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May 7, 2011

Kentucky Derby Cocktails & Appetizers

- Baked Brie with Brown Sugar and Almonds -


1 8oz Round of Brie
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup sliced almonds

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Melt butter in a small sauce pan. Add the almonds and saute until lightly toasted, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle a bit of cinnamon and brown sugar or honey over saute'd almonds.

Place the brie in a baking dish and cover with brown sugar. Then, top with saute'd butter and almonds. Bake for 15 minutes, or until the Brie is melted and the brown sugar slightly caramelized.

- Cocktail Franks in Pineapple Compote -


1 package of Cocktail Franks
1 jar (11oz) Boar's Head Brown Sugar & Spice Ham Glaze
1/3 cup pineapple juice
1/2 cup crushed pineapple, drained

In a small non-stick saucepan mix the glaze, pineapple juice and crushed pineapple, over low heat. Cook until blended, about 4 minutes and then add the cocktail franks. Raise the heat to medium and cook for about 6 minutes, until franks are warmed through. Either eat right away or transfer to a crock pot or chafing dish to keep them warm.

I decided to make a light meal out of these delicious appetizers. They were surprisingly very filling and a perfect pair to the Kentucky Derby races. We also enjoyed bloody mary's as pre-derby cocktails.

- Homemade Old Fashion Cupcakes
with Almond Cream Cheese Frosting -

These cupcakes were so yummy that I had to make them again. The icing is to die for! We saved them for a late night snack the Derby was over. You can find the recipe for both at the end of the Colorblock Dinner Party blog post. I highly suggest these cupcakes for any party, cocktail hour or small get together.


And congratulations to Animal Kingdom and his team for winning the 2011 Kentucky Derby!

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