The awards season is around the corner, and while you might not be partying on the red carpet, that doesn't mean you can’t throw a viewing party fit for the stars. Whether you’re hosting family and friends to watch the People’s Choice Awards, the Golden Globes or the Oscars, stick with us for tips and tricks to throw a celebration full of Hollywood glamour.
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Steal the show with a standout ingredient
Think of your party fare in terms of starring and supporting actors. For an award-winning bash, build a menu around a starring ingredient such as King’s Hawaiian dinner rolls, an option we love for their sweet, delicious flavor that appeals to adults and kids alike, and their versatility in many kinds of recipes.
Add star quality to your evening
Your menu is in place and the guest list is set, but is your party ready for its closeup? Look for ways to incorporate touches of glamour and fun, whether that’s topping drinks with a special garnish or adding a unique twist to the theme of the dishes. Get kids involved by including a craft such as making star-studded table settings or cut-out gold Oscar statues.
Roll out the red carpet for your guests
The ultimate secret to a successful viewing party is making your guests feel like the stars. Give out awards to kids and adults for categories such as best dressed – everyone loves to dress up! Serve finger foods that are easy to eat in front of the big screen and tasty to all palates, such as sliders, dips and snack mixes. Keep it festive with celebratory toasts throughout the evening, using sparkling cider for the younger attendees and champagne for the adults.
Check out these simple and delicious recipes when planning your viewing party.
This tzatziki is the perfect dip to serve with fresh cut vegetables or sweet Hawaiian bread. It's so light and full of flavor, you’ll have your guests begging for more!
These asparagus, bell pepper, and strawberry balsamic crostini are the perfect appetizers for entertaining a bunch of friends or an easy treat for an evening at home with family.
Lil Kahuna Sliders
Everyone needs a go-to chicken sandwich that is guaranteed to please. This recipe will become a new favorite with all of its flavor and vibrant colors. Plus, topping it with a star-shaped pineapple adds a bit of fun and whimsy.
Dress up your basic lobster roll by adding a simple homemade kimchi slaw. Top with a bow tie to make them extra fancy. These Tuxedo Rolls are irresistibly delicious and perfect for entertaining!
Salty Sweet Movie Mix
Instead of buttered popcorn, try mixing King’s Hawaiian bread with kettle corn or another one of your favorite popcorn flavors to satisfy both your sweet and salty cravings.
These Chicken Tikka Masala Sliders are a delicious twist on a traditional Indian-style dish. They are well spiced and flavored to perfection
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Award-winning Appetizer Recipes for your Emmy Party
Delicious appetizers are the perfect way to kick-off your Emmy Awards-viewing party. You and your friends can gather around an impressive party snacks table as you gossip about the best and worst dressed stars while they walk down the red carpet and prepare for the big event. Here are a few Emmy Awards appetizer ideas to serve at this show-stopping event.
Baked Cranberry Brie
- 4 sheets phyllo pastry
- 1 round (8 oz) of brie cheese
- 3 tbs. cranberry sauce
- ¼ cup melted butter
Brush the top of each sheet of pastry with the melted butter and layer the pastry sheets on top of each other. Place the brie in the middle of the pastry and coat it with cranberry sauce. Twist the edges of the pastry around to enclose the brie in the pastry and brush with the remaining butter. Bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees or until the crust is nicely browned. Let it sit for 20 minutes before serving.
Bacon-Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes
- 1 ½ lbs. bacon, cooked until crisp
- ½ cup green onions, chopped
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 24 cherry tomatoes, stems removed
After cooking, drain bacon on paper towels. Dice or crumble into small pieces. In medium bowl, mix bacon, onions and mayonnaise. Place tomatoes stem side down on a cutting board. Cut a thin slice off the bottom. Scoop out the pulp with a spoon or melon ball scooper. Turn tomatoes over on a paper towel for 30 minutes to drain. Fill tomatoes with bacon mixture. Refrigerate several hours, or overnight.
Spinach Artichoke Dip
- 1 cup grated Parmesan
- 1 cup sour cream
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 3 tbsp. lemon juice
- 1 garlic clove, pressed
- 5 oz. shredded Pepper Jack cheese
- 10 oz. frozen chopped spinach, thawed
- 1 can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
Combine first six ingredients and a cup of Pepper Jack cheese. Add spinach and artichokes and spoon into greased baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Serve with crackers and cut vegetables.
