Six Movie and Recipe Pairings Perfect for Awards Season
It’s officially winter, which means that indoor activities are on the menu for at least another few months. (Unless you can swing a trip to a sunny, warm, beachy destination!) But on the bright side, January also brings with it awards season—and plenty of opportunities to discover critically acclaimed movies both new and old. So fire up the oven, snuggle up on the couch, and ring in awards season with these Oscar and Golden Globe nominees—each paired with our picks for Best Supporting Recipes.
A colorful recipe like this is the perfect pairing for Barbie, one of 2023’s most colorful—and most celebrated—films. A full sheet pan of roasted eggplant, bell peppers, red onions, and cherry tomatoes pairs wonderfully with our rich, spicy Calabrian chili tuna, chickpeas, orzo, and freshly wilted spinach. It’s a Technicolor-bright dish fit for Barbie’s eye-popping color palette.
Our Yellowfin Tuna and Artichoke Pasta is among our most special and elevated pasta recipes, making it an excellent pairing for an icon of Italian-American cinema—and food on film. In Martin Scorcese’s Goodfellas, food is almost a supporting character in its own right; it just makes sense to spend a little extra time lovingly preparing a pasta dish to enjoy as you watch. (For safety reasons, please don’t slice the garlic with a razor blade like Paulie.)
Pasta puttanesca is a stone cold classic, and it deserves a movie on the same level. While many films now considered classics have earned Best Picture Oscar nominations, few have stood the test of time quite like Sunset Boulevard. It’s every bit as compelling and darkly hilarious as it was in 1950. If you’ve never seen it, you’re in for a real treat—especially with a big bowl of pasta puttanesca as your date.
When you can’t book a trip to a warm climate, sometimes it helps to remind yourself that it could almost always be colder. The frigid, windswept, borderline Arctic-looking landscapes and near-comical winter costuming in Fargo fit the bill perfectly. It’s also just plain fun to watch, which is why we paired it with our Tuna Caesar Salad with Chickpea Croutons. Much like Fargo, this recipe is a twist on a classic that’s sure to become an instant favorite. Plus, it’ll make you appreciate living somewhere warm enough to eat salad in winter.
For a fun movie night, queue up 2004’s wine-snob comedy Sideways and prepare our Niçoise Charcuterie Platter. Finger food and movies just make sense together, and this deconstructed version of salade niçoise is a slightly more elegant take on a classic meat-and-cheese board. Between Sideways’ obvious wine theme and the bright, briny flavors of this charcuterie platter, we think you’ll agree that this pairing is best served with wine. (But not Merlot!)
What’s better than gathering friends around your living room for snacks and a movie? If you figure it out, please let us know. Mad Max: Fury Road is a great choice to amp up a crowd, and this fun, colorful, veggie-heavy snack spread has the energy to match. Plus, the bright orange romesco calls to mind the orange sandscapes of George Miller’s 2015 smash hit.