Spring Entertaining: The Kentucky Derby Party Plate

The Classic Cocktail. Mint Julep. Kentucky Derby By Rebecca Gordon Editor-In-Chief Buttermilk Lipstick Culinary & Entertaining Techniques Cooking & Baking Techniques Editorial Director Digital Culinary Photo Journalist TV Cooking Personality Game Day Tailgating Modern Southern Socials & Entertaining Solutions Southern HostessSpring Entertaining

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The Kentucky Derby Party Plate

When entertaining, planning a lively party featuring Lemon-Mint Juleps, Lemon-Ricotta Artichoke Dip, classic Beaten Biscuits with country ham & Rosemary-Bourbon Apple Chutney, you know you’re in for a mighty fine time. Parties where mingling is encouraged indicates that buffet style serving will be the most appropriate method for serving guests so they can help themselves to provisions whenever they please. Create a diagram well in advance of how you wish to arrange the party fare on the table. Follow my pointers for adding your signature touch to an inviting space for all to enjoy.

The Menu

The Kentucky Derby Party 

Classic Kentucky favorites with several new ideas are always a good way to entertain for a Derby Party. Use this menu when hosting a beautiful spring afternoon gathering.

Lemon-Mint Julep
Lemon-Ricotta Artichoke Dip
Beaten Biscuits With Country Ham
Rosemary Bourbon-Apple Chutney
Derby Tartlets

Strawberry Shortcake Derby Hat 

Baking Classics. How To Make Kentucky Style Beaten Biscuits By Rebecca Gordon Editor-In-Chief Buttermilk Lipstick Culinary & Entertaining Brand Cooking & Baking Techniques Tutorials Traditional Kentucky Derby Beaten Biscuits. Editorial Director Digital Culinary Photo Journalist Pastry Chef Writer Food Stylist TV Cooking Personality Game Day Tailgating Modern Southern Socials Parties Entertaining

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makes 12 servings

Beaten Biscuits
2 Tbsp butter
12-oz country ham
Rosemary Bourbon-Apple Chutney

Prepare the Beaten Biscuits as directed. Heat a 10-inch cast iron skillet over Medium approximately 2 minutes. Hold your hand about 2 inches over the surface. If it feels warm, add 1/2 tablespoon of butter to the skillet. The butter should sizzle & melt quickly. Be certain the butter lightly coats the entire surface of the skillet. Cook the ham, in 4 batches, 2 minutes per side. Add a little water to the skillet as needed to keep the drippings from scorching. Remove the ham from the skillet. Cut into 1/2-inch pieces. Slice the biscuits in half using a serrated knife. Fill the biscuits with the country ham. Let stand 1 hour. Stack the biscuits on a pretty plate. Serve with Rosemary Bourbon-Apple Chutney.

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How To Create A Kentucky Derby Party Table

Buffet style parties should be arranged in advance before guests arrive. As the hostess, your role should be to replenish items as needed during festivities whilst attending to guests. When custom cocktails will be served, appoint someone to command the role. 

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The Technique

Begin by making plate, platter & serving utensil choices well in advance. Linens will need to be pressed & silver buffed with cleaner so they gleam on tables & cocktail bars. Look to The Essential Spring Entertaining Party Primer for pointers on How To Polish Silver. Highlight the Strawberry Shortcake Derby Hat by placing it in the center of the table as a focal point then flank each side with stacks of Derby TartletsThe ends of tables make a good spot for stacked plates, napkins & cutlery. Fill in the remaining spaces with the other menu items & test the arrangement to be certain the pacing is desirable. Leave room for guests to rest plates so portioning provisions is not cumbersome. Create a separate area designed for crafting custom cocktails. Have a fresh bucket of crushed ice with a quality scoop available. Fresh mint should be cleaned well in advance. Make a bouquet & place the stems in a little water. A julep cup not only looks great but keeps it handy until needed. Offer several varieties of bourbon that guests can choose from for making the Lemon-Mint Juleps. If a Traditional Mint Julep is desired, look to The Essential Kentucky Derby Entertaining Primer for advice on how to concoct the perfect sipper. 

The Tune
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