Academy Awards Inspired Foods

I love any reason to party, and a Hollywood themed Academy Awards Watch Party sounds like a perfect excuse to invite friends, make some cocktails and serve some Hollywood themed foods! This year I am doing a Biscuit Bar, because what could be better than tiny sandwiches?… tiny buttery biscuits filled with fried chicken (and truffle honey), a BLT Biscuit, or a Pimento Cheese Biscuit. It’s inspired by the movie ‘Fences’ with Denzel Washington and Viola Davis and she makes homemade biscuits for her son. I made my biscuits from scratch, trust me they are easy, although a little time consuming, and your kitchen will be a mess. So you can always buy the biscuit dough, but there’s no mistaking that store bought taste. Serve with my La La Land Cocktail and your evening just got better. Cheers!

Buttermilk Biscuits

4 cups of all purpose flour

1 tsp salt

1 tsp sugar

1 tbsp baking powder

2 sticks butter, cut into small cubes and kept in the fridge until ready to use

2 cups low fat buttermilk (if you don’t have any, add 2 tbsp of lemon juice or white vinegar to your milk and stir. After a couple minutes the milk will curdle slightly and voila! you have homemade buttermilk)

Directions:

In a mixing bowl, sift the dry ingredients.  Add the butter and, using your hands, crumble the flour and butter together until combined (little pea sized balls of butter should remain).  Add the milk and knead until a soft dough forms.  Plop out onto a floured surface and knead until dough doesn’t stick to your fingers.  Roll into an oval, 1.5 inch thick shape.  IMPORTANT: Dip your cutter into flour, then press straight down into the dough and straight up.  If you twist at the bottom, it will prevent the biscuits from rising.  Bake at 350 degrees for 12-16 minutes until puffy and golden.  You’ll want butter and jam (or bacon) handy, they’re absolutely addictive.

Fried Chicken Biscuit Sandwich with Truffle Honey

Homemade Pimento Cheese

2 cups sharp shredded cheddar cheese (honestly, Cracker Barrel sharp Cheddar is the best for this recipe)

1 roasted red bell pepper, peeled and diced (can use jarred pimento)

10 sliced pickled jalapeños, diced

1/4 sweet onion, diced

1/4 cup mayonnaise

salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Combine all the ingredients and stir until combined. Refrigerate for an hour before serving

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