Scrumptious Recipes for Movie Night

Pepperoni Pizza Snacks Popcorn, chips and other finger foods are so synonymous with movie night on the couch, they’re almost a bore. If you’re inviting friends over to watch a Blu-ray or DVD, feed them well before you settle...

Pepperoni Pizza Snacks
Pepperoni Pizza Snacks

Popcorn, chips and other finger foods are so synonymous with movie night on the couch, they’re almost a bore. If you’re inviting friends over to watch a Blu-ray or DVD, feed them well before you settle down to watch the film and you won’t find yourself snacking on those empty calories. Sit at the dining room table or pass out plates and let everyone eat on the couch; movie night meals are delicious and not messy, so you won’t risk pesky spills on your living room carpet.

Mini Pizzas

Rather than bothering with the hassle of slicing pizzas and trying to lift a big, foldable slice into your mouth while watching a movie on the couch, prepare mini pizzas that fit in your hand.

Ingredients

  • 1 dozen bagels
  • ½ cup pizza sauce
  • 1 ½ cup mozzarella or mixed white cheese
  • Vegetable and meat toppings of your choice, sliced thin

Instructions

  1. Slice bagels in half and place them on a cookie sheet.
  2. Spread a thin layer of pizza sauce on top of them.
  3. Sprinkle with cheese, vegetables, meat or other toppings of your choice — or let everyone personalize his or her pizza.
  4. Pre-heat your oven to broil.
  5. Put the cookie sheet in the oven and let them broil for two to three minutes; check to make sure they don’t burn.

Mini pizzas are so fast to make, it won’t be a hassle to pause the movie to make a second batch if everyone’s still hungry.

Pesto Pasta Salad
Pesto Pasta Salad

Pesto Pasta Salad

Spaghetti and meatballs aren't going to fly on your couch. The risk for red sauce disaster is too high. Take the extra sauce out of the equation and serve a pesto pasta salad. It’s rich in flavor without the dripping mess.

Ingredients

  • 1 box noodles such as rotini
  • 1 cup pesto sauce
  • 1 juiced lemon
  • 4 chopped scallions
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 can drained sliced black olives
  • 2 diced peppers
  • ¼ cup parsley
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese

 Directions

  1. Boil water and cook the noodles of your choice according to the directions on the box.
  2. Drain the noodles and rinse them in cold water.
  3. Mix pasta with black olives, cherry tomatoes and peppers.
  4. Mix pesto sauce with lemon juice, a dash of parmesan cheese, scallions and parsley in a separate bowl.
  5. Spoon the dressing into the pasta bowl and stir until the noodles are evenly coated.

Pesto pasta salad is a versatile dish. Add or subtract vegetables according to your personal tastes. Serve in bowls instead of plates as the noodles will be less likely to fall out while you’re eating on the couch.

If you find yourself hungry for dessert and still reaching for the finger foods after you’ve eaten — a movie is likely to take a couple of hours, after all — put out some sliced fresh fruit or veggies. If you leave out cookies or cupcakes, you’re likely to lose track of how much you’re eating when distracted by the movie. However, if you all fill up on a movie night dinner beforehand, you probably won’t be as ravenous by the end, which is reason enough to put in the effort of making a meal.