This weekend features the Kentucky Derby and Mother’s Day back to back. While the two events may not seem as if they’d work together, some Derby Day party favorites do easy double duty as stars in a Mother’s Day brunch. Paired with what may be Syracuse’s first 70-degree sunny weekend in months, readers can plan a picnic brunch that celebrates both Saturday’s sport of kings and Sunday’s dedication to moms, and turn this weekend into a two-day party.
For recipes, click on the links in this Kentucky Derby/Mother’s Day Brunch menu:
- Cocktail: Chambord Fleur de Lis™
- Soup: Chilled Pea Soup with fresh mint
- Salads: Fresh Fruit Salad with cinnamon and Black Eyed Pea Salad
- Entree: Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwich
- Dessert: Mint Julep Cupcakes
- Beverage: Sweet Iced Tea (non-alcoholic)
Give Mother’s Day brunch a new take on freshly squeezed juice by serving a favorite Derby Day cocktail. Chambord Fleur de Lis™ is a bright combination of lemonade, cranberry juice, vodka and Chambord, a raspberry liqueur. This light refresher will pamper mom served in champagne flutes garnished with lemon slices and a single fresh raspberry floating in the bottom of the glass.
Then open the meal with southern and mom-approved favorites: a simple chilled soup of fresh peas, cream and mint from southern chef Curtis Aikens; a cinnamon-y fresh fruit salad; and for a little luck, Churchill Downs Chef Jo-Jo Doyle’s black-eyed pea salad.
The main event, a Kentucky Hot Brown sandwich, was made famous in 1926 at the Brown Hotel in Kentucky. From its humble beginnings as a midnight snack, this hot sandwich has become a traditional favorite served at Churchill Downs on Derby Day. But what mom wouldn’t enjoy Bobby Flay’s recipe for a hot turkey sandwich topped with tomato slices, fresh Mornay (cheese) sauce and fresh, crispy bacon?
Missing the mint juleps? Twist the Kentucky Derby theme into mint julep cupcakes, a mom-friendly dessert. These buttery, lightly bourbon-flavored treats were a hit on Friday, May 6 when served to Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotbe during the Today show’s fourth hour.
Round out this combination Derby Day/Mother’s Day brunch with pitchers of non-alcoholic sweet tea garnished with lemons and oranges.
All of the ingredients for this brunch menu are readily available in Syracuse’s major supermarkets. Most recipes can be prepared a day ahead, made in double batches, and pack easily in insulated containers for a picnic.
Get a head start on Syracuse’s Saturday shoppers and head to Wegmans, Tops or Price Chopper with a list and these recipes. This afternoon, wow Kentucky Derby party guests with an array of southern tastes. Then repeat this menu to pamper mom on Mother’s Day, May 8.
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- FoodNetwork.com – Bobby Flay, Curtis Aikens recipes
- Hostess with the Mostest blog – Party ideas, recipes
- KentuckyDerbyParty.com – Party ideas, recipes
- TODAY Food at the Kentucky Derby – Chef Jo-Jo Doyle’s black eyed pea salad recipe