The 143rd Derby is only 2 weeks away, and those of us who want to enjoy the Kentucky Tradition from our own home can absolutely enjoy all the traditions. Below is a menu that each feature an element of Kentucky and are wonderful for a meal style party. Check out last week’s blog for finger style foods great for those snacking all day parties. The races will begin at 10:00 am and the “most exciting 2 minutes in sports” will take place at 6:34pm.
Ham & Biscuits (Appetizer)
These bite sized sandwiches are perfect for a brunch or appetizer before the full dinner is served. These are full of flavor as the beaten biscuits will soak up the flavor of the rich smoked ham. Easy to prepare and can be made ahead of time.
Pull the ham slices out and allow them to come to room temperature about 1 hour before hand. Spread a dash of mustard on each biscuit and layer on a slice of ham. Present on a beautiful platter.
Watermelon Tomato Salad (Starter)
This unique seasonal dish is from the Kitchen of Executive Chef David Danielson at Churchill Downs. Heirloom tomatoes fall into season but purchase them just before preparing (1-3 days) because they can are delicate and quickly change from ripe to overripe.
3-4 medium heirloom tomatoes, cut into ¾ inch chunks
1 small cucumber, peeled, seeded and cut into ¾ in. chunks
¼ C. sliced pickled red onions
1 C. ¾ in. cubed red seedless watermelon
1 T. Chopped Mint
1 T. Chopped Basil
3 T. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3 T. Lemon Juice
Dash of fresh ground salt & pepper
Once all your ingredients are sliced combine tomatoes, cucumbers, watermelons, onions and herbs into a bowl. Toss gently. In a separate bowl whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Pour liquid mixture into the large bowl and coat evenly. Adjust any seasons to taste.
Hot Brown (Entrée)
This traditional Kentucky dish is served at some of the most renowned restaurants in Kentucky. This dish needs to be served immediately and prepared in individual dishes. This is great for a more intimate gathering.
Preheat broiler with oven rack about 6 inches from heat. On a baking sheet place your 4 slices of bread, and broil 1-2 minutes on each side allowing it to toast. Remove from oven and transfer each piece to its own individual baking dish. Top with turkey slices, Mornay Sauce, and sprinkle with Parmesan. Return to broiler for 3-4 minutes until bubbly and lightly browned. Remove from oven and top with tomatoes and bacon. Serve immediately
Derby Pie (Dessert)
This Derby Pie is from Kern’s Kitchen the premier baker since its inception by George Kern at the Melrose Inn of Prospect in Kentucky. While there are recipes available, there is no recipe better than the original which is why we sell their pie exclusively.
Mint Julep Punch (Beverage)
Traditional mint juleps are simply Kentucky Bourbon, Mint Julep Mixer over crushed ice and mint leaves. While these are delicious a punch style can bring the Kentucky traditional for a crowd. Don’t be afraid to leave out the bourbon and let every party guest enjoy this delicious beverage.
Mix all ingredients into a large punch bowl until you reach the desired flavor. The more Mint Julep mixer you add the more minty it becomes. Garnish with Lime slices and Fresh Mint Leaves.
Once you’ve made all the beautiful treats don’t forget to adorn the table with the traditional roses and color scheme of black, gold and red roses. Be sure to dress for the occasion hat and all. Check out the full derby schedule to plan the perfect watch party at https://www.kentuckyderby.com/party .