This is going to be a really long post so I'm sorry!
As most of you know, the 136th annual Kentucky Derby was this past Saturday and being a horse fanatic, it's something I look forward to watching every year! This year I even tried betting, but good thing I didn't because I definitely would have lost (wouldn't have been the first time though)! It was an extremely rainy day for the most exciting 2 minutes in sports which made the track really muddy. Even still, Super Saver and Calvin Borel won in 2 minutes 2.4 seconds! This is the 3rd win in 4 years for Borel, if he's not the best jockey, then I don't know who is! Super Saver's trainer, Todd Pletcher also received his first Kentucky Derby win out of 24 tries! So congrats to him as well! Hopefully this year we'll see a triple crown winner with Super Saver, the last time a horse has won the triple crown was in 1978 with Affirmed, so I want in a winner in at least my life time!! For you non horsey people, the Triple Crown consists of 3 Thoroughbred races exclusive to 3 year old horses: the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont. All are difficult races with some of the best races horses in the world and they're timed very close together, especially considering the length of each race. The last jewel, the Belmont is the longest race in the United States. So it is quite the feat for one horse and rider combination to win all 3 races, but hopefully 2010 is the year!
So in true Kentucky Derby fashion I decided to make the signature dish, no....not the mint juleps (gross! I hate mint!) but Hot Brown. It has a rather unusual name and to be honest, the dish is somewhat unusual too but it ended up being really good! I ended up combining 2 recipes to make the dish simple, but still good so I used allrecipes.com and Bobby Flay's recipe. Here is what I did:
1-2 lbs sliced roasted turkey
1 tomato slicced
salt and pepper to taste
8 slices thick white bread
16 oz. crispy bacon
grated parmesan and chedder cheese
For the Sauce:
2 tablespooons butter
2 tablespoons flour
2.5 cups whole milk
2 cups grated sharp white chedder (if you can't find white chedder then mild chedder is fine)
1/2 cup grated parmesan
pitch of nutmeg
Directions for the sauce:
Melt butter over medium heat in a medium saucepan. Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute. Whisk in the milk, bring to a boil and cook, whisking constantly, until thickened and the flour has cooked out, about 4 to 5 minutes. Whisk in cheese and cook until the cheese has melted. Season with nutmeg and salt and pepper, to taste.
For the egg bread:
4 large eggs
1/4 cup milk
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
Directions for the egg bread:
Whisk together the eggs, milk and salt in a medium bowl. Dip each slice of bread in the mixture and let sit about 30 seconds, or until completely soaked through.
Heat 2 tablespoons of butter and 2 tablespoons of oil in a large nonstick saute pan over medium-high heat. Cook 4 slices of the bread at a time until golden brown on both sides. Remove and place on a baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining bread.
Directions for assembly:
Preheat broiler. Place the egg bread on a baking sheet, place under the broiler and heat on both sides for 20 seconds just to warm through.
Top each slice of bread with 2 to 3 slices of turkey and 2 slices of tomato, ladle sauce over the top and divide the cheddar cheese and Parmesan over the top of each slice. Place under the broiler and cook until bubbly and the top is golden brown. Remove from the oven, top each slice with 2 slices of bacon and sprinkle each slice with chives and parsley.
It ended up being really good and creamy! Also very filling, it would be a perfect dish for brunch! Even though the end result isn't that photogenic or pretty, it still tastes good...trust me!
And then today I decided to make some fruit pizza (I told you its going to be a long post)!
O-M-G yum! It was so good! Even Ben and his roomie liked it, and Ben is so picky its hard to remember he's a man! It was really nice to get back to baking something yummy because school has been so hectic and busy that I've either been too tired or too busy to bake, much less take pictures and post it on my blog! But school is almost over already, I can't believe how fast this year has gone! And especially the past 4 years, I don't know where the time has gone! It is kind of a bittersweet feeling. I'm glad to be done with homework, tests and projects but I'm really going to miss my friends and all of the great memories we have made together :( The best times of my life have occurred at good ole Loras College and it's been the most amazing four years of my life. It's kind of sad that we're all growing up, getting jobs, getting houses, getting married, having babies. When did this all happen??? Can't I just go back to having recess and nap time??? But still, it will be nice to get my life started and start making money for a change! Other than my friends the thing I'm going to miss about college the most is how laid back things can get...right now I only have 1 class most days and other than that I can basically choose my schedule...can't complain about that!
But anyways, doing a little bit of baking today really helped on the stress relief spectrum of things but I wanted to get out of the norm of chocolate chip cookies and brownies that I usually make so I thought this would be a great and yummy idea! The recipe was so easy too, and so much better than store bought fruit pizza! I feel like the stuff from the store tastes really chemically and cheap. (no offense Hy-Vee!)
But here's the recipe:
1 package store bought sugar cookie dough (or you could use home made, if you're feeling really ambitious)
Variety of fruit for the topping
Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe at the bottom)
Directions: Spread the cookie dough in a pan of your choice, I used a tart pan with a removeable bottom because it would be easiest but you can really use anything you want. Also, you can either spread it outwards from the middle in the pan or roll the dough on a floured surface and transfer it to the pan (I just spread it in the pan). Bake according to package instructions. While baking make the cream cheese frosting to spread on top of the dough (recipe follows).
Also prepare the fruit that you wish to use as a topping. If you visit foodgawker.com and search for fruit pizza, there are some great suggestions for topping and designs that are a lot more creative (and fruity) than mine.
Let the sugar cookie crust cool completely before frosting, then frost evenly and arrange the fruit topping!
Cream Cheese Frosting
8oz. package cream cheese
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups confectioners sugar
Whip the butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy, about 2-4 mintues. Add vanilla extract and mix again. Then gradually sift in confectioners sugar, or add 1/2 cup at a time until incorporated.
And the finished result is sooo yummy! And so easy, why not try it???