Hosting or attending a viewing party in honor of Hollywood’s biggest night of the year? Whether you’re hosting a group of friends to stargaze at the red carpet fashions or bringing a dish to an informal, potluck party, these movie-inspired dishes, made with 100% Florida orange juice, are sure to win rave reviews from guests!
Crafty Entertaining Tips:
- Keep the menu simple, yet flavorful. Tonight isn’t the night to try out an over-the-top, new dish!
- Serve your dishes buffet-style, allowing you and your guests to eat, drink and mingle the night away — all while watching the big show!
- Buffet-style doesn’t have to mean boring. Play up the glamour of the night by bringing out your shiniest serving pieces. The more glitz and sparkle, the better. Adorn a black tablecloth with tea lights and small vases of white roses dusted with a little gold glitter.
Florida Orange-Infused Wisconsin Cheddar and Beer Fondue
(An All-American, 1970’s classic for Best Picture, Actor and Actress)
½ cup Florida orange juice
½ cup Pilsner beer
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 ½ cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
½ cup Swiss cheese, shredded
2 tablespoons heavy cream
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons dry mustard powder
1 teaspoon Florida orange zest, chopped
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon Original TABASCO® brand Pepper Sauce
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
Parley, for garnish
Toasted bread cubes
Combine orange juice and beer in medium saucepan; whisk in cornstarch. Add rest of ingredients; heat over medium-low heat while stirring constantly with wire whisk. Heat until cheese is completely melted. To serve, place fondue in fondue pot or serving dish; garnish with parsley. Serve with toasted bread cubes for dipping.
Southwestern Orange-BBQ Chicken Flatbread
(A cowboy favorite for Best Picture, Actor, and Screenplay)
2 cups Florida orange juice, divided
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
3 garlic cloves, minced, divided
2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1/2 cup yellow onion, finely diced
2 cups barbecue sauce
8 ounces uncooked prepared pizza dough
1 cup Monterey jack cheese, shredded
½ cup sour cream
½ cup cilantro, chopped
2 green onions, thinly sliced
In large zipper-seal plastic bag, place 1 cup orange juice, 2 tablespoons olive oil, one-half minced garlic and a dash of salt and pepper. Seal tightly; shake to combine ingredients. Add chicken; seal tightly and marinate refrigerator for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove chicken from marinade; discard marinade. Grill chicken until fully cooked; cool. Cut chicken into thin strips; reserve.
In small saucepan, heat remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onions; sauté until soft. Add remaining one-half minced garlic and 1 cup orange juice; simmer for 3 to 4 minutes. Whisk in barbecue sauce and simmer for 5 minutes; remove from heat and cool.
Preheat oven to 425° F. Grease two baking sheets. Dust counter with flour. Divide pizza dough in half. Use a rolling pin to roll out one-half of dough into rectangular shape approximately 1/8-inch thick. Gently place dough onto baking sheet; repeat with remaining one-half dough. Bake sheets of flatbread dough for 5 to 8 minutes; flip over with spatula or tongs and bake additional 5 to 8 minutes. Spread about ¾-cup barbecue sauce onto each flatbread. Divide chicken strips and cheese among two flatbreads; return to oven and bake for 15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the crust is golden. Remove flatbreads from oven and place on cutting board; cool for about 4 to 6 minutes. Garnish with dollops of sour cream; sprinkle with cilantro and green onions. Cut and serve immediately.
New York Chocolate- Florida Orange Cheesecake
(A New York City-inspired dessert for Best Picture, Director, and Actor)
1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs
¾ cup salted butter, melted
1 ¾ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup heavy cream, chilled
12 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
¾ cup sugar
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 tablespoons Florida orange juice
2 teaspoons orange zest, chopped
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup Florida orange segments, seeded
Shaved chocolate, for garnish
Combine graham cracker crumbs and melted butter in bowl; mix well. Press mixture into bottom of springform pan or 12-inch pie pan. Refrigerate.
Melt chocolate in microwave-safe bowl at medium-high power level for 30 seconds at a time, stirring frequently, until melted. Cool.
In clean mixing bowl, whip heavy cream to stiff peaks; chill.
Combine cream cheese, sugar and unsalted butter in mixing bowl; beat with mixer on medium speed until blended and smooth. Turn mixer down to low speed; mix in melted chocolate, orange juice, orange zest, vanilla extract and salt.
Gently fold whipped cream into chocolate mixture. Pour mixture on top of prepared graham cracker crust. Refrigerate for at least 1½ hours or preferably overnight. Garnish with fresh orange segments and shaved chocolate.