Give guests a reason to mingle with a wide variety of Emmy appetizers at your viewing party. Start planning your Emmy Awards party food menu today!
How to Throw an A-List Awards Show Viewing Party
It's that time of year where we all get envious of the lifestyles of the rich and famous: awards season. With the Golden Globes coming up on Jan. 11 and a slew of other shows to follow, our jaws will drop at gorgeous dresses, and we'll applaud from home when stars take the stage. Even though this all could happen while wearing sweatpants on the couch, why not bring around a group of friends to cheer for exciting wins and boo at snubs while watching? Throwing an awards show viewing party isn't too difficult — all you really need is some pizza and wine. But if you want to step up your game and impress your pals, try throwing a celeb-worthy soiree just like the incredible parties that actors are enjoying in Hollywood. It may sound daunting, but you can do it for a fraction of the cost and without breaking a sweat. How, you ask? Well, I have a secret weapon: Tony Schubert, the owner of celebrity-approved event production company Event Eleven, who throws the glitzy annual Audi pre-Golden Globes party and huge bashes for the SAG Awards and Grammys. And those are just two of his big-name clients.
As Schubert explained to me, it's all about creating the perfect ambiance, the right balance of food and cocktails, and making everyone feel comfortable. Even though you won't be wearing ball gowns — though you totally can to up the ante — you should feel transported to Hollywood for the night, embracing your inner A-lister and kicking off your heels for a fun evening with friends. Below, he gives seven easy tips for hosting the perfect at-home viewing party, which can also apply to any party you throw that needs a little glitz and glamour.
1. Dim the Lights
If you want to look like a celebrity, just bring the lights down. If you can't afford to bring in an electrician to put your lights on dimmers — which Schubert says is a great investment for your whole life, not just the night of the party — there's a quick swap that will work just as well: amber light bulbs. "It's a super cheap and easy trick to make everyone look fantastic. Everything is beautiful in amber light," Schubert promises. Overall, the key is to not make your house too bright. "It should be bright enough to hold a conversation but dim enough to look sexy," he adds. Snag some amber light bulbs at Amazon for $11.57. The image above is from the 2015 Audi pre-Golden Globe bash, which featured plenty of gorgeous lighting.
2. Separate Spaces & Make Sure Everyone Is Comfortable
After you've dimly-lit your place, try to keep the viewing party in one section and food in another. If possible, have food and drinks spread out on a table and have everyone sit on couches and other chairs around the television to relax. If you have a cramped apartment — hey, neighbors in NYC — then improvise with end tables or even a stack of books to help designate distinct areas. "Creating movement is important," Schubert says. "Open up the space as much as possible." And overall, make sure everyone is comfy. "You want a lounge experience where people can kick off their heels and stay awhile," he says, which is a trend he sees (and uses himself) at many awards show parties in Hollywood.
3. A Bar Cart Is Your BFF
If you're hard-up for tables and flat surfaces to serve food on, buying an inexpensive bar cart is a great fix. Try your favorite store (read: IKEA), Home Depot, or a local yard sale to find one on a budget, but focus on size and shape — don't get hung up on the color or finish. Schubert points out you can just take a can of spray paint to it, using fun glam colors like silver or rose gold. If you have the space, it's nice to move through the house to serve drinks, and it's a great talking point for the party. I like this one from Target for $109.
4. Create a Signature Cocktail
Instead of buying different types of wine, beer, and liquor, stick to one or two cocktails. They can be tried-and-true classics like a Cosmo, but try to think out of the box with a signature drink for the night. At this year's Audi pre-Golden Globes party, Schubert served "Eve's Cocktail," a delicious blend of fresh apple juice, cinnamon infused vodka (try Smirnoff's Cinnamon Churros), a hint of lemon juice, and cinnamon. If that's not your style, Schubert recommends sticking with one type of liquor — like an infused vodka, bourbon, or tequila — that you build a cocktail around. When in doubt, always go for a lot of color and a great garnish for the wow factor, and don't mix them too early unless you're going for a sangria or big-batch punch that you can spike later. No one likes a watered-down drink!
