Kentucky Derby 2016 Party

Tyler and I love the Kentucky Derby and have tried to host a party each year. This year, we had a great group and enjoyed lots of Owen's cocktails (check out the amazing menus my hubby made!) and yummy southern appetizers.
I made mini chicken and waffle sliders....I bought mini egos and chicken nuggets and added a dollop of maple syrup. Such a hit and super easy to make!

 
We of course had lots of cheese...this crowd loves a good cheese platter!
 I also made a baked brie with kahlua, brown sugar, and pecans. I also made pulled pork for mini sandwiches and the most delicious mac and cheese I've ever made. Instead of using elbow macaroni, I used a larger spiral noodle so they could soak up all of the cheese. Sadly I forgot to take pictures! Here's the recipe:

Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups of radiatore pasta
  • 3 tablespoons of butter or margarine
  • 3 tablespoons of all purpose flour
  • 2 cups of milk - use any kind other than skim
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pepper
  • 2 cups of shredded cheese

Directions
  • Preheat the oven to 350. Spray an 8x8 baking dish with cooking spray and set to the side.
  • Bring a pot of water to a boil and add the pasta. I always salt the water slightly and add a splash of oil to prevent the water from boiling over.
  • Cook the pasta until it is done, but still firm, then drain.
  • While the pasta is cooking, in another pot large enough to fit the cooked pasta, melt the butter.
  • When butter is melted, add the flour and stir until the mixture is lightly browned (about 1 to 2 minutes).
  • Add the milk, salt and pepper to the flour mixture and whisk together to remove any lumps.
  • Stir in the shredded cheese and whisk until all of the cheese is smooth and melted.
  • Add the drained pasta to the sauce and stir until well combined.
  • Pour macaroni and cheese into the baking dish and bake until brown and bubbly (40 to 45 minutes).
Tyler also organizes a betting wall each year. We used the glass pens my sister-in-law gave us and drew up the betting board on our giant mirror.
 Some of the remaining boys on our roof enjoying a few beverages.
Sunday night dinner done right....I made lamb chops (I added an extra garlic glove and used lemon zest from a whole lemon) with caramelized onion and snap peas with quinoa. Delicious!

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