Today was the 135th Running of the Roses -- The Kentucky Derby. And every year a friend of ours hosts a Kentucky Derby Party -- she's neither a Kentuckian nor a Southerner but she loves to party and the Kentucky Derby gives her a chance to turn her charming home into Churchill Downs.
We all bring an appetizer and all of the ladies wear a hat. Some hats are fancier than others but I prefer to wear my garden hat. I made it into a Derby hat by adding a rhinestone horse pin to the black band.
My appetizer? Mini Hot Browns. The famous Kentucky sandwich from the Brown Hotel and first made in the early 20's. The sandwich is turkey and bacon covered with Mornay sauce and then put into a broiler until the sauce is all hot and bubbly. Often a tomato slice is put on top.
My version -- slices of a good bread, toasted in a skillet, then topped with turkey, a small slice of good bacon and a good spoon of Mornay sauce. Half a cherry tomato tops the appetizer.
It was good and I came home with an empty tray.
The best part of the party is not the food nor the "pretend" bets that we do nor the hat contest . . . but rather
The mint julep that we consume during the course of the afternoon.