5. Keep the Food Fresh & Don't Run Out
One of Schubert's best party-hosting tips is to allow people to come for a cocktail hour before the festivities start. For example, if the show starts at 8 p.m., invite people specifically for drinks at 7 p.m., then let everyone make a plate of food to enjoy while watching. To keep things fresh throughout the show, he suggests using mesh food tents (Crate & Barrel, $5.95) that are typically used for barbecues outside. Cheese and charcuterie plates especially benefit from this if they're sitting out for a few hours, and for those, he suggests a fun-colored dish or pizza board to change things up. You can also use small catch bowls to put in jams, nuts, and fruit to accompany the cheese.
6. Pick Fan-Favorite Appetizers
As for the food itself, don't just go for cheese plates — make dishes that everyone will want to eat so you won't be left with a lot of wasted food. Schubert warns not to fuss around with too many fillers like pigs in a blanket or deviled eggs and also suggests to keep specific guests in mind when you're planning. Think about which friends will probably eat more, remember who is vegetarian, and then pick a few great appetizers after that. Some of the apps that were big hits at his recent party were mini burgers, tuna tartar cones, tiny roast beef sandwiches, and gourmet three-cheese grilled cheese. Basically, anything you can eat in one or two bites, and forget about skewers — they make everything awkward to eat. And if you use paper products to serve, try to go with something eye-catching and simple, like Cheeky Home's modern plates (Target, $3.99), a brand that Mindy Kaling loves.
7. And Lastly, Don't Forget the Photo Booth
One of the biggest hits of any party, Schubert says, is the modern-day photo booth. You can set one up at home with a fun backdrop, some props, and a tripod. Just prop up your iPad or tablet to take photos and have someone control it. Or, buy a selfie button (Urban Outfitters, $14.99), then hook it up to a photo printer. You can also use an app like Pocketbooth (iTunes App Store, .99) to take pictures, put them in a photo booth frame, and then print and/or share to social media. Make sure to have some fake statues on hand and enormous bottles of champagne!
Images: Getty Images (6) Line 8 Photography for Event Eleven (1) Target (1)
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10 Tips for Hosting a Fabulous Oscar Party
Roll out the red carpet and pop the champagne! We've got all the right tips, tricks, and recipe ideas to throw a dazzling Academy Awards viewing party on February 28.
As the red carpet kicks off, toast with this bubbly cocktail from Jane Lopes, the beverage director of The Catbird Seat in Nashville. Sweet-tart oranges balance the flavors of the alcohol and cherries.
If a citrus cocktail isn't your thing, try this classic drink instead, featuring St-Germain-soaked winter fruit and prosecco.
Snap Polaroids of your guests as they arrive, then hang them around the room so they feel like they're walking the red carpet right alongside the stars. (Psst: Yes, Polaroid still makes instant cameras!)
Offer your guests a tasty appetizer to snack on while you watch the celebs arrive. Party-goers will love these bite-sized pig in a blanket so much, they'll be gone before the show even starts.
When the acceptance speeches start, serve up a more sophisticated dish. A single baguette, sliced and used as a foundation, yields a host of easy-to-assemble appetizers. Prepare toppings the day before and add them just before serving. Provide guests with small plates and forks to scoop up the extras.
There's no better way to celebrate cinema than with this traditional movie snack, albeit with a tasty twist. Fry a few pieces of bacon, crumble them over the popcorn, and top with a drizzle of warm pan drippings. Make sure to enjoy when the movie montages roll.
If you don't feel like cooking, set out our favorite instant app with some crackers and bread! Los Angeles caterer and event planner Lulu Powers relies on plain wooden or plastic stakes and a Sharpie to label the spread and separate the cheddar from the manchego. "People always appreciate being told what they're eating," she says.
It's easier than you think to make fancy petit fours. "People will swear these are from a fancy bakery," says entertaining expert Amy Atlas of this tempting shortcut. To follow her lead: Use a serrated knife to cut the crust off a pound cake, then slice the cake into one-inch squares. Place them on a cooling rack with parchment paper underneath, pour icing over the squares, and let set for an hour. Atlas's 60-second icing recipe? Mix four tablespoons of water to two cups of sifted confectioner's sugar. Tint the mixture by stirring in a bit of gel food-coloring.
