Wednesday, May 4, 2022
You can feel the excitement in the air around here! Louisville, Kentucky is the home of the famous Kentucky Derby horse race. Are you a fan of horse racing? I have been to the Derby numerous times, but I was usually in the in field where you didn’t see much horse flesh if you know what I mean. It is a giant party!
Since I have gotten older, I think I would much prefer to be at a party. Everyone is so happy because it is the first weekend of May and that means summer can’t be far behind.
Most parties would include some of the following:
benedictine sandwiches (cucumber, cream cheese, and green food coloring are the main ingredients!)
pimento cheese sandwiches
ham and biscuits
Derby pie – you aren’t really allowed to call it that unless the bakery that owns the recipe makes yours. It is a pecan and chocolate chip pie. I don’t like it because I don’t like nuts.
You might also see all manner of cream cheese dips. We love our cream cheese around here!
Some parties also have bbq and buns. That is also big in this area.
Have you heard of the famous Hot Brown from The Brown Hotel here in Louisville? It is decadent. A few years ago, I started making a Hot Brown Dip that I think is to die for! I like to serve it with Jimmy John’s bread thinly sliced and toasted in the oven for a bit. I may regret telling you this, but did you know that you can get day old bread there for very cheap? It’s great to use for appetizers, too!
Hot Brown Dip:
Mix together cream cheese (softened), diced turkey, bacon, a pinch of nutmeg, a bit of garlic powder, and a bit of pepper. Put it in a oven safe dish and heat for about 15 minutes, then top with cooked bacon and diced tomato and grate a bit of parmesan on top. Put back in oven for a bit and broil for a couple of minutes. This re-creates all of the flavors of the Hot Brown! Spread on bread to serve. Yum!
I also like to make a batch of store bought mix brownies and make my own icing and add a bit of bourbon to it. I got this idea from this blog! We love all things bourbon here, too!