Bobby Flay Invites You to Host An Oscar Party!
updated 03/02/2009 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 03/02/2009 AT 01:00 AM EST
Flay's home menu also caters to the TV-entranced: "You want food that people can pick up, served family-style." Another must? Fresh popcorn! "Think of it as keeping the coffee warm," says Flay, who here offers a sweet-and-spicy twist, though March prefers when he makes it with Parmesan cheese and pepper. "I had a little debate with my wife about the popcorn." And a little debate—Who will win best picture? Whose was the best dress?—may be the key ingredient to a successful Oscar night with friends.
SERVES 8 FOR UNDER $60!
UP TO TWO DAYS BEFORE
Make the pudding (minus the whipped cream)
THREE HOURS BEFORE
Shape the burgers. Make the relish, cole slaw and whipped cream; clean the shrimp
90 MINUTES BEFORE
Cook the burgers and shrimp; assemble dishes
WHEN GUESTS ARRIVE
Pass out Oscar voting ballots (available at oscar.com); pour cocktails
Pop fresh popcorn
Sparkling Pear Cocktails
Mini Burgers with Barbecue Sauce, Coleslaw and Pickles
Grilled Shrimp on Tortillas with Avocado Relish
Individual Upside-Down Chocolate Pudding Pies
Sweet and Spicy Popcorn
Get the recipes—and see an exclusive demo video with Bobby Flay—at people.com/oscars