Once the show wraps up, discuss the biggest snubs and surprises with an easy-to-eat treat. Distinctive and delightful tang, lemon, and ginger are infused in these tiny desserts, perfect for ending the night on a sweet note.
Throw the Ultimate Tony Awards Viewing Party
The stars will align at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, but there’s still time to put some finishing touches on your perfect Tony viewing party.
Cast Your Vote
Before the Tony Awards begin, print your official ballot and predict the winners.
Prep Your Playlists
Apple Music and iTunes have you covered for all of your Tony Awards® listening needs!
Visit the Tony Awards Apple Music Room to listen to show albums, Tony-themed playlists, and more.
And head to iTunes to preview and purchase the 2017 Tony Season album, past years' Tony telecasts, and show albums.
Toast to the Tonys
Add some merriment to your Tony Awards party with custom cocktails inspired by the nominated shows.
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How To Throw An Award Winning Oscar Party
So your Oscars invitation never arrived in the mail? That’s no reason to forego the glamour of the evening, why not just bring the party to you? Hosting an Oscars party isn’t like hosting your average dinner party, in fact, it’s a whole lot easier, and much less stressful. Roll out the red carpet and pop the champagne, because we’ve got all the tips, tricks, and appetizer ideas to throw a award winning Academy Awards viewing party. Your night should be all about fun and friends!
Some old fashioned betting is a must, & these Oscar Ballots from Sugar and Charm are nothing short of perfect! Pre-purchase a gift for whichever guest has the winning ballot at the end of the night. This way, they’ll have something to celebrate!
As the red carpet kicks off, toast with a bubbly champagne cocktail. St-Germain-soaked winter fruit & a good brut champagne is my go-to teaser to get any party started!
Just because it’s an Oscars party doesn’t mean you need to serve caviar on a mini crepe! Food sets the tone for a party. Small bites call for a bit of sophistication a whole lot of fun, and not a lot of prep work, which makes for a perfect pairing! Once everyone arrives, you can bring out the ballots and small bites. Create a buffet of easy to grab finger foods so that guests can pick at throughout the evening.
Get your party started with a few of the recipes below:
& last but definitely not least… Don’t forget the Popcorn Bar!
For dessert, keep it simple : Macaroons, more popcorn, & cookies oh my!
Most importantly, don’t take it to serious! There’s nothing worse than going to an Oscars party, that feels like an election result! Pop the champagne and let’s party! Here’s to you, Leo!
E!'s Official Guide to Awards Season: How to Throw a Viewing Party People Will Actually Want to AttendJeff Vespa/Getty Images
We are in the home stretch of awards season, with the 2014 Oscars just in front of us. And if you haven't already started planning your viewing party for this Sunday, then you are already a failure and you should just go back to bed.
OK, that was a little harsh, but we want to prove a point. Planning a viewing party, especially for one on the night of the Oscars, takes time. It doesn't have to be a stressful thing to put together (unless you are a perfectionist who gets off on that kind of thing), but it can go horribly wrong if you're not careful. So, because we care so much about you guys and your social lives staying in tact, here is our official guide to throwing a viewing party that people will actually show up to:
1. Go Big or Go Home: You've heard that phrase before, yes? Well, in this case, we mean you either go big with your party and have all the fixings (theme, dress code, catered menu) or you go super-casual with just some booze and snacks. Don't go halfway toward either of those. You could end up with a very confused party that's kind of fancy but people are wearing sweatpants and no one knows if they should bring wine or not. Make it really intricate or make it really casual.
2. Print a Ballot: It takes like nine seconds to find a ballot of nominees for the show and to print it off so you and your guests can predict the winners. What's the point of gathering friends if you can't compete with each other and shove it in their faces when you guess the correct winner for Best Foreign Language Achievement in Animated Edited Score?*
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3. Make-or-Break Snacks: If you're going to splurge on one thing for your party, might we suggest splurging on the food? It can make your party awesome or make it totally awful, so it's very important. We have a general rule that if a party we attend has only frozen TGI Fridays appetizers that were just thrown into the oven, we punch out one of their windows and then leave. Don't be that host. Do a sandwich bar or have a breakfast-for-dinner theme. Remember: Food is the most important thing in the world. Don't screw it up.
