The Joy in Jolley

Off to the Races...

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well not really, but we are having a derby party at the house! Every year the Kentucky Derby is a big time of year in the Jolley house...growing up in Kentucky and around horses his whole life it may be my husband's favorite day. Since we cannot go this year we are going to throw a simple party at our house. I say simple because I am going to try really hard not to go overboard, I tend to do that a lot! :) We have decided to just cater in Eli's Bbq (which is the best bbq in the city, our opinon!)...in the spirit of keeping it simple! But we are making an array of yummy desserts and having mint juleps. Even though we are not cooking the dinner portion I did find some very festive food recipes that I want to share as well as the desserts that we will be attempting to make.

Mini Hot Browns- Courtesy of Celebrate Magazine

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Ingredients
  1. 24 (2-inch) round slices white bread
  2. 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  3. 1 (10-ounce) package prepared Welsh rarebit sauce
  4. 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  5. 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  6. 1⁄4 pound thick-cut smoked deli turkey, cut into bite-size pieces
  7. 24 slices Roma tomatoes
  8. 1⁄4 cup loosely packed chopped parsley
  9. 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Brush both sides of bread rounds with melted butter. Place on a baking sheet. Bake for 4 to 6 minutes, or until lightly golden.
  2. Microwave Welsh rarebit sauce ac- cording to package directions. Stir in Parmesan cheese. Microwave for 1 minute longer, stirring well to blend.
  3. Spoon cheese sauce on top of toasted bread rounds. Sprinkle with bacon. Layer 2 pieces turkey and 1 slice tomato. Sprinkle with parsley and paprika. Serve immediately.

Kentucky Derby Sweet Potatoes- courtesy of Knead to Cook

Ingredients:

3 enormous sweet potatoes (or you can use 5-6 large sweet potatoes), peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces 1 c of light brown sugar 1/2 c of butter 3/4 c of bourbon (I used Jim Bean) 1 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon 1 tsp of vanilla extract 1/2 tsp of nutmeg, ground

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Place all of the peeled, chopped sweet potatoes in a glass 13×9 pan.  In a sauce pan over medium heat, add all of the other ingredients and bring to a boil.  Whisk the ingredients as they cook.  Once boiling, pour the liquid mixture over top of the potatoes.  Bake for 50 minutes or unit the potatoes are fork tender.

- See more at: http://kneadtocook.com/kentucky-derby-bourbon-sweet-potatoes/#sthash.Lc5uCEPJ.dpuf

Ingredients:

3 enormous sweet potatoes (or you can use 5-6 large sweet potatoes), peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces 1 c of light brown sugar 1/2 c of butter 3/4 c of bourbon (I used Jim Bean) 1 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon 1 tsp of vanilla extract 1/2 tsp of nutmeg, ground

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Place all of the peeled, chopped sweet potatoes in a glass 13×9 pan.  In a sauce pan over medium heat, add all of the other ingredients and bring to a boil.  Whisk the ingredients as they cook.  Once boiling, pour the liquid mixture over top of the potatoes.  Bake for 50 minutes or unit the potatoes are fork tender.

Here are the two desserts I am making, click on the photo and or links to be taken to the recipe!

Kentucky Pie- courtesy of Paula Deen

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Mint julep cupcakes- courtesy of The Baker Chick

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In the spirit of things I also feel that I must add in a mint julep recipe!

 

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Ingredients:

3 enormous sweet potatoes (or you can use 5-6 large sweet potatoes), peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces 1 c of light brown sugar 1/2 c of butter 3/4 c of bourbon (I used Jim Bean) 1 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon 1 tsp of vanilla extract 1/2 tsp of nutmeg, ground

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Place all of the peeled, chopped sweet potatoes in a glass 13×9 pan.  In a sauce pan over medium heat, add all of the other ingredients and bring to a boil.  Whisk the ingredients as they cook.  Once boiling, pour the liquid mixture over top of the potatoes.  Bake for 50 minutes or unit the potatoes are fork tender.

- See more at: http://kneadtocook.com/kentucky-derby-bourbon-sweet-potatoes/#sthash.Lc5uCEPJ.dpuf

Outside of mint juleps you can purchase 14 hands wine at your local grocery store, this is perfect because the labels have horses on it already. If you want to really "wow" your guests you can freeze roses in ice cubes and use this to chill your wine/champagne in a cute bucket.

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Lastly, we are having everyone in attendance pick a horse at random out of a hat (derby hat, of course) and the winner will get a prize like the below photo...sorry to spoil the prize for those attending! I am in love with this and think that if I were to have gotten married in Kentucky I would have had these as the hotel welcome gifts. Oh wait, I did get married in Kentucky...but I wasn't as crafty then and there was no pinterest! :)

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