Easy Awards Night Dinner Party

With the Oscars approaching I pulled together some great and easy recipes for your awards party!

Easy Recipes

  1. Ruby Red Grapefruit Basil Martini

grapefruit and basil martini

Recipe is one drink.


4 oz fresh squeezed red grapefruit

2 oz vodka

1 basil leaf – minced and ground

1 basil leaf for garnish

1/2 tsp simple syrup


For simple syrup: add 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 C water to saucepan and heat on medium. Stir until the sugar dissolves, a couple minutes, and then remove from heat (there will be a great deal of simple syrup left over for other drinks).

Mince and grind one basil leaf.

To shaker add ice, vodka, squeezed red grapefruit juice, minced basil, and simple syrup. Shake and then pour through strainer into a martini glass straight up or on ice.

2.   Easy Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots

Chef Jamie inspired Sue to cook her easy but awesome bacon wrapped tater tots.



16 oz package of apple smoked thick cut bacon.

16 oz package of frozen tater tots.

brown sugar.


Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.

Pour ample amount of brown sugar on a plate.

Cut bacon strips in half.

Wrap each tater tot with 1/2 strip of bacon.

Roll bacon wrapped tater tot in brown sugar.


Shake off excess brown sugar.

Place tater tots on sided backing sheet (so bacon grease is contained) seam side down.

Bake at 400 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.


2. Pull Pork Sliders

Pull Pork Slider


4 lbs boneless pork shoulder

1 large onion sliced into thin rounds

1 C chicken stock (canned)

1 C coke

3/4 C BBQ sauce

2 cloves garlic – minced

1 Tbsp chipotle sauce

1 tsp chili pwder

1/2 tsp liquid smoke

1/2 tsp dried cumin

1/2 tsp salt

dash pepper

24 Slider buns

For Coleslaw:

1 ten oz package of pre-shreded cabbage

1 carrot cleaned and sliced into small thin juliennes

3 green onions – sliced

Salt and pepper to taste

Combine and mix coleslaw mixture and then add 1/8 cup Italian dressing.

Mix and refrigerate.

For Cuban Beans:

Make a real hard bean recipe or buy  a few cans of Cuban Black Beans.

Pulled Pork Preparation:

In your Ninja Cooking system (or in fry pan) add 1 Tbsp olive oil and saute onions.

Add pork to Ninja (or add pork and onions to slow cooker)

In mixing bowl add all other ingredients and stir to mix.

Add contents of mixing bowl to pork and onions pouring it over the pork. Lift the pork up to get mixture underneath.

Turn Ninja onto to slow cooker – low heat and figure out something to do for the next 7 hours.

When fully cooked remove pork and use forks to shred. Spoon some of the awesome cooking sauce and onions over the plate of pork and serve with side of coleslaw, black beans, and slider buns.

3.  Monica’s Killer Easy But Awesome Fruit Salad

show stealing fruit platter


1 pineapple

fresh cherries

fresh blackberries

fresh raspberries

cantaloupe – cubed


Step 1: At the base of the pineapple crown cut straight across the crown (plume of leaves) taking about a half inch of pineapple so the leaves stay together. Reserve the crown for use as the center of fruit tray

Step 2: Cut pineapple in half lengthwise.

Step 3: Half each half lengthwise to create four equal pineapple sections.

Step 4: Slice down the center on an angle to remove the core (this results in a long triangular piece for each quarter being removed)

Step 5: Use a medium sized knife to knife to fillet cut around the shell and free the fruit in one piece.

Step 6: Put the piece back in the shell and slice lengthwise down each quarter (taking care not to slice the shell) and then slice crosswise to create bite sized pieces of fruit sitting freely on top of the shell.

Step 7: Place the crown on a large platter, and then position the pineapple quarters like spokes.

Step 8: Fill the voids between quarters with cherries, blackberries, raspberries, and cantaloupe.

And that’s all there is to stealing the show with your easy but beautiful fruit dish platter.

Enjoy the show and dinner!

Good Eating and Table Talk,


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