Saturday, May 1, 2010

The Kentucky Derby Festivities

What a super fun afternoon and evening we just had. Our small Derby party was a huge hit, the mint juleps were strong (we forgot to stir them and all the syrup was at the bottom :P), the dinner was light yet filling, dessert was spot on, and we had a blast making memories with our friends.

Mint Julep

I added a splash of pom juice to mine too…stirring is recommended!

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  • 1 scant ounce minted simple syrup
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  • 2 cups crushed ice
  • 2 ounces bourbon (such as Woodford Reserve)
  • Fresh mint sprig, for garnish

To highball glass or silver Julep cup, add minted simple syrup, then 1 cup crushed ice, bourbon, and splash of water. Add enough of remaining ice to almost fill glass. Stir well and garnish with mint sprig.

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Recipe courtesy of Epicurious

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Gazpacho Andaluz

Really, really good recipe – add hot sauce if you’d like.

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  • 1 1/2 pounds ripe tomatoes, each cut into quarters
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped peeled cucumber
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped Vidalia or other sweet onion
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped green bell pepper
  • 3 tablespoons sherry vinegar (or red wine vinegar)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 5 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
  • hot sauce, to taste

Combine all the ingredients in a food processor; process until smooth. Press tomato mixture through a sieve over a bowl, pressing solids through with the back of a spoon; discard any remaining solids. Cover and chill.

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Recipe courtesy of Cooking Light

Asparagus-Parmesan Tart

This is a simple and crowd pleasing appetizer or side.

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  • 1 sheet (14 ounces) frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • All-purpose flour, for dusting
  • 1 large egg, well beaten
  • 10 medium asparagus spears, tough ends trimmed, shaved into thin strips using a vegetable peeler
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Roll out dough on a lightly floured work surface, just until creases are smooth. Trim dough to a 10-inch square. Lightly score a 1/2-inch border around dough. Brush off excess flour and transfer dough to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Freeze 15 minutes.
  2. Brush border of dough with the beaten egg. Bake until puffed and starting to brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Toss asparagus with the oil, and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Remove tart shell from oven and press down on the center with a spatula. Arrange asparagus on top. Bake until asparagus is crisp-tender, about 8 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle cheese evenly on top. Bake until cheese is melted, about 4 minutes more. Let cool on a wire rack 5 minutes before slicing into squares.

Recipe courtesy of Martha Stewart

Cornucopia Salad

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Cooked and chilled shrimp, fresh mango & bell pepper slices, banana, cucumbers, dried cranberries and feta tossed with a vinaigrette dressing on a bed of buttercrunch lettuce.

Corn Hole

I can’t forget to mention the corn hole competition…where the Johnstone’s prevailed…it was a close battle. A rematch may be in the cards :) We had an extra cute obstacle to dodge as well, can you see it?

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Sweet, little pig-tailed Ellie

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Chocolate Pecan Pie

The perfect sweet ending, enjoyed outdoors.

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I’m not sure what recipe my friend used, but it rivaled the Kentucky original in a very close way. I also love this one, you can opt to add 1 Tbsp bourbon to the batter, but it’s not quite the same as a real Race Day pie.

1 comment:

diana said...

looks so yummy! your julep cups remind me of the ones my grandparents had.