A Derby Tradition.

Happy Derby Day!  Today is one of my favorite days in sports.  When you’re from Kentucky, the Derby is just as much a part of May as Mothers Day.  You just can’t fully appreciate it until you’re older.  What a glorious day for the Derby!

Mark and I are in the kitchen whipping up 2 of our Derby favorites: Baby Browns & Mint Juleps!  There

If you want to make your own amazingly tasty and adorable bite size hot browns, here is the recipe:

Baby Browns (adapted recipe from original in “Bluegrass Winners Cookbook”):

What You Need:

  • 3 tbs. butter
  • 3/4 tsp. chicken base
  • 1/4 c. hot water
  • 3/4 c. whole milk (I used buttermilk today)
  • 2 tbs. all purpose flour (for a lil kick I used 1 tbs. of KY seasoned flour and 1 tbs. whole wheat)
  • 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 c. grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 c. finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 6 oz. thinly sliced turkey
  • 3 slender plum tomatoes
  • 5 pieces of bacon, cooked & crumbled
  • 2 boxes of mini fillo shells (15 each box, freezer section)
  1. Dissolve chicken base in hot water and add milk.
  2. Melt butter in pan and add flour gradually, stirring until blended.
  3. Blend in chicken/water/milk mixture and stir until smooth.
  4. Add Worcestershire sauce and cheese and stir until melted.
  5. Chop turkey into small pieces (approx 1” square) and place in bottom of shells.  Spoon sauce in cup.  Add bacon (I tuck pieces in the sides).  Top with a thin slice of tomato and sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.  You can make a day ahead and refrigerate until ready to serve.

This is obviously a SPLURGE!  But it’s Derby so why not!