Craving > A Tribute to Brad Pitt and My Academy Award Recipe Round-Up

by heidi on February 23, 2012

FoodieCrush Mini Hot Dog Rolls

Paparazzi-chased limousines and never-ending flash of camera flashes. Form-fitted, haute couture-dressed beauties dripping in diamonds floating down the cascading red carpet. Acceptance speeches that have been rehearsed and rehearsed and rehearsed because, “It’s just an honor to be nominated.” Uh-huh. We’ve heard that one before.

Mini Hot Dog Rolls |

The Academy Awards telecast is one of my favorite TV nights of the year, when the pomp and circumstance of Oscar’s big night and the celebrity falderal come front and center and we cheer—and jeer—the winners and the losers of Hollywood’s biggest popularity contest.

Which makes it the perfect night for us to pop some champers ourselves, invite some friends over and party like the Hollywood royalty we aren’t.

Who will be the big winner? It’s anyone’s guess with Vegas bookies as nervously sweaty about the odds as the ravenous, 10-day cleanse-ed actresses starvingly awaiting Wolfgang’s braised short ribs to be served.

For me, I have my odds-on favorite to win and a recipe to honor it in all the glory it’s leading man and his abs deserves.

Ever since the 1996 Golden Globes, when Brad—yeah, we’re on a first name basis, just don’t tell my husband—won the award for Best Supporting Actor and thanked his “love o’ my life, the angel Gwyneth Paltrow”—oh, if only that had worked out—I have been rooting for the poor little guy who just can’t catch a break to win at The Big Show. Maybe this will be his coup de grace, the one thing that will put him on a cover of a magazine.

So what’s my tribute to the big night?

I’m pairing Brad Pitt’s heart and soul that became the Best Picture-nominated movie Moneyball with my must-have at any baseball game: the illustrious Hot Dog, glammed up with puff pastry, smokey mustard and herbs. A dressed-up version that is so simple to make and perfect for serving a crowd.

Mini Hot Dog Rolls

Yield: makes 16 rolls

Mini Hot Dog Rolls


1 pound package frozen puff pastry, I use Pepperidge Farms
flour, for dusting
1 egg, beaten
8 uncooked jumbo all-beef kosher hot dogs or chicken sausage, cut in half crosswise
1 tablespoon smokey or grainy mustard
small handful herbs such as thyme, marjoram or chopped rosemary
kosher salt


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  2. Defrost puff pastry according to package instructions. Roll the pastry out on a floured counter to a rectangle of about 19” x 12”. Cut the large rectangle in half lengthwise, then cut both smaller rectangles into eight equal sections down to 16 rectangles total.
  3. Spread a small amount of mustard on top 1/3 of each pastry rectangle. Lay a piece of hot dog or sausage on mustard and sprinkle with herb of choice. Brush the other end of the rectangle with a little of the beaten egg and roll the sausage up in the pastry, sealing the ends. Put the sausage rolls in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes for the pastry to chill.
  4. Remove from the refrigerator and prick with a fork, brush with the rest of the beaten egg, sprinkle with kosher salt and bake in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the pastry has turned a golden brown and looks crisp. Remove from the oven and serve warm or at room temperature with more mustard.

inspired by Lorraine Pascale


Every party needs a dressed up table, and this is a completely amazingly designed full package nod to Oscar that you MUST check out. Party decor, invitations, drink tags and your much-needed Oscar ballet, Twig and Thistle has done all of the work for you with these amazingly fun and oh-so-greatly designed download-ready printables, ready to rock your party to the stars.

I loved putting this compete Best Picture Oscar-inspired dinner menu together with a cheers to 2012′s movie-making greatness, some fabulous food bloggers recipes and a long night of acceptance speeches, devoured below.

The Novice Chef’s Homemade Soft Pretzels create new and happier memories with the movie Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Kitchen Runway’s Herb and Parmesan French Fries are a savoury homage to Midnight In Paris

The Spinning Plate’s Endive Apple and Mache Salad emblemizes the organic moviemaking ways and message of The Tree of Life

Zoom Yummy’s Loaded Potato Soup is simple in its roots but elevated with the nomination of War Horse

Best Recipes Evar’s Hawaiian Chicken BBQ puts a little hula hula in George Clooney’s The Descendents

The Cooking Bride’s Not So Terrible Awful Chocolate Pie brings out delicious naughty thoughts like in The Help

Tidy Mom’s Homemade Moon Pies shoots us on a Voyage to the Moon in the fanciful homage in Hugo

Bakingdom’s Black and White Cookies makes us cheer out loud for The Artist

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{ 44 comments… read them below or add one }

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga February 23, 2012 at 1:26 am

You’re the second blog in one day I’ve seen pigs in a blanket on like that…and prior to this, I had not thought about those since childhood!

I am also sooo out of the loop with awards shows and such…If I watch tv, it’s Bravo or the E channel. Movies? What are those? :)


Becca@learnasyougocook February 23, 2012 at 5:58 am

I love the idea of a academy award roundup. Your posts are always awesome. But this got me excited :)


heidi February 23, 2012 at 1:22 pm

This is the nicest comment! Thanks for sharing your excitement. Is it for Brad Pitt or the Oscars :) ?


Krista February 23, 2012 at 8:44 am

Love this post, Heidi! Almost as much as I love Brad and the Oscars :)

Remember when we saw Brad back in Thelma and Louise . . . “Who was THAT??”


heidi February 23, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Ahhh Brad. He won my heart in River Runs Through It. Man oh man…


Cassie February 23, 2012 at 8:49 am

Mini hotdog rolls…adorable. What a great idea!


