Tag: Kentucky Hot Brown
Crashed for a night at this grown-up hotel in Houston (because the teepee motel I really wanted to stay at was just too far away)…
Derby Day is such an enchanting holiday; one of my faves.
(Alright, it’s not a national holiday, but it should be!)
The Kentucky Derby – held every year in the grand, small city of Louisville – is a day of fantasy. Flowing, over-the-top hats, romantic dresses, shiny cocktails, and fast horses – lots of horses – flaunting their speed around a pretty little racetrack. It’s Southern decadence at its finest.
Sadly, Louisville is a 16-hour drive from Austin. If it was just a few hours closer, you can bet your julep I’d be galloping to the real deal, Churchill Downs, to imbibe an authentic Derby race.
Instead, I’ll be floatin’ on over to a Houston racetrack to watch live races, nibble on Derby pies and, hopefully, win a hat contest.
So tonight, to prime for the event, I’m mixing up mint juleps and broiling a Kentucky Hot Brown, which is a magnificent, saucy stack of egg-battered bread, turkey, tomato, cheese, and gravy topped with bacon. (I use Bobby Flay’s recipe. Full disclosure: I cooked up chicken instead of turkey, because turkey and I aren’t chummy these days. I find him boring.)
My first brush with this indulgent dish was at Lynn’s Paradise Cafe in Louisville, or Loo-a-vul, as the drawly locals call it. It was a gargantuan sandwich. It’s devastating to admit that I couldn’t even finish it.
Here’s the best part about the Brown, aside from ladles of gravy, obviously: That thick slice of tomato!
Mmmm, the hot, juicy tomato folded into gooey cheese and crunchy bacon… sublimeness.
Oh, and don’t forget to wet your palate all weekend long with a cool, bourbon-y mint julep.
Here’s hoping that the horses run injury-free tomorrow, and that your weekend is fantastic and leisurely…