4. Rules Are Rules: Are you OK with people talking during the show? Are you fast-forwarding past commercials or watching live? You're not sure, you say? Youɽ better get sure damn quick because that's the s--t that can ruin a party. If people are not allowed to talk during the acceptance speeches or whenever Jennifer Lawrence is on the TV, make that very clear or else someone will get a bowl of guacamole coming at their face. Just come up with some basic guidelines for watching the show at throw it in your Evite. Which reminds us…
5. No Evites: Jeez, just text people or send an email. If you are doing a big fancy theme party, youɽ better have actual invitations that come in the mail. We told you not to half-ass this!
6. When in Doubt, Alcohol: This rule applies to most parties, events and basically any situation. Please make sure you have both alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, because some people might be too hungover from the night before. You can even create a drinking game for the awards show. Just don't get drunk and do stupid stuff like throw eggs at a neighbor because that could lead to a SWAT team kicking down your door and searching your house.
7. Invite the Right People: Look, some people take awards season very seriously. They will talk about each category, each movie and each moment to death. They like to debate. They will give long-winded explanations as to why Tom Hanks is the greatest actor of our generation (which he is). The point here is that if those are the kind of people you hate at a party, or if your party is going to be more about just enjoying the show than actually caring about what happens, make sure you invite the correct type of people. If you have someone who only cares about the arrivals and someone who only cares about the winners, well, that's a recipe for disaster. That's how fights break out. That's how friendships are ruined. That's how you end up with zero people who will ever come back to a party at your house.
Follow these simple rules and your party will be a huge success! But don't get a big head about it, ya jerk.
13 Last-Minute Ideas for Your Perfect Oscars Party
Throwing an amazing Oscar-themed party doesn't have to be a headache. It turns out, there are lots of simple ways to throw a festive Tinseltown bash.
If you find yourself rolling out the red carpet for some last-minute guests on Sunday, don't let the stress of party planning drag you down. There are plenty of DIY tips and recipe ideas out there to help you throw a stylish celebration worthy of any Hollywood A-lister.
These easy ideas for Oscar-themed food, drinks and decorations are sure to bring some fun to the evening's festivities. With a little bit of resourcefulness — and maybe some gold glitter — your Oscars party is sure to shine.
TV&rsquos biggest night is almost here! Now ET is on hand to help you throw an Emmy party fit for the stars complete with a menu inspired by this year&rsquos outstanding drama nominees.
THIS IS US
PILGRIM RICK&rsquoS MINI THANKSGIVING CHEESE DOGS
Who could forget the sweet moment Jack Pearson turned Thanksgiving around with hot dogs wrapped in cheese and rolled in crushed crackers? Here&rsquos our bite-sized take on the This Is Us Turkey Day feast.
Ingredients (Pigs in a Blanket):
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 ½ pounds small cocktail sausages
3 tablespoons brown sugar
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
¼ cup ketchup
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
2 crescent roll sheets
1 egg lightly beaten
Ingredients (Cheese Dip):
8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese and pepper jack
1 tablespoon corn starch
12 ounces evaporated milk
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons spicy mustard
How to Make It (Pigs in a Blanket):
1. Heat oil in large, non-stick skillet over medium heat.
2. Fry sausages in pan until heated through.
3. Add brown sugar, ketchup, cayenne pepper and Worcestershire sauce.
4. Mix until sausages are coated and fry until sauce thickens and coats sausages completely.
5. Remove from heat.
6. Allow sausages to cool to room temperature.
7. Preheat oven to 350°F.
8. Roll crescent dough sheet onto a lightly floured surface.
9. Using a pizza cutter, cut 1 inch wide strips.
10. Cut each 1 inch strip into 3-4 pieces.
11. Wrap each sausage with crescent dough and pinch the edges to seal.
12. Place wrapped sausages on baking tray lined with parchment paper.
13. Brush with egg wash.
14. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until crescent dough is golden brown.
