Three of my favorite movies from 2011, The Help, Midnight in Paris and Moneyball, were nominated in the categories of Best Motion Picture, Best Comedy, Best Actress in a Lead Role and Best Actor in a Lead Role, as well as a slew of other nominations. So to pay homage to these fabulous films, I'm making three delicious dishes inspired by the time period, the place and the themes of these movies. What better way to enjoy an awards show than with incredible eats inspired by movies?
The Help's fried chicken
The Help is based on the best selling novel by Kathryn Stockett, and takes place during the tumultuous 1960s civil rights era in still very segregated Southern Mississippi. The lead character, Skeeter, writes a book under an alias from the voice of the help, something that had never been done before. One of the greatest characters in the book and movie is Minny, a disgruntled maid who, among having a sassy attitude, makes some of the city's best fried chicken. Take yourself on a mental trip to the South with this mouth-watering version of Minny's fried chicken, oven baked, to cut calories and fat!
- 5 chicken drumsticks
- 1/4 cup buttermilk
- 3/4 cup flavored panko
- 1 teaspoon canjun seasoning
- Dashes salt and pepper
- 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and grease a baking dish with cooking spray.
- Pour buttermilk in a bowl and mix breadcrumbs, seasoning, salt, pepper and cheese onto a plate.
- Roll chicken in buttermilk then roll into the breadcrumbs liberally, covering the entire surface. Repeat until all the chicken has been covered. Place into greased baking pan and bake for 60 - 65 minutes until chicken is fully cooked.
Midnight in Paris's honey baked brie
Serves 4 - 6
This funny comedy, directed by Woody Allen, follows a group of Americans who travel to Paris for both business and pleasure. The film's plot centers around a screenwriter named Gil, who despite his growing dissatisfaction with his fiancee, Inez, becomes alive each night after midnight. The amazing thing about this movie is the setting -- Paris! It is the land of amazing food and drink and is the birthplace of one of my favorite types of cheese, brie. Enjoy a bit of the romance capital of the world with an ooegy gooey bite of honey baked brie.
- 1 wheel of brie, rind on
- 1/2 cup of honey
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a baking dish with cooking spray. Place brie in the dish and drizzle with honey. Bake for about 20 minutes or until cheese is melty. Serve with crackers and a glass of Champagne!
Moneyball's loaded hot dog
Moneyball, also based on a best selling novel of the same name by Michael Lewis, follows around the general manager of the Oakland Athletics, Billy, as he tries to overcome a losing season and build a more competitive team with the help of economics graduate, Peter. Using an equation that ranks players based on their base percentage (OBP), Billy hires underdog players instead of the big shots in order to prove his point -- that they will play stronger. What goes better with baseball than a juicy hot dog? Enjoy your favorite dog loaded with toppings while you watch this heartfelt true story.
- 2 kosher beef hot dogs, low-sodium
- 2 tablespoons pickle relish
- 1/4 cup lettuce
- 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon chopped onions
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 2 hot dog buns
- Boil about 3 cups of water in a pot. Place hot dogs into water and boil until cooked, about 4 - 6 minutes. Remove from water.
- Using a sharp knife, cut hot dogs right down the middle and place in buns. Scoop lettuce, tomatoes, onions and pickle relish into the hot dogs. Top with mustard and enjoy with an ice cold beer.