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Friday, June 5, 2009

Belmont Stakes: Entertaining at Home with Woodford Reserve

Woodford Reserve Bourbon knows how much you love to entertain at home. This weekend while you prepare for the Belmont Stakes reach for Woodford Reserve Bourbon to add extra flavor to your appetizers and bring a touch of authentic winning atmosphere to your Triple Crown horse racing fan wrap up festivities. Woodford Reserve is the Official Bourbon of the Belmont Stakes. Try these simple bourbon-based recipes for a day at the races or to enjoy at home with your guests. Be sure to pair these bourbon treats with the official cocktail of the Belmont Stakes, the Belmont Breeze.

Woodford Reserve Bacon Toast
1/4 pound bacon
3 slices wheat bread
1/2 cup mango chutney
1 tablespoon Woodford Reserve bourbon

Preheat broiler to high. Cook bacon until crisp, chop into fine pieces and place on a small plate. Using a biscuit cutter or the top of a jar, stamp out 1½ inch bread rounds. In a small bowl mix the chutney and bourbon, heating slightly in the microwave to mix thoroughly. Spread a generous amount of the chutney mixture on the bread round then dip it in the bacon pieces so they stick to the bread. Repeat the steps for each bread round. Just before serving heat under the broiler to further crisp the bacon. Serve immediately.

Yield: 6 toasts

Note: The toasts can be made one day ahead and stored in the refrigerator until ready to broil and serve.

Woodford Reserve-Soaked Dates
24 pitted dates
1/2 cup Woodford Reserve bourbon
24 pecan halves
Granulated sugar

Soak dates in bourbon overnight. Drain and put pecan in center of each date. Roll in sugar. Serve at room temperature or store in an airtight container.

Woodford Reserve and Pecan Brie
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup Woodford Reserve bourbon
1 small (8-ounce) wheel brie
1 baguette, sliced

Combine syrup, pecans and bourbon in a small pan and simmer over low heat for 5 minutes. Pierce the brie with a fork and pour the sauce over the top. Serve with baguette slices.

Serves 6.

Woodford Reserve Mustard Wraps
3 sandwich wraps
9 slices thinly-sliced turkey
9 slices smoky provolone cheese
Roasted red peppers to taste
Shredded lettuce
1/4 cup stone ground mustard
1 tablespoon Woodford Reserve bourbon

Layer three slices of turkey over the bourbon mustard. Add three slices of cheese, roasted red peppers and shredded lettuce. Mix bourbon and mustard together and top with bourbon mustard. Slice wrap in half.

Serves 6.

· Belmont Breeze – Official Cocktail of the Belmont Stakes
· More information about Belmont Stakes

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1 comment:

Jim @ said...

Wow, what cool sounding appetizers! I'm sure they taste great!