Bev Weidner February 23, 2012 at 9:20 am

I want it all. PLUS Brad. I guess. OKAY YES.


Sue T. February 23, 2012 at 9:23 am

These are look great and I love the tie to the nominated movies. Will have to make some of these. Thanks for sharing. -Sue


heidi February 23, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Thanks for checking out the recipes and these wonderful food bloggers sites too. I love a good reason to star gaze.


Jennifer | Mother Thyme February 23, 2012 at 9:24 am

All these recipes are fabulous in your roundup. Love how you paired the movies up with a delicious dish. My husband would love those mini hot dog rolls!


Maria February 23, 2012 at 9:59 am

We loved Moneyball! I need to catch up on several of the other films. Josh would love these dogs!


heidi February 23, 2012 at 1:16 pm

I’ll have to bring your resident pork eater a few hot dogs to nosh on.


Yvette ~ Muy Bueno February 23, 2012 at 10:51 am

Such a FUN idea!!! You are so clever!!! I’ll have to share this post with my friend who hosts an Oscar party every year. This menu would be so perfect ;)


heidi February 23, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Yes! Let me know how the party turns out.


Brooke February 23, 2012 at 11:07 am

What a great post Heidi! I have been racking my brain on fun recipes for Oscar night, I think I will be doing a array of appitizers and mini cheesecakes for dessert. Thanks for the ideas!


heidi February 23, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Yea! Check out the link for Twig and Thistle’s Oscar party decor, seriously love it.


Lisa @ The Cooking Bride February 23, 2012 at 11:24 am

This is so cute! Thanks for including my recipe!


heidi February 23, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Thank YOU for creating such great recipes. Happy Oscars.


Annalise February 23, 2012 at 11:48 am

What a fun post! You are so creative. And those hot dog rolls look to die for!


heidi February 23, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Thanks mama. The dogs are gooood. I made them with sausage too and they’re oscarlicious


Emmy Kastner February 23, 2012 at 12:42 pm

As a lover of the Oscars and a serious lover of food, this just made my day! The black and white cookies for The Artist! Genius! Hot dogs for Moneyball! Brilliant!


heidi February 23, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Thanks Emily! It was fun pulling it together and those dogs are just dang good!


Michelle February 23, 2012 at 12:46 pm

What a FABULOUS idea!!! I LOVE the tie-in to the awards! Great connections!!!!


heidi February 23, 2012 at 1:04 pm

I bet you’re a movie buff then :) thanks for grazing and gazing lady


Lori @ RecipeGirl February 23, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Such a cute post :) I so rarely get out to movies that none of the Oscars are going to make any sense to me this year!! I did see Moneyball though… that’s about it!


Cookie and Kate February 23, 2012 at 1:42 pm

I absolutely adore the concept of this post and your execution of it! Brilliant, Heidi!


marla February 23, 2012 at 6:16 pm

Heidi, this post is a total blast!! Girl, you are such an amazing curator of talent ~ I am sure Brad would be impressed. That Mache salad is right up my alley, but all of these look amazing!


Lisa [With Style and Grace] February 23, 2012 at 7:38 pm

Okay, now I’m super hungry. Great roundup!


Holly @ Paisley Petal Events February 23, 2012 at 11:54 pm

I absolutely love this Oscar party food idea and all of the recipes look delicious! I’m sharing on my blog tomorrow, so thanks so much for the inspiration!!


Nina@Process Server Phoenix AZ February 24, 2012 at 4:32 am

That’s so mouthwatering and awesome. Just looking at the pic makes me want to go home to my grandma. I love that apple mache salad.


TidyMom February 24, 2012 at 5:48 am

ok…….I LOVE this post! What a fun idea!! and those pigs in a blanket are ADORABLE!

Thanks for making my day with featuring my moon pies!


Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes February 24, 2012 at 7:27 am

LOVING this. I’m not normally a huge movie person, but with sumptuous food pairings, I’m there. I especially like the selections for Moneyball and The Help. Gorgeous photos. Cheers!


Jessica February 24, 2012 at 10:15 am

How gorgeous are these?!?!


Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet February 24, 2012 at 11:05 am

Fun post Heidi! Loved it. :) Those whoopie pies….whoooooo doggy I’d like a stack right now.


heidi February 24, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Cheryl did take one dyn-o-mite photo, I totes agree! Looks like it should topple right into my mouth.


Jen February 24, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Ooh I loved Midnight in Paris! Can’t wait to watch all the dresses and the hoopla!


Brian @ A Thought For Food February 24, 2012 at 12:31 pm

This is an inspired round up. Wow… Being a movie buff, I have to say that I’m really impressed with the creativity here.


heidi February 24, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Thanks so much Brian, movie making and cooking are both big productions but oh so worth the work.


Lisa Perry February 24, 2012 at 12:50 pm

I’m still team Aniston. So I’ll tribute to these delicious little beauties!


Cookin' Canuck February 24, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Damn – I love that lead photo! The Oscars is my favorite TV night of the year, too. And with Billy Crystal hosting, I’m even more excited – let’s hope he does one of his signature “best movie” medleys.


heidi February 24, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Billy Crystal is my favorite host too! I’m glad they’ve gone back to that format, much more entertaining!


kat February 24, 2012 at 3:43 pm

omg yum!!!! those fries are so delish!


vianney February 25, 2012 at 1:07 am

What a great tribute..we love the AA and always have a taco party with all the trimmings… such fun!!


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