It is all over the news these days….The Kentucky Derby!
Are you excited?
Do you watch it on Television or do you actually go to Churchill Downs to watch the race of the roses?
Some years the question is asked, “can this horse or that horse win the triple crown”?
That is not the case this year and although I don’t have any idea which horse is the fastest or the one expected to win the Derby, I still like to play along.
After all, it is another excuse for a tablescape….and you know I love setting tables.
That is not to say that I don’t pick a horse to win the Kentucky Derby.
Of course I am like many others who pick a horse just for fun…
…….however, there is never any money involved when I pick a horse as I do not bet on horses.
Unless it is for something like who cleans the kitchen or who has to make the bed tomorrow or who makes the next pizza run! 🙂
Do you want to know my inside secret on how I pick a horse to win the Derby?
I choose a horse by it’s color.
Yep! My strategy is the color of the horse because it is such a pretty color for a horse.
If it is a gray horse, that is my choice for the win.
And if there is not a gray horse in the running, then my pick defaults to the colors of the silks on the jockeys.
Preferably, yellow or green or both.
Yes, those two colors are some of my favorites.
And I have to admit that usually there is one of those choice preferences in the Kentucky Derby.
Very scientific wouldn’t you say?
My choice has nothing to do with previous races or track times.
I like a gray horse and if by some rare occasion there are more than one gray in the running…well, then I go to the silks of the jockeys.
OK, since we have established that my horses usually come in last..
………let’s we talk tables.
I started my tablescape with a burlap runner and burlap place mats.
I used silver chargers for the roses dinner plates and matching cups and salad plates.
We can’t have a roses place setting without using silverware with stable knots in the handles.
Keeping to the rope theme, I used blue napkins with rope detailing, coupled with a red shear napkin and secured with silver napkin rings
Of course, we have to have silver mint julip glasses and I used them for red roses.
The hurricane glasses are filled with a mint tea Julip which is delish.
The centerpiece is a gray horses’ head (of course it is) that I picked up at Pier 1 and I couldn’t help but add my first place blue ribbon to his mane.
The silver ice bucket compliments all the silver on the table that will soon be serving a Kentucky Derby Meal.
I know the wine says dark horse…believe me if I could have found a gray horse label…it would be sitting in that ice bucket right now. I noticed there were chestnut colored horses on a 14 hands label but I decided my gray would be the dark horse of the race.
And what would the Kentucky Derby be with out a hat?
A big floppy Derby hat.
This hat is just waiting for me to put it on as I serve my southern mint tea Julips.
The Menu is pretty simple and original to the Kentucky Derby.
I started with a fruit, cheese and crackers cheese board.
And for the main meal…..
I made Hot Browns Sliders which are so easy to make.
The recipes follow this post, but they are so easy to make using deli turkey, sliced tomato, bacon and a cheese sauce.
These can be made ahead of time and popped into the oven to warm them up.
And they are sooooo good.
And you can’t have the run for the roses meal without a Kentucky Derby Pecan (with chocolate) pie….and perhaps topped with a little whipped cream with maybe just a smidge of bourbon if you so desire. 😉
I was very original with the side salad.
Cole Slaw from Kentucky Fried Chicken. LOL
Make it easy on yourself….there are a lot of short cuts one can take and I will never tell if you don’t.
The Menu is below.
Kentucky Mint Tea Julip
Kentucky fruit and cheese board
Kentucky Hot Brown Mini Sandwiches
Kentucky Cole Slaw
Kentucky Pecan Derby pie
with Maker’s Mark bourbon whipped cream, if desired.
I hope you are having a great day.
Do you like to watch the Kentucky Derby?
I love to see your comments and I will answer each and every one.
- 1 pkg of King's Hawaiian rolls
- 1 pkg Stouffers Welsh Rarebit Cheese Sauce (or a slice of gruyere cheese)
- 12 slices deli turkey
- 12 slices deli ham
- 12 slices Roma Tomatoes
- 6 slices of fried bacon (halved)
- Melted Butter
- Melt the cheese sauce according to package directions (3 minutes in microwave)
- Assemble the sliders by slicing the 12 dinner rolls in half and adding as much cheese sauce as you prefer
- Add folded pieces of turkey and folded pieces of ham (your way of putting on a sandwich)
- Top with slice of tomato and two pieces of cooked bacon
- Add more cheese to the top before putting the roll top on the sandwich
- Brush the top with butter if desired and place in 350 degree oven for about 5 minutes, serve hot
- 1 pie dough crust (I bought refrigerated Pillsbury)
- 1 3/4 cups pecans loosely chopped
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup dark corn syrup
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
- 1/4 cup of bourbon (you can substitute water if desired)
- 4 eggs
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Bourbon Whipped Cream
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons bourbon
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees
- Place pie crust into a pie pan
- Spread the chocolate chips mixed with the pecans in the bottom of the pie shell and set aside
- In a medium sized sauce pan, add the corn syrup, white and brown sugar stirring as you bring to a boil. Boil for about 3 minutes and set aside to cool enough for adding the eggs
- Beat the eggs and add the bourbon or water
- Then add butter and vanilla and salt mixing well
- Temper a bit of the egg mixture to the warm sugar/syrup mixture being careful not to curdle the eggs
- Slowly add the remaining egg mixture to combine all the ingredients
- Pour the mixture into the pie shell and top with whole pecans if desired.
- Bake for about 25 minutes or until set
- Bourbon Whipped Cream
- Mix the cream, powdered sugar and bourbon together in a cold bowl
- With an electric mixer beat until the desired consistency and chill until ready to serve
- #You can use cool whip and add a bit of bourbon to it, whipping with a whisk
- 3/4 cup lemon juice
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 6 mint sprigs
- 2 cups cold water
- 5 cups crushed ice
- 2 1/2 cups of chilled ginger ale
- Lots of crushed ice
- Lemon slices and mint sprigs for garnish if desired
- Mix sugar, cold water, lemon juice and about 6 roughly chopped mint sprigs in a bolw and let stand for 45 minutes for flavors to meld.
- Remove most of the mint leaving smaller pieces
- Using two 2 quart pitchers, place half of the mixture and half of the ginger ale in each pitcher and add the crushed ice just before serving
- If you are adding bourbon, this would be the time to add to taste, stirring well
- Top with lemon slices and additional mint sprigs or use them individually on each glass
- This recipe makes about 3 quarts of Mint Juleps