Host Your Own Governors Ball
Are you planning an Oscar-viewing party this year? With these delicious and tasty recipes, you can host your own Governors Ball.
Wolfgang Puck will be serving two salmon hors d'oeuvres: smoked salmon "Oscars" with dill crème fraiche and caviar as well as smoked salmon "pizza" cones. Quick, easy and savory, guests will love how much flavor these salmon pinwheel appetizers pack.
Get the recipe: Salmon Pinwheels
Kale and Apple Salad with Pancetta and Candied Pecans
Guests of the Governors Ball will be served kale salad with grilled artichoke and lemon vinaigrette. For a similar kale dish, try this elegant, savory salad full of healthy and fresh ingredients.
Get the recipe: Kale and Apple Salad with Pancetta and Candied Pecans
Roasted Garlic Guacamole with Garnishes
If Puck's kombu chip and edamame guacamole sounds appealing, this guacamole recipe is a great quick alternative. Pair with a side of pita chips or fresh veggies.
Get the recipe: Roasted Garlic Guacamole with Garnishes
Bacon-Wrapped Rice Cakes with a Jalapeno Ponzu
2,750 bacon-wrapped dates will be served on Sunday after the Oscars. We love these zesty bacon-wrapped rice cakes with a spicy jalapeno ponzu.
Get the recipe: Bacon-Wrapped Rice Cakes with a Jalapeno Ponzu
Bacon and Gorgonzola Cornbread Sliders with Chipotle Mayo
For the 1,500 guests of the Governors Ball, Puck put mini kobe-style burgers with aged cheddar and remoulade on the menu. For your guests, make these gourmet bacon and gorgonzola sliders.
Get the recipe: Bacon and Gorgonzola Cornbread Sliders with Chipotle Mayo
Mashed Potato Spring Rolls
While Puck will be serving baked potato and caviar, we love these fun and unexpected appetizers for your Oscar-viewing party. When mashed potatoes are involved, you can never go wrong.
Get the recipe: Mashed Potato Spring Rolls
For a delicious vegetarian-friendly version of Puck's shrimp fritters, experiment with these zucchini fritters.
Get the recipe: Zucchini Fritters
Puck may be offering duck wontons with orange mustard, but butternut-squash-and-sage wontons are absolute crowd-pleasers with sweet, savory and zesty flavor.
Get the recipe: Butternut-Squash-and-Sage Wontons
Rodriguez Mac and Cheese
This beloved macaroni and cheese dish is topped with grated Reggiano parmesan cheese and ready in 30 minutes or less. Compare it to Puck's truffle macaroni and cheese.
Get the recipe: Rodriguez Mac and Cheese
Asian Pear and Arugula Salad with Goat Cheese
Serve this dish (similar to the Japanese baby peach salad served at the Governors Ball) tossed in a dressing of olive oil, lemon juice, honey and chopped thyme.
Get the recipe: Asian Pear and Arugula Salad with Goat Cheese
No-Bake Raspberry-Lemon Bars
For dessert, the Governors Ball menu features yuzu-lemon bars. For entertaining at home, this no-bake raspberry-lemon bar option is quite possibly one of the easiest treats to prepare. Just make sure you whip them up in the morning so they have time to refrigerate and set.
Get the recipe: No-Bake Raspberry-Lemon Bars
Creamy Lemon Squares
Like the no-bake raspberry-lemon bars or the yuzu-lemon bars, these creamy lemon squares offer a burst of intense flavor and are a perfect way to end your Academy Awards-viewing party.
Get the recipe: Creamy Lemon Squares
Dark Chocolate Truffles
Another dessert you may want to make in advance only requires three ingredients! Coat these dark chocolate truffles in shaved almonds or nuts of your choice and serve them with toothpicks. These make great treats in place of Puck's violet velvet truffles.
Get the recipe: Dark Chocolate Truffles
Red Velvet Cupcakes
For a related dessert, make these red velvet cupcakes at home. Topped with cream cheese frosting, serve these with a fresh cup of coffee at the end of the evening.
Get the recipe: Red Velvet Cupcakes
Check out these cocktails that pair perfectly with the dishes on your viewing-party menu. They will keep all of your guests in high spirits throughout the show.
The Blue Steel
Fresh lime and passion fruit juices help create a sweet and invigorating drink.
Get the recipe: The Blue Steel
Who can resist a dazzling pink drink? Grenadine, orange juice, brandy, vermouth and a touch of creme de menthe blend together to create a sweet, fruity martini.
Get the recipe: American Beauty
Haymaker's Ginger Switchel
This non-alcoholic beverage packs powerful flavor into every sip. To spike, try a splash of vodka or gin.
Get the recipe: Haymaker's Ginger Switchel
This coffee comes with a little kick of cinnamon, orange zest and dark rum.
Get the recipe: Smuggler's Coffee
The Oscars are right around the corner, and if you are playing host, consider a menu based on the food at this year's Governors Ball, a celebration after the Oscars. The Governors Ball menu, created by Wolfgang Puck with Chef Matt Bencivenga, features appetizers like duck wontons, small plates such as chicken pot pie with black truffles and baked potato and caviar, sushi and desserts including huckleberry macarons.
Get a taste of what it is like at the elegant after-party by preparing dishes based on the cuisine of the Governors Ball. Check out the slideshow above to learn how!
For more hosting tips, check out Throw the Ultimate Award Show Watch Party from our friends at Homesessive, and visit Moviefone for a great printable Oscars ballot or StyleList for a fun Oscars style ballot.