15. Remove from oven.
16. Serve warm or at room temperature with cheese dip.
How to Make It (Cheese Dip):
1. Grate cheese into a bowl.
2. Add cornstarch and toss until mixed well.
3. In a saucepan, combine cornstarch coated cheese, evaporated milk, cayenne pepper and mustard.
4. Heat mixture on medium-low heat.
5. Stir frequently until cheese has completely melted.
6. Serve warm with pigs in a blanket.
ELEVEN&rsquoS MINI CHICKEN & EGGO WAFFLES
Millie Bobby Brown&rsquos character gives us some major breakfast nostalgia with her love for Eggo frozen waffles. Elevate Eleven&rsquos favorite snack with this mini chicken-and-waffles recipe.
Ingredients (Fried Chicken):
3 ½ pounds chicken breast, cut into 2 inch pieces
1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt, divided
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon onion powder
¾ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 ½ cups buttermilk
Extra virgin olive oil, for frying
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
5 large eggs
½ cup sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1 cup sour cream
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
Vegetable oil, for waffle iron
How to Make It (Fried Chicken):
1. Pat chicken dry with paper towels and sprinkle both sides with ½ teaspoon salt.
2. Let chicken come to room temperature (about 25 minutes).
3. In a large bowl, combine flour, garlic and onion powders, cayenne, black pepper and remaining teaspoon salt.
4. Pour buttermilk into another medium bowl.
5. Dredge chicken in flour mixture, making sure each piece is completely coated, then dip into the buttermilk.
6. Dredge once more in the flour mixture.
7. Place on a rimmed sheet pan lined with a wire rack.
8. Fill large, heavy-bottomed, high-sided pot with ¾ inch oil and place over medium heat.
9. Heat oil until deep-fry thermometer reads 325⁰F.
10. Carefully add chicken to pot without overcrowding.
11. Fry chicken, turning occasionally, for 12-18 minutes, until golden brown and cooked through.
12. The oil should maintain rapid bubbles and oil temperature should stay around 325⁰F.
13. Let chicken drain on paper towel-lined plate.
14. Drizzle with honey.
15. Sprinkle parsley onto chicken.
How to Make It (Waffles):
1. Beat eggs and sugar together for 5-8 minutes. When beater is lifted, it should trail a ribbon of batter.
2. Whisk together flour and salt.
3. With a spoon, alternately fold into the batter half of the flour mixture, the sour cream and finally the remaining flour mixture.
4. Lightly stir in melted butter.
5. Let batter sit for 10 minutes.
6. Heat nonstick waffle iron to medium high.
7. Brush with vegetable oil.
8. Pour batter into half of iron and cook until golden.
1. Layer fried chicken on waffle and top off with pickle slice.
2. Hold together with a small skewer or toothpick and serve.
THE HANDMAID&rsquoS TALE
MOIRA&rsquoS TRUFFLE MAC & CHEESE
Spoiler alert! Moira makes it to Canada in season two of The Handmaid&rsquos Tale and is welcomed to her newfound freedom with macaroni and cheese! Serve up these fancy appetizers in small, individual cast iron skillets.
1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
½ cup parmesan cheese, grated
3 tablespoons white truffle oil
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups half-and-half
¼ pound Swiss cheese, grated
¼ pound sharp Cheddar cheese, grated
¼ pound fontina cheese, grated
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
8 ounces elbow macaroni
How to Make It:
1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
2. Bring large pot of lightly salted water to a boil over medium heat and cook macaroni.
3. Drain pasta and set aside.
4. In small bowl, mix together breadcrumbs, parmesan and 1 tablespoon of truffle oil.
5. In large, heavy saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.
6. Add flour and whisk for about 3 minutes or until the mixture is thoroughly combined and forms a paste.
7. Whisk in half-and-half, bring to a simmer and cook for 3 minutes.
8. Stir in Swiss, cheddar and fontina cheeses and add mustard.
9. Remove sauce from heat when cheese has melted.
10. Stir in remaining truffle oil and season with salt and pepper to taste.
11. Add cooked pasta to cheese sauce.
12. Stir well.
13. Spoon macaroni and cheese into buttered 3 ½ inch iron skillets.
14. Top with breadcrumb mixture.
15. Bake for 20-25 minutes until breadcrumbs are golden brown.
BISON CHILI BITES
Nothing says &lsquowild west&rsquo like American Bison! Serve these tiny treats in corn chip scoops or in bowls with mini cornbread muffins.
