An Appetizer Inspired by the Oscars

Because if you're going to start drinking at 4PM for the pre-show, you're going to need snacks if you want to make it to the main event.

There are few things in life that I love more than award shows and the Oscars are THE Super Bowl of fashion. There's really no better reason to drink champagne all afternoon and critique the stars than the Oscars. But if you're starting at 4P like me, you need to remember that it's a marathon, not a sprint, and you need to throw some snacks with your cocktails. 

That's why I'm sharing the easiest and most delicious appetizer that I've created especially for the Oscars. It's a spicy tuna flatbread with an Academy Awards twist. 

The recipe comes from Guy Fieri but don't hold that against me. It's fantastic. 

Start by mixing all the following ingredients in a bowl to create your tuna topping:

Tuna Salad: 
2 teaspoons mayonnaise
2 teaspoons sour cream 
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon Siracha (Asian hot sauce)
2 to 3 dashes sesame oil
Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
1/3 pound maguro (sushi-grade tuna)*

Now don't freak out when you see sushi-grade tuna. It's easy to find. You can call your favorite sushi restaurant and place an order for tuna sashimi (I called Lemongrass and ordered the tuna sashimi for $12) or if you want a better deal, you can pick up a block of sushi-grade tuna at Tensuke Japanese Market at 1167 Henderson Road for under $8. Slice your tuna into 1/4 inch pieces and mix with the other ingredients above.

For the next step, you can make your own dough from scratch like Guy Fieri or you can buy some flatbread from the grocery store like I did and save yourself the hassle. And the real secret to my presentation is the cookie cutter I used to cut the flatbread into an Academy Awards statue. I purchased this particular cookie cutter from Columbus Cake Craft, a hidden gem and family-owned business at 5438 Cleveland Avenue. They have everything you could ever need to bake or decorate a cake but they also have hundreds of cookie cutters like the skull & bones and flamingo cookie cutters below.

I found this groom cookie cutter for $1.00 and it's pretty close to an Oscar statue, if I do say so myself. 

With the help of the cookie cutter, I easily cut slices of flatbread which I browned under the broiler for a few minutes per side, just until toasted. But you'll need to keep a close eye on your bread because it can go from perfectly browned to burnt in just seconds. 

How cute are these? When they're cool enough to handle, top them with the tuna salad. 

And if you really want to add some flair, you can top them with some microgreens (I used baby arugula), and some aged balsamic vinegar. And there you have it. These are the easiest Academy Awards appetizers that are colorful, tasty, and sure to impress your guests.