Kentucky Derby Party Recipes – Love and Lemons





As you recognize, the Kentucky Derby® is true across the nook (did you see final week’s Sparkling Mint Juleps?). Today I’m partnering with 14 Hands Wine to share some Derby Day occasion suggestions, recipes, and some nice wine pairings. It’s time escape your fancy hats, pour some wine and get began!


Kentucky Derby Party Recipes

First up are these colourful open-faced (crust off!) tea sandwiches. These are tremendous simple to make in case you make the unfold forward of time and assemble these simply earlier than your visitors arrive. Instead of a cream cheese unfold I made an natural creamy dill unfold by mixing sunflower seeds to create a creamy base. Slather it on some sourdough sandwich bread after which high with rows of paper skinny slices of cucumbers, radishes, and sweet striped beets. Use a pointy knife to chop the crusts off and you’ve got the cutest little springtime snacks.

This recipe pairs particularly properly with 14 Hands Sauvignon Blanc – it’s citrus-y aromas and its crisp flavors of grapefruit and guava are a stunning praise to those spring vegetable bites. Sometimes I discover Sauvignon Blanc to be slightly too sharp, however I really like this one as a result of it’s mild, mellow, and juicy.


Kentucky Derby Party Recipes

My husband Jack has extra southern roots than I do, so after I requested him what to placed on my Derby Day menu he didn’t hesitate earlier than blurting out “Pimento cheese!” What can I say, the man loves cheese. Since we’re going for a lighter, brighter theme right here, I made my model vegan and Jack, my cheese lover, is obsessed. Ok, that’s a lie – we’re each so obsessed that we sat down and ate it for dinner one night time whereas I used to be testing it. Like, that was the entire dinner – chips and “cheese”. And wine.

Cashews give this unfold a creamy base whereas jarred pimentos, dijon mustard, and many lemon give it a correct tang. It’s greatest with Ritz-like crackers, however I additionally wish to serve it with tons of chopped up veggies as properly. This is one other recipe you may make upfront, however simply attempt to not eat all of it earlier than your visitors present up.

This recipe is additionally a beautiful pairing with the crisp taste of the 14 Hands Sauvignon Blanc.


Kentucky Derby Party Recipes

And now for dessert! To be trustworthy, I don’t all the time love wine and chocolate as a pairing, however once we tasted 14 Hands Limited Release Kentucky Derby Red Blend, the delicate hints of cocoa and caramel actually stood out to me. That’s after I determined I wanted to complete this menu with wine, chocolate, and pecans. In lieu of pecan pie, I made chocolate pecan truffles. The base of those truffles is made by mixing pecan and dates earlier than they get dipped in chocolate. The opulent pink mix with aromas of blackberries and plums is a daring pairing with this candy deal with.


Kentucky Derby Party Recipes

Just to recap, listed here are my high 5 tricks to have an incredible Kentucky Derby viewing occasion:

1. Make a flowery Mint Julep – try the Sparkling Mint Juleps (insert hyperlink) I posted final week.

2. Go for fairly vegetable-forward dishes – they’re good for a spring menu and work properly with the juicy flesh flavors of the wine. Plus, they’re so fairly and festive!

three. Make meals that you may put together forward of time and simply assemble earlier than visitors arrive.

four. Be positive to have loads of wine! 14 Hands is the popular wine of the Derby, so style and create your personal wine pairings with the Kentucky Derby Limited Release Red Blend−good for any Derby occasion, and the brand new Rosé. 

5. Tune in to Facebook Live on Thursday, April 27th at 2pm CST to look at me demo these recipes and arrange a easy occasion desk that you may recreate in your personal Derby gathering. 


Kentucky Derby Party Recipes


Spring Tea Sandwiches with Sunflower Dill Spread

 

  • Derby Tea Sandwiches
  • eight to 10 slices sourdough sandwich bread
  • 1 medium cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 scarlet turnip or watermelon radish, thinly sliced
  • 5 small pink radishes, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup chopped chives and/or a couple of microgreens for garnish
  • Sunflower dill unfold
  • 1¼ cup hulled sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 garlic clove
  • three tablespoons recent lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • Freshly floor black pepper
  • ¼ cup chopped recent dill
  1. Make the Sunflower dill unfold: In a blender, mix the sunflower seeds, water, garlic, lemon juice, rice vinegar, salt, and a beneficiant pinch of pepper. Blend till clean. Add the dill and mix till simply mixed. You need the dill flecks to include, however you don’t need the puree to show inexperienced. Chill till prepared to make use of. Stir earlier than utilizing.
  2. Assemble the sandwiches with a skinny layer of the sunflower unfold, adopted by overlapping rows of the sliced cucumber, turnip and radishes (see photograph). Gently press the greens down onto the bread to make sure that they may maintain collectively. Use a pointy chef’s knife to slice off the crusts after which slice the sandwiches in half into rectangles. Garnish with chives and/or microgreens.

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Kentucky Derby Party Recipes

 

  • 1½ cups uncooked cashews
  • ½ cup water, extra if wanted to mix
  • three tablespoons recent lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha
  • 2 tablespoons jarred pimento peppers, extra if desired
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Freshly floor black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chopped chives, for garnish
  • Serve with:
  • Crackers
  • Sliced greens (radishes, celery, or veggies of your selection
  1. In a excessive velocity blender, mix the cashews, water, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, sriracha, pimento peppers, garlic, smoked paprika, salt and a beneficiant pinch of pepper. Blend till clean, utilizing the blender baton to assist hold the blade transferring. If the combination is simply too thick, steadily add extra water till clean. Chill till prepared to make use of.
  2. Garnish the dip with the chopped chives and serve with crackers, celery, and radishes for dipping.

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Chocolate Pecan Date Truffles

 

  • 2 cups pecans (evenly toasted, non-compulsory)
  • 12 mushy Medjool dates, pitted and soaked (in the event that they’re very dry)
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1½ teaspoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons coconut milk, if obligatory
  • Chocolate coating
  • 1 cup darkish chocolate chips, melted
  • Crushed pecans
  • Coarse sea salt
  1. In a meals processor, pulse collectively the pecans, dates and sea salt. Add the maple syrup and pulse till the combination sticks collectively (it ought to clump collectively to type a ball). If the combination is simply too dry or crumbly, steadily add some coconut milk. Use a tablespoon to scoop the combination and roll it into roughly ¾-inch balls. If the combination is simply too mushy or sticky to work with, put it within the fridge for 30 minutes to agency up.
  2. Once the balls are rolled, place them within the fridge for at the very least 1 hour to agency up. This will assist them keep cohesive whereas dipping within the chocolate.
  3. Melt the chocolate in a small bowl. Dip every ball to coat and place on parchment paper or a wire rack. Top with the crushed pecans and/or coarse sea salt.

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Special because of 14 Hands Winery for partnering on this put up!