Oscar de Hors d’ouvres

The Oscars are here! The Oscars are here! Mostly I will be celebrating the day with an early St. Patty’s Day menu (of beef pot pies, potato soup, and soda bread). But you might actually want some finger food ideas. So here are some, and they are just about brainless.


  1. In a food processor, blend together 2 sticks room-temperature butter and 2 ounces grated, extra-sharp cheddar.
  2. Add 2 cups flour and 2 cups brown rice crisp cereal. Process again.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon favorite hot sauce (ours hails from The Fly Trap restaurant in Detroit) and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Process again, until an incorporated dough.
  4. Drop dough by mini-teaspoon-fulls onto ungreased cookie sheets and bake at 325F for 15 minutes, all in one batch.
  5. Turn off oven, leave the crackers inside, and let sit overnight.


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, 1 tablespoon chopped oregano, 1 tablespoon chopped parsley, 2 minced cloves garlic, 1 teaspoon lemon zest, 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
  2. Toss in 1 pound raw, thawed shrimp, peeled (optional with tail on).
  3. Let marinate in fridge for at least an hour.
  4. Heat a non-stick pan until very hot, then dump in shrimp and cook just until all pink.
  5. Remove with a slotted spoon and serve hot or cool, with lemon wedges and drizzled with olive oil.


  1. In a food processor, combine 1 cup room temperature butter, 1 cup honey, 1 cup cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and optional 2 teaspoon chocolate extract.
  2. Taste and add cocoa to taste.
  3. Line a baking pan with parchment paper and spread with fudge. Refrigerate until set. Serve cut into cubes, chilled. (It will melt when it warms up.)


  1. Melt 2 tablespoons butter and stir in 2 tablespoons dried rosemary, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes.
  2. Toss butter with 2 cups walnuts until coated and spread on a cookie sheet.
  3. Bake at 350F for 10 minutes and once cooled, store in an air-tight container (for long term, in the fridge).

One thought on “Oscar de Hors d’ouvres

  1. The Rawtarian has a similar recipe for easy fudge involving chocolate-cravings and stirring in front of the TV, which just substituted coconut oil for the butter, and leaves out the vanilla, salt and chocolate extract. Great idea! And might even better outside the fridge, depending on the oil used. (Although I wouldn’t omit the salt, etc. for a larger batch).

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