This past Saturday, we celebrated one of my very favorite days of the year, Derby Day. I love that for one weekend, all eyes are on our beautiful Bluegrass state, showcasing gorgeous hats and dresses, amazing horses and our Southern Hospitality. Juston and I seriously considered going to the Derby this year, (neither of us has ever been), but decided to forgo a trip for just the two of us and take a trip this fall that's for Caroline (more on that later).
My favorite thing to do on Derby Day is make some of our Kentucky favorites: Hot Browns, Derby Pie and Mint Juleps. I also tried a new recipe this year and made Bourbon Meatballs as an appetizer. It was a great day!
1 package frozen Italian Meatballs
Cook these in a 350 degree oven until cooked through, about twelve minutes.
In a skillet, combine 1 small jar of orange marmalade (about a cup), 1/4 cup good bourbon, 1/2 cup BBQ sauce (I used Sweet Baby Ray's), 1/4 cup packed brown sugar, a few dashes of Texas Pete hot sauce, and 1/4 cup water and simmer for around ten minutes. Take the meatballs from the oven and put them in the sauce until coated.
Juston makes the Mint Juleps every year and honestly I think they are so gross, but the julep cups are cute and it's tradition for him to make me one. So I take a few sips and just hold it until the race is over out of obligation ha.
Hot Brown is probably one of my favorite dishes that I make, I love making this one for people when they come to visit from other parts around the country, too. Aside from Burgoo, this is probably the most quintessential dish we're known for, and it's delicious to boot. For anyone who's never had one, it's basically an open-faced turkey sandwich with a delicious white sauce, bacon and tomatoes on top. I've used the same recipe for years and it's posted on last year's Derby post.
Derby Pie. I tried a new recipe this year and I didn't love it as much as the one I normally use. I strayed from the path and added the pecans this year. I'm not a fan on nuts in sweets, so at least I'm not tempted to indulge much in the leftovers :)
It was definitely good, but I will go back to my standby recipe next year.
A few of my favorite things.
And how cute is my special edition horse bracelet from Bourbon and Boweties?! I thought that combined with my rose bangle was the perfect addition to my stack for the Derby. My horse ended up coming in second, so I did win a little bit of money. Juston was one horse away from having a pretty sweet trifecta!