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Derby Week Bourbon Balls – Thelma Lou’s Recipe

Today kicks off Derby Week around the world  Or maybe just in Kentucky and the South!  Either way it’s a week of horses, Mint Juleps, and funky hats.  Brooks and I had the pleasure of going to the derby two years ago and it was such an amazing experience.  All the pomp and circumstance that goes into the derby in the days leading up to the big race is mind-blowing.  Parties, early races like the Oaks on Friday, and shopping for Derby memorabilia.

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Brooks and I at the Derby in 2013

As you can tell by Brooks’ jacket, it rained that year.  It didn’t rain all day so we had time to go hat-watching and celebrity spotting!  That also meant that we spent a lot of time at the bar.  Sucking down Mint Juleps, Bourbon with bourbon floaters, and for me, The Oaks Lily!  The official drink of The Oaks race, it’s Grey Goose Vodka, Cranberry juice, Triple Sec, and sour mix.  I guzzled down quite a few of these that day!  But even with these tasty concoctions, bourbon is the drink of the day.  Or week.  Or all year round for people in Kentucky, and our house.  Brooks grandmother has a great recipe for bourbon balls so I thought we could start off Derby Week with these drunken delights!
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Woodford Reserve is the official bourbon of the Kentucky Derby, but it is quite expensive.  I used Jim Beam for these but feel free to use any bourbon that you like.  Some people prefer the cheaper versions for cooking and baking.  Brooks would have killed me if I used one of his “nice” bottles that he collects.

 

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Mix all ingredients together and roll into 1 inch balls.

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Chill the balls in the fridge while you melt the chocolate.

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Melt Chocolate in double boiler or in microwave.

 

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Dip bourbon balls in chocolate and roll to coat.

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Chill the balls into ready to eat!

 

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Bourbon balls are a quick and easy treat to make, last for weeks, and make a great dessert for Derby week while you are slamming down Mint Juleps!

What are you making this Derby Week and which horse will you be cheering for?

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Derby Week Bourbon Balls - Thelma Lou's Recipe
 
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These boozy treats are great for your Derby party!
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Serves: 50 balls
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs plus ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1½ sticks butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup bourbon
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted and salted
Instructions
  1. Mix together the butter and sugar.
  2. Add in the pecans, juice, and bourbon.
  3. Roll into 1 inch balls, or what ever size you choose.
  4. Chill for 10 minutes.
  5. While balls are chillin' melt your chocolate.
  6. Roll your bourbon balls in the chocolate so all sides are coated.
  7. Place on parchment paper and chill in fridge until ready to eat!

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Bourbon Bacon Brussels Sprouts

I always think that Brussels sprouts look like little tiny green brains or mini heads.  I want to draw faces on them and dance them around the cutting board.  My mom used to dance a whole chicken around the kitchen when she was trying to make me laugh.  When the sprouts are all out on my cutting board, ready to get trimmed, I imagine them to be my own version of the Veggie Tales show.  Instead of talking about morality or virtues, my veggies are sitting in a circle drinking wine, talking about shoes, and judging the other vegetables because they don’t have as many vitamins or minerals.  Since we are talking about vegetables that are drinking, let’s get them drunk and see what happens.  And maybe we can add some bacon too.  Everything is better with bacon, and bourbon.

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Sometimes I roast my sprouts in the oven with some lemon juice and sometimes I just throw them in a pan.  Depends on how full my oven is, or really how lazy I am feeling at the time.

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These sprouts are easy to make, and the addition of the bacon and bourbon add a saltiness and a caramel flavor that sweetens them up.

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These make a quick and easy side dish and I bet you might even get the kids to eat some if you put on a veggie tales show beforehand!  Just make sure you watch the language!

Bourbon Bacon Brussels Sprouts
 
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Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and quartered
  • 2 slices bacon, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ⅜ cup bourbon
Instructions
  1. In a pan, add the bacon and cook over medium heat until bacon is almost crispy and fat rendered.
  2. Pour ⅛ cup bourbon and cook until all fat is rendered and bacon evaporated.
  3. Remove bacon and leave fat in the pan.
  4. Add the olive oil.
  5. Add Brussels sprouts and cook until desired tenderness.
  6. Add ¼ cup bourbon and cover with lid or foil.
  7. Cook for a few minutes or until bourbon is absorbed.
  8. Remove to serving bowls and sprinkle with bacon.
  9. Serve warm.
 

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Trimming sprouts!

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Cooking bacon!

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Sprouts cooked with bourbon!

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