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This Sunday night marks one of television’s biggest nights of the year, as the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards air live from Los Angeles. Hollywood’s most popular TV stars will glam up their looks and strut their stuff on the red carpet before taking their seats to find out which actors and shows have achieved outstanding performances on the small screen in the past year.
Even though you may not be in L.A. to catch a glimpse of your favorite celebrities, you can still cheer them on from the comfort of your living room. Create a camera-free version of the red carpet at your house and host an Emmy-watching party with your friends, complete with a menu of award-winning eats and drinks inspired by your favorite shows. Check out Food Network’s star-studded spread below, then tell us what you’ll be munching on during the Emmys.
Kick off the celebration with a batch of Ina’s pretty-pink Pomegranate Cosmos (pictured above) as a nod to Girls, that show you love to hate. These five-minute cocktails are a girl’s best friend, made with a mixture of vodka, orange liqueur and fruity pomegranate and lime juices. Best of all, you don’t need a shaker to prepare them — just add the ingredients to a pitcher, refrigerate and pour into chilled glasses.
In honor of the haunted house that stars in American Horror Story, cook up something extra-spooky to snack on before you dig into dinner. Food Network Kitchens’ recipe for Ghostinis With Bloody Murder Sundried Tomatoes is a big-batch appetizer to which your guests can help themselves. Process together chewy sundried tomatoes, salty kalamata olives and capers until the mixture is chunky but well combined, and serve with ghoulishly-shaped toasts.
If you’re as passionate about all things cheese as 30 Rock‘s Liz Lemon is, then you’ll swoon over Alton’s extra-gooey Baked Marconi and Cheese. Check out this video to get his secret to mac-and-cheese perfection every time.
Support the cast of Downton Abbey by cooking up a British pub classic: Fish and Chips. Tyler’s top-rated recipe pairs golden-brown cod fillets with crispy fried potatoes, best served with a bit of malt vinegar and creamy tartar sauce.
Have you seen that episode of New Girl in which Jess and her roommates play True American? It’s a wonderfully intense and downright epic drinking game that involves several “zones,” multiple cases of beer, a bottle of liqueur deemed “The King of the Castle” and shouts of “JFK” and “FDR.” Instead of watching YouTube videos in an attempt to learn how to play this game, honor its patriotic roots by preparing an all-American dessert. Paula’s Crunch Top Apple Pie features a soft, flaky crust, tender cinnamon-apple filling and buttery topping.
The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards airs Sunday, September 23 at 7e/4p on ABC. See the full list of nominees here.