1 pound lean ground bison (you can also make with ground beef or turkey)
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
2 cups chicken stock
15 ounce can diced fire-roasted tomatoes
1 small sweet potato, peeled and cut into small cubes
15 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 tablespoon chopped canned chipotle chiles in adobo
2 teaspoons ground cumin
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Corn chip cups
Cheddar cheese, sour cream, avocado, tomatoes, green onions, jalapeno and cilantro for topping.
How to Make It:
1. Preheat Dutch oven over medium-high heat.
2. Add meat, stirring occasionally until browned and cooked through.
3. Transfer to colander to drain any fat.
4. Return Dutch oven to heat and warm olive oil.
5. Add onion and bell pepper and sauté until it begins to brown.
6. Add garlic and stir until fragrant.
7. Add drained meat, chicken stock, tomatoes with their juices, sweet potato, black beans, chipotle chiles, cumin, ¼ teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper.
8. Bring to simmer, cover, reduce heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally until sweet potatoes are tender (about 20 minutes).
9. Spoon chili into corn chip bowls and add toppings.
THE QUEEN&rsquoS SCONES
No high tea is complete without a scone, clotted cream and a little jam. Channel your inner Queen Elizabeth with these regal bites.
1 cup self-raising flour
Pinch of salt
¼ cup butter
6 teaspoons caster sugar
10 tablespoons milk
1 egg, beaten
How to Make It:
1. Heat oven to 425⁰F.
2. Lightly grease baking sheet.
3. Mix together flour and salt and rub in the butter.
4. Stir in sugar and milk.
5. Place dough on floured work surface and knead very lightly.
6. Using a rolling pin, roll until dough is ¾ inch thick.
7. Use a 2 inch cookie cutter to stamp out rounds and place on baking sheet.
8. Brush the tops of the scones with beaten egg.
9. Bake for 12-15 minutes until well risen and golden.
10. Cool on a wire rack and serve with clotted cream and jam.
AMERICAN APPLE PIE
As Russian spies living in the United States, Philip and Elizabeth are living undercover and have to walk, talk and eat like Americans and what is more American than apple pie?
½ cup unsalted butter
3 ounces cream cheese
1 cup flour
Ingredients (Apple Pie Filling):
2 honeycrisp apples, peeled and diced into small pieces
½ cup light brown sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
Large pinch kosher salt
Large pinch of ground cardamom
Pinch freshly ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon cornstarch
¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
¼ teaspoon vanilla
½ cup light brown sugar, packed
½ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup toasted pecans, finely chopped
How to Make It (Crust):
1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.
2. Sift flour into a medium-sized bowl.
3. Cut butter into small cubes and add to flour.
4. Add cream cheese and cut butter and cheese into flour with two knives or a pastry blender. Continue until dough holds together.
5. Roll dough into a ball and divide into 24 little pieces.
6. Using a rolling pin, roll dough pieces out and lay into mini pie dish.
How to Make It (Apple Pie Filling):
1. Combine apples, sugar, lemon juice and spices in medium bowl.
2. Toss to coat evenly.
3. Add cornstarch and toss to coat evenly.
How to Make It (Crumble):
1. Stir vanilla into melted butter.
2. Add all remaining ingredients and stir with fork until moistened. They should hold together and then break into crumbles when squeezed in your hand.
1. Spoon a teaspoon of filling into each (unbaked) pastry shell.
2. Mound crumble onto each mini pie.
3. Bake in preheated oven 25-30 minutes or until the filling is bubbling around the edges and the crumble and pie crusts have begun to brown.
Game of Thrones
Winter Is Here Ice Cream
Winter isn't just coming, it's here! These tasty, chilled treats are totally "beyond the wall."
Vanilla ice cream
Red velvet cupcakes
How to Make It:
1. Fold red velvet cupcakes into ice cream until cake has crumbled and is sprinkled throughout.
2. Return ice cream to the freezer for several hours.
3. Using a small cookie dough scoop, add three scoops to tiny mason jars.
ET&rsquoS EMMY AWARDS BINGO
Download ET&rsquos printable Emmy Awards Bingo and play along as the festivities unfold. Up the ante with a prize for the big winner!