Friday, May 6, 2011

Kentucky Derby watch the ponies run for the roses!

For 137 years on the first Saturday of May, Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY has been the place to sip Mint Juleps, show-off your finest hat and watch the ponies run.

If you are looking for traditional Derby favorites check out and Chef Nick Sundberg’s recipes: Mint Julep, Kentucky Hot Brown, Bread Pudding with Bourbon and many other traditional recipes will set the mood.

When hosting a Derby party I usually serve pork rib sandwiches, homemade slaw and a variety of appetizers for the guest to snack on. Recipe posted at the end of blog.

Here is Chef Nick Sunberg’s recipe for Mint Julep:

¼ cup fresh spearmint leaves
2 cups water, heated
2 cups sugar
A bucket of cracked ice and 32 ounces of bourbon

In a large pitcher mix together the water and sugar. Add the crushed/cracked ice, pour in
the bourbon and stir in the mint leaves.

Oh and sip slowly….

Pork rib recipe posted January 5, 2011, just add barbecue sauce, sandwich rolls and you have great pork sandwiches.

Slow Cooker

1 lb boneless pork ribs (ribs with the bone work just as well and add more flavor)

Defrost if frozen

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

¼ cup of water

1 tsp powder garlic

1 tsp powder onion

1 teaspoon thyme

1 teaspoon oregano

1 apple peeled and sliced in quarters or ¼ cup of orange, apple or pineapple juice
Spray the slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray and add the pork ribs.
Add a tablespoon of Worcestershire to the water, mix and pour over the ribs
Season with the garlic, onion, thyme and oregano
Add the sliced apples to the pot

Cook on low for 8 hours, until the ribs are fork tender (cooking time can vary by crock pot, check your instructions for your slow cooker)

The sliced apple will cook down and add a sweet wonderful flavor to the ribs.

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