Celebrate Oscars night with food inspired by films up for Best Picture

It’s the Super Bowl for Hollywood this Sunday night when millions tune in for the Academy Awards.

And as the mushroom guys, we’re offering some recipe suggestions to show off your own dramatic flair for tasty mushroom dishes that fit the personality of each film nominated for Best Picture. They all include our oyster mushrooms, because as any cook knows, the secret to any good dish is fresh ingredients!

The envelope please …

American Hustle:
Warm Endive, Ramp, and Oyster Mushroom Salad

Just like the stars in this movie famous for its 70s backdrop, you’ll be hustling your party mates who will be left wondering …is this really a salad? It is.
And it stands up a whole lot better than Christian Bale’s hair bogged down by too many hair products.

Captain Phillips:
Oyster Mushroom Soup (Mock Tripe Soup)

This dish is so tasty, your friends will want to take it hostage. Wolf them down with coffee (what Tom Hanks drinks lots of on the ship) but no need to try your own fake Irish accent.

12 Years a Slave:
Oven Baked Chicken Tenders with Pickled Oyster Mushrooms and Ginger Carrot Salad

This is a true baker’s dozen (made with 12 chicken tenders). But read ‘baked’ …no pan fried here, even for a film straight out of the Bayou.

Dallas Buyers Club:
Cholesterol Busting Oyster Mushroom Okra Medley

Any Texan will recognize okra as a top food in the Lone Star State. But just because Matthew McCaughney was good at smuggling, don’t try it with these. They won’t last the trip.

Hmm, we don’t see much food (or drink) in this science fiction thriller. But at only 63 calories per serving, this is one dish that will practically float in space.

Marinated Tofu with Tahini Asparagus and Pearl Oyster Mushrooms

This dish will fit right in with the decor of the futuristic Los Angeles. And guests are sure to find it much more socially acceptable than dating a computer operating system.

We couldn’t suggest a recipe without potatoes for this British and Irish film. And anyone who’s proper will tell you how good they are.

Homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup

Just another soup with bleak coloring? No way. Mushrooms make this dish look like a million bucks!

The World of Wall Street:
Oyster Mushrooms Rockefeller

A vegan take on a rich, excessive classic. Be sure to pair it with an expensive wine.

Now it’s time to pick your own winner! Vote for your favorite recipe in the comments below. And happy cooking!

Mary Gorges for Back to the Roots

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