet and tangy sauce is ready in under 15 minutes. Make extra -- they disappear in a flash. GET THE RECIPE

6. Cheddar & Herb Cheese Straws


These crisp and flaky cheese straws specked with fresh herbs and crushed red chili flakes make a fun hors d'oeuvre to go along with wine and cocktails. Though they look like bread sticks, they're actually more akin to savory pie crust or pastry. GET THE RECIPE

7. Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons


Chewy and moist on the inside, crispy and golden on the outside, these coconut macaroons are delicious plain but even more irresistible dipped in chocolate. GET THE RECIPE

8. Red Velvet Cupcakes


Who can resist adorable red velvet cupcakes? These have a subtle chocolate flavor, deep mahogany color and lavish swirl of tangy cream cheese frosting on top. GET THE RECIPE

9. Luscious Lemon Squares


With a buttery shortbread crust, luscious lemon filling and dusting of powdered sugar, these bars are as pretty as they are delicious. GET THE RECIPE

10. Sparkling White Sangria


Every party needs a signature cocktail, and festive sangria is perfect for Oscar night. Toss a few bunches of frozen grapes in the pitcher -- they look pretty and won't water the drink down. GET THE RECIPE