18 Recipes for an Award-Winning Oscars Menu

You'll deserve an award for best snacks with this Oscar-worthy menu

Champagne Truffles
Elizabeth LaBau.

It's Oscar season, and whether you're a movie buff or a casual observer, you're going to need snacks. We've assembled a menu of small plates and appetizers that are perfect for a big gathering or a small group. There's red velvet treats to mimic the red carpet, gold for the Oscar itself, and popcorn, because movies aren't the movies without popcorn. Plus lots of other sweet and savory hand-held foods to choose from.

Any of the following snacks will make your Academy Awards watching experience more delicious, so pick and choose to make your own ultimate Oscars menu.

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    5-Minute Cheddar Cheese Popcorn

    5-Minute Cheddar Cheese Popcorn
    The Spruce.

    You can't watch a movie without popcorn, and a show all about movies is no exception. Elevate your plain microwave or stove-popped popcorn by adding butter and real cheddar cheese. Everything's better with butter and cheese, including Oscar night!

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    Smoked Salmon Crostini

    Smoked Salmon Crostini
    Leah Maroney.

    If you're looking for a stylish savory snack for your Oscars party, then crostinis are always a great option. Topped with ricotta cheese, smoked salmon, herbs, and lemon, these individually-sized appetizers are also quick and easy to make.

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    Champagne White Chocolate Truffles

    Champagne White Chocolate Truffles
    Elizabeth LaBau.

    Raise a champagne toast to Hollywood's biggest night. Or, better yet, make these easy but red carpet-worthy truffles and eat your champagne toast instead. White chocolate will be sure to satisfy anyone's sweet tooth, and a gold leaf decoration nods to the Oscar statue himself.

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    Baked Ricotta Cheese

    Baked Ricotta Cheese
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    For a warm, cheesy centerpiece, simply bake ricotta with olive oil and herbs. Add olives, cured meat, or fruit at the end for a savory or sweet touch. Serve sliced bread or crackers on the side so that everyone can dip into the warm snack.

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    Savory Real Original Chex Party Snack Mix

    Savory Real Original Chex Party Snack Mix
    The Spruce.

    If there was a snack mix category at the Oscars, the award would go to Chex Party Mix every time. Easily assembled with a couple of cereals, pretzels, peanuts, and some household ingredients, it's always a fan favorite. It's also easy to make a big batch in case you're feeding a theater-full.

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    Mini Taco Bites

    Mini Taco Bites
    Laurel Randolph.

    Tacos are always a favorite, but they're too messy to serve at a viewing party (unless you were already planning on getting a new couch). Solution: Mini Taco Bites. The adorable, personally-sized apps will be a box office smash at your Oscar party.

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    Crispy Parmesan Wafers Two Ways

    Crispy Parmesan Wafers Two Ways
    Diana Rattray.

    For a carb and gluten-free snack, make wafers from a single ingredient: parmesan. They're as simple as grating cheese (you'll want high-quality parm for this recipe) and baking it. Add herbs, cracked black pepper, or garlic powder for a little extra flavor.

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    Creamy Crab Dip With Cream Cheese

    Creamy Crab Dip With Cream Cheese
    The Spruce.

    This make-ahead crab dip is ready in mere minutes, filled with crab meat and a decadent cream cheese and mayo sauce. Serve with carrot and celery sticks, chips, and/or crackers for an appetizer that's worthy of the Oscars.

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    Red Velvet Cake Truffles

    Red Velvet Cake Truffles
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    Once the savory snacks have been devoured, roll out the red carpet for a bite of dessert. Red velvet is the ideal sweet to end the evening, especially as moist truffles. They are handheld and no-mess, perfect for a party.

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    The Best British Sausage Roll

    The Best British Sausage Roll
    The Spruce.

    The Academy Awards may not be British per say (they have the BAFDAs after all), but everyone can appreciate a great sausage roll. A simple combination of cooked onions, egg, and sausage make a meaty filling for puff pastry. They are quick and filling, and especially good with a bit of mustard.

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    Epic Charcuterie Board

    Epic Charcuterie Board
    Leah Maroney.

    Nothing says classy like a top-notch charcuterie board. Lucky for you, they're super quick to throw together. Start with quality ingredients like a selection of different cheeses and cured meats and add accents like nuts, fruit, and olives. A variety of crackers is a must.

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    Parmesan Stuffed Mushrooms

    Parmesan Stuffed Mushrooms
    Diana Rattray.

    Vegetarians and meat-eaters alike will giving a standing ovation for these Parmesan Stuffed Mushrooms. Behind-the-scenes, this appetizer is actually really simple to make. With just a few ingredients and a minimal amount of time, you'll have elegant bites to serve your guests.

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    Cheese Ball With Pecans Recipe

    Cheese Ball With Pecans Recipe
    Lauri Patterson/Getty Images.

    Nothing says party quite like a cheese ball, and this classic version has lots of cheesy flavor. Simply combine room temperature cream cheese, cheddar cheese, grated onion, and some spices and roll into a ball. A coating of pecans adds a nutty crunch to this tasty spread.

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    Glittery Gold Chocolate-Dipped Oreos

    Glittery Gold Chocolate-Dipped Oreos
    Elizabeth LaBau.

    Nights don't get much fancier than the Oscars, so why not pull out all the stops? Everyone loves Oreos, especially when they're dipped in chocolate. But add a little edible gold leaf or gold luster powder—reflecting the gold of the Oscar statue—and you've got a sweet treat with some star power.

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    Spinach and Artichoke Dip

    Spinach and Artichoke Dip
    Leah Maroney.

    For a classic dip that feels a little fancier than salsa or hummus, serve Spinach and Artichoke Dip. Using frozen spinach and artichoke hearts keeps everything easy breezy. Warm and melty, it's delicious served with corn or pita chips, crackers, or toasted bread for dipping.

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    Easy Pizza Crostini Appetizer

    Easy Pizza Crostini Appetizer
    Diana Rattray.

    Pizza is always a hit, but it's not exactly Oscar party food. For a simple twist on everyone's favorite, top slices of French bread with your favorite toppings and bake. You have a fun but sophisticated appetizer, and you can customize the toppings to suit everyone's dietary needs.

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    Spanakopita Bites: Spinach and Feta Cheese Appetizers

    Spanakopita Bites: Spinach and Feta Cheese Appetizers
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    Spanakopita, a traditional Greek dish, consists of a flaky layer dough (called phyllo) filled with spinach and cheeses. Individually-sized versions are a tasty, vegetarian appetizer and can be served hot or at room temperature. This recipe uses frozen phyllo cups as a shortcut, avoiding the finicky task of folding the dough.

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    Red Velvet Crispy Treats

    Red Velvet Crispy Treats
    Elizabeth LaBau.

    Your Oscar guests might forget who won best picture once they taste these Red Velvet Crispy Treats. A fun dessert that combines the classic rice crispy treat with red velvet cake, it's festive and looks a lot like red carpet. If red carpet was delicious.