Mini Spicy Chocolate Cheesecake Bites / 2013 Oscar Night Menu

Mini Spicy Chocolate Cheesecake Bites

Since I have been married and living in a cold weather climate, my husband and I enjoy going to see the Oscar movie picks (or what appears to be).  We rarely go any other time during the year but that cold part of early January finds us sneaking off to the movies every chance we can get.  This year was no exception.  Of the movies we went to see, I have created a silly little menu for the Oscar viewing tonight.  If all else fails, make this salted dark chocolate popcorn and curl up to watch movie stars who haven’t eaten in a month.  Our short list of Oscar films:

  • Argo (an Old Fashioned, since the stress of the situation drove the hostages to drinking much brown liquor)
  • Silver Linings Playbook (a Philly cheesesteak in honor of the City of Brotherly Love: Paleo version or regular version [however cheese whiz is really disgusting to me])
  • Lincoln (in researching for last weeks President’s Day post, I read that Abe Lincoln was not a big eater but liked apples and bacon, so we shall have Roasted Brussels Spouts with Apples and Bacon).
  • Les Miserable (bread.  duh.  I made Her New Roots’ Life Changing Bread in anticipation! Yummy!)
  • Zero Dark Thirty (Mini Terrorist Cheesecakes: because they are evil and must be destroyed)  Recipe at the bottom.

Overall, I think Argo should receive the Best Picture Award.  The story is gripping and tight.  At no point in the film did I wonder how long it had been running or when it would be over.   The viewer is right there with the characters, wondering and praying that they will make it out alive!

Les Mis, had to fulfill a huge legandary story and fell just slightly short in some areas.  While an epic film, was definitely too long (they added a song?!).  The gritty, dark camera work and the sweeping camera shots of the French countryside and the opening scenes set the stage very well.  I loved Eddie Redmayne’s voice and Hugh Jackman had a stunning performance. Kudos to Anne Hathaway for showing us that she is crazy for her art, I wish I hadn’t seen her previewed part before the movie, since it is such a moving piece.  Overall, Bravo! Anne.  Out of the nominations for Best Supporting Actress, she deserves it.  However, Russell Crowe was on the lacking side, contributing to the overall disconnected film.

I saw Lincoln on Thanksgiving day so it has been a while since I saw the movie but it was fantastic.  Daniel Day Lewis does embody the president and the entire ensemble gave stellar performances.  It’s funny because with this movie and Argo, we know what will happen, yet the story is moving and gripping.  Sally Field is good but isn’t that to be expected?  She plays a lot of loopy, eccentric characters.  It will be interesting to see Daniel Day Lewis and Hugh Jackman go head to head tonight.

Silver Linings Playbook was such a joy and a surprise to see.  After I learned that David O. Russell was directing it and saw previews, I knew that I wanted to see it.  Speaking of excellent ensembles: they give Lincoln a run for its money.  For me, this was a close second to Argo.  It’s a lovely story, flawed characters with very imperfect lives, yet you still feel transported into their world.  And Bradley Cooper isn’t even that cute in it.

I was so on the fence about going to see Zero Dark Thirty, but we bit the bullet on MLK Day with every other couple in Hoboken.  I didn’t look at the screen during the famed water torture scene and other than that, nothing was too gruesome for my thin skin.  Jessica Chastain is an actor from out of this world.  The story is complicated and has a ton of detail, some of which was over my head.  I enjoyed it for what is represents and I am glad the movie was made.  It’s not the type of movie you are going to curl up to watch on a lazy Sunday but it is an important film and an important story about a great moment in history.  Thank you, Kathryn Bigelow.

Print Recipe

Spicy Chocolate Cheesecake Bites

Ingredients

  • 7 gingersnaps
  • 5 oreos
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp butter melted
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 2 oz melted chocolate
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 c sugar
  • 1/8 tsp, heaping chili powder
  • 2/3 c chocolate chips
  • 1/3 c whipping cream
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325ºF. Line 8 cupcake tins with cupcake liners and set aside.
  2. In a food processor, grind Oreo cookies and gingersnaps to crumbs. Pour in melted butter and blitz again until well mixed. Spoon about a tablespoon of cookie mixture into each cheesecake well. Press down. Set aside.
  3. With a hand mixer, whip cream cheese and melted chocolate together. Scrape sides and mix again until evenly mixed. Stir in egg. Scrape sides and mix again. With mixer on low, stir in sugar and spices. Scrape sides and whip again briefly so the filling is evenly mixed with no lumps. Spoon over top each crust.
  4. To bake, set tins in oven in roasting pans filled half-way with hot water; bake until set, about 34 minutes, rotating halfway through. When you shake the pan, they shouldn’t jiggle. Transfer tins to racks to cool completely. refrigerate in tins, uncovered, at least 4 hours; remove from tins.
  5. Melt chocolate chips with whipping cream and vanilla. Stir until smooth. Spread over completely cooled cheesecakes. Refrigerate until set.
  6. Refrigerate in airtight containers up to 5 days.

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