9 Elegant Finger Foods for the Oscars

These are simple and elegant, like your favorite Oscars outfit

One of the best parts of February is the Academy Awards: the glitz, the sparkle, the chance to put together an amazing spread for my Oscar-watching party. In years past I’ve done food to honor the nominated films (an Indian feast the year Slumdog Millionaire was the favorite was a particular success), but this year, I’ve decided to take my celebration back to the glamour and style of Hollywood’s golden years—think elegant, retro sophistication, a la Audrey and Bogey.

And so those of us in the SAVEUR test kitchen came up with sophisticated takes on some of our favorite finger foods, from beet tartare served in endive leaves to truffle-dusted caramel popcorn. These elegant hors d’oeuvres are beautiful and impressive, while still remaining uncomplicated enough that you’ll have plenty of time to keep your attention on the TV, not the oven. And the award goes to…

Beet “Tartare”

Beet “Tartare”

Earthy roasted beets are brightened by fresh orange zest and tangy balsamic in this clever appetizer, which looks beautiful presented in individual endive spears. Get the recipe for Beet “Tartare” »

Smoked Salmon with Fromage Blanc, Chives, and Pickled Celery

Smoked Salmon with Fromage Blanc, Chives, and Pickled Celery

Pickled celery balances the subtleness of fromage blanc in a simple and elegant canapé. Get the recipe for Smoked Salmon with Fromage Blanc, Chives, and Pickled Celery »

Shallot and Pancetta Pizzettes

Shallot and Pancetta Pizzettes

These ultra-crisp tortilla pizzettes can be topped with just about any ingredient, but we like them topped with creme fraiche, shallot, and pancetta, a flavor profile not unlike Alsatian tarte flambee. Get the recipe for Shallot and Pancetta Pizzettes »

Earl Grey and Lavender Chocolate Truffles

Infused with subtle floral aromas and rolled in earthy-sweet almonds, these are a sophisticated take on the classic chocolate truffle. Get the recipe for Earl Grey and Lavender Chocolate Truffles »

Infused with subtle floral aromas and rolled in earthy-sweet almonds, these are a sophisticated take on the classic chocolate truffle. Get the recipe for Earl Grey and Lavender Chocolate Truffles »

Salmon Tartare

A simple mix of soy sauce, mirin, and cilantro flavors meltingly tender salmon for an elegant appetizer that requires very little prep time. Get the recipe »

A simple mix of soy sauce, mirin, and cilantro flavors meltingly tender salmon for an elegant appetizer that requires very little prep time. Get the recipe for Salmon Tartare »

Pecan Cheese Wafers

Pecans lightly brushed with egg whites are baked into cheesy, buttery wafers with a touch of chile flakes. Get the recipe for Pecan Cheese Wafers »

The recipe for these crisp, spicy crackers is adapted from The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen (Clarkson Potter, 2013). Get the recipe for Pecan Cheese Wafers »

Stuffed Pepperoncini with Smoked Salmon

Stuffed Pepperoncini with Smoked Salmon

Spicy, briny, creamy, and salty, this simple, retro-inspired appetizer is an unabashed crowd-pleaser. Get the recipe for Stuffed Pepperoncini with Smoked Salmon »

White Truffle-Pistachio Caramel Corn

This decadent take on caramel corn is a no-holds-barred combination of earthy white truffles, salty pistachios, and rich caramel. See the recipe for White Truffle-Pistachio Caramel Corn »

This decadent take on caramel corn is a no-holds-barred combination of earthy white truffles, salty pistachios, and rich caramel. Get the recipe for White Truffle-Pistachio Caramel Corn »

Chocolate Amaretti Truffles

Amaretto, coffee, and crushed almond cookies flavor rich dark chocolate truffles. Get the recipe for Chocolate Amaretti Truffles »

Amaretto, coffee, and crushed almond cookies flavor rich dark chocolate truffles in an adaptation of Julia Child’s recipe from her classic cookbook, The Way to Cook. Get the recipe for Chocolate Amaretti Truffles »