14 Mouthwatering and Elegant Snacks & Cocktails for Your Awards Show Party

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Photo credit: Rachael Ray Show Aired February 26, 2016

The biggest night in cinema is coming up this Sunday, and if you’re gathering with friends to check out the styles on the red carpet and see who takes home the statuettes, read on for 14 delicious snacks and cocktails your fellow movie buffs will love!

No. 1: Parisian-Style Popcorn

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What better to pair with the movies’ biggest night than popcorn? High quality French butter and herbes de Provence make this mouthwatering snack “Parisian.” Rach also adds Parmesan cheese, because, why not?

No. 2: Michael Symon’s Fried Potatoes With Pulled Pork and Cleveland-Style BBQ Sauce

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For this dish, Michael Symon coats a pork shoulder with a dry rub and leaves it overnight in the fridge to cure. He then cooks it low and slow in the oven for about five hours, and shreds when done. Next, he makes a delicious mustard-based barbeque sauce which he tosses with the pulled pork. Then, he breaks up mashed potatoes then drops them into a countertop fryer to make crunchy, pillowy potato bites. Finally, he piles the potatoes and pork on a platter and tops with green onions and cheese – amazing!

No. 3: Hit The Spot-light Sliders

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Rach makes this “Boston” style burger with ground sirloin mixed with a splash of whiskey, and tops with cheese. She mixes bacon, Worcestershire sauce and scallions into canned baked beans, then heaps generously over the burger before topping chopped sweet pickles and a bun. Delish!

No. 4: Michael Symon’s Beer Cocktail

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This sweet and spicy cocktail features Aperol, bourbon and ginger beer with a twist of lemon. Cheers!

No. 5: Buddy Valastro's White Chocolate Popcorn

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For our second popcorn recipe, this treat from the Cake Boss Buddy Valastro is the perfect blend of salty and sweet.

No. 6: Fabio Viviani’s Vanilla Fritters with Prosecco

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These easy but still extremely elegant bite-sized desserts are perfect to set on the coffee table before the show. Upping the class factor, Fabio whips prosecco into his dipping cream!

No. 7: Anne Burrell’s Chef Anne Sparkler

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This refreshing citrus-infused cocktail is reminiscent of an Aperol spritz, and is the perfect beverage to hand your guests as they walk in the door.

No. 8: Monique Negrete's Enchilada Jalapeño Poppers

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These crowdpleasing jalapeno poppers are super easy to make and eat. Warning – they might distract your guests from the show!

No. 9: Garlic Naan Flat Bread Pizza with Mushrooms

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These delicious little pizzas are actually good for you! Rach cooks down mushrooms and greens to concentrate the flavor, then layers then onto garlicky naan bread with a smoky cumin-infused cheese on top. Delish!

No. 10: Tzatziki Dip

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This simple dip is delicious and also good for you. Just mix low-fat Greek yogurt with dill, garlic, lemon juice and cucumber and serve with veggies or chips.

No. 11: Eve’s Answer

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Mixologist Charles Joly calls this tasty drink a “cool weather version of a margarita.” The cocktail features reposado tequila, apple cider, fresh lemon juice and spiced raisin syrup served over cranberry and sweet vermouth ice. Sign us up!

No. 12: Baked Ricotta with Pistachios

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This cheese-ball-like snack is made by mixing ricotta, parmesan and pistachios with herbs and flavorings, then baking. Top with roasted grapes or tomatoes before serving.

No. 13: White Beans and Rosemary Crostini

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This delicious but simple dip is made by rendering pancetta in a pan, then adding rosemary, garlic, lemon juice and white beans and mashing the beans a little with a wooden spoon. Serve on toasted sliced baguette.

No. 14: Molassacre Punch

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For this yummy party drink, Charles blends Jamaican rum, red wine, fresh lemon juice, a bit of red currant jelly and a homemade green tea-ginger syrup. Bottoms up!

Who are you rooting for this Sunday? Share below, and watch Michael Symon make his delicious potato and pork dish below!

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