So, will history be made this weekend? It’s thirty-seven years since Affirmed won the Triple Crown of racing, the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes. Whether you are a horse racing fan or not, American Pharoah hopes to become only the twelfth horse in history to win the Triple Crown. I think that’s more than reason enough call a few friends, grab a big hat and whip up a jug of fancy cocktails.
With chilly temps in the northeast, a hot hors d’oeuvre or two sounds good to start. How about Tartelettes au Fromage avec Saucisse et Poireaux, Greek Stuffed Mushrooms or Zucchini Pancakes. Yum! Serve these toasty treats with champagne or prosecco or a special cocktail. A Belmont Breeze, Belmont Jewel or Long Island Ice Tea would work.
Once history is made (or not), fire up the grill for try a delicious dinner of
Greek Salad with Grilled Shrimp. You can make the salad in advance and the shrimp grill up in minutes. Add some Orzo with Lemony Pesto and dinner is complete. You can make the orzo in advance and serve it at room temperature as a salad or cook it up at the last minute and serve it hot. (I usually top the orzo with grilled tomatoes. Since the Greek salad is full of tomatoes, you can skip them here.)
Enjoy the race and bon appétit!
What are you cooking this weekend? I’d love to hear from you! Let’s get a conversation going
© Susan W. Nye, 2015