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Derby Shrimp & Grits with Tasso Gravy


Churchill Downs Kentucky Derby Shrimp and Grits Recipe

What goes well with a Mint Julep? Shrimp and grits, of course!  Surprise your Derby party guests with the same dish that our chefs at Churchill Downs will be serving at the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby.


1 Pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 tablespoon Olive oil
1 tablespoon Butter

Heat olive oil and butter in a skillet over medium heat. Sauté onions until tender, then toss in shrimp. Season with salt and pepper, and cook 4 to 5 minutes or until shrimp turn pink. 


1 cup white Wiesenberger grits
2 cups water
2 cups milk
2 cups white cheddar cheese, grated
1tablespoon salt- or more to taste
1 teaspoon white pepper

Combine milk and water in a 5 qt. heavy bottomed sauce pan. Add the salt to the liquids and bring to a boil. Add the grits to the pot, whisking until well incorporated keep stirring until the water comes back to a slight boil. Reduce heat to very low. Cover and let grits cook very slowly and gently for about 30 minutes or until they are tender to the tongue and the liquid is absorbed. Add white pepper, cayenne and cheese.

Tasso Gravy

2 tablespoons butter
1/2 pound Tasso, diced
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup strong coffee
2 cups chicken broth
2 dash tabasco sauce
Salt and pepper to taste

Melt butter in a skillet; add Tasso, and sauté until browned. Whisk in flour, and cook, whisking constantly, until lightly browned. Whisk in coffee and broth; simmer, whisking until smooth, 15 minutes .season, salt, and pepper.


Place grits large platter, place shrimp on top of grits, and then top with Tasso gravy.

Criminalita Negroni Recipe from Spiaggia's Barman Derek Mercer


Negroni Recipe Cocktail Spiaggia Chicago

Shortly after the invention of the Negroni, some intrepid bartender switched out the cocktail's gin for a pour of whiskey, giving birth to the Boulevardier.  Nearly a century later, Derek Mercer, Barman at Chicago's famed restaurant Spiaggia, ventured to use some of his favorite ingredients to create the next evolution of the cocktail, the Criminalita Negroni.

This easy recipe makes a complex cocktail that serves as a perfect apertif or nightcap. 


2 oz Redemption Rye
1 oz Punt e Mes
1 oz Campari
1 bar spoon of Contratto Fernet
2 dashes of Peychauds bitters
1 slice of orange peel


Combine all ingredients except the peel in a mixing glass. Add ice, stir to combine, and strain into a coupe. Pinch the peel over the glass to release the orange's natural oils. Garnish with the peel and serve.

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