This Saturday America's oldest sporting event — the Kentucky Derby — is taking place. To celebrate, round up some friends for a horse-race watching party. At the afternoon affair serve a lunch menu with dishes that are inspired by the South.
Start things off with ham biscuits and pimento cheese toasts. For the first course, serve a green salad with roasted asparagus. After the race invite everyone to join you at the table for shrimp and grits.
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3 cups flour Makes 12. 10 ounces extra-sharp Cheddar, coarsely grated (4 cups) Makes about 36 hors d'oeuvres. Make ahead: cheese spread can be made 3 days ahead and chilled, covered. 1 pound medium asparagus Serves 6. For the shrimp: Serves 6.
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small chunks, plus softened butter for spreading
3/4 cup milk, plus more for moistening
Pure maple syrup, for spreading
6 ounces thinly sliced dry-cured country ham or prosciutto
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup finely diced bottled roasted red pepper (rinse and pat dry first)
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
10 ounces mixed spring lettuces
One 1 1/2-ounce piece of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, shaved into curls with a vegetable peeler
2 tablespoons Louisiana-style Cajun seasoning, preferably Tone's
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
Freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined, preferably wild Georgia shrimp
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon miced garlic
For the grits:
Two 0.4-ounce chicken bouillon cubes, preferably Knorr
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup quick-cooking white grits
1 tablespoon tomato paste
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
3 1/2 ounces extra-sharp cheddar cheese
For the sauce:
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup homemade or store-bought low-sodium chicken stock
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce, preferably Texas Pete
1 slice center-cut sugar-cured country ham, 1/4-inch thick, trimmed
3 cups flour
10 ounces extra-sharp Cheddar, coarsely grated (4 cups)
Makes about 36 hors d'oeuvres.
Make ahead: cheese spread can be made 3 days ahead and chilled, covered.
1 pound medium asparagus
For the shrimp: