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Cooking with Woodford Reserve Bourbon

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Bourbon plays a big part in the Kentucky Derby, and Woodford Reserve's Chef-in-Residence Ouita Michel knows what foods pair well with the commonwealth's native spirit. She's well known for her use of local foods at her restaurants, which includes the Holly Hill Inn and Wallace Station Deli and Bakery in Midway, KY, and Windy Corner Market and Restaurant in Versailles.

Pork chops Bourbonaise 

Serves 6


6-10 ounce of your favorite pork chops ( I use one big chop or two little chops per person)

3 cups Woodford Reserve bourbon

1 ½ cups ketchup

3 cups brown sugar

1 cup soy sauce

1 ½ cups Creole mustard

½ small can of chipotles in adobo


Combine the bourbon, ketchup, sugar, soy, mustard and chipotles in a sauce pan and simmer until reduced by about 1/3. Cool-use enough to marinate the pork chops thoroughly-and save the rest for a tasty sauce. This also makes a great sauce for ribs and chicken.

We serve with Wesienberger cheese Grits, sautéed mustard greens with Woodford Bacon Jam, and Woodford honey poached fuji apples.

 Rose Scented Woodford Reserve Blackberry Shortcakes with Sorghum Crème Fraiche

Rose scented biscuit shortbread

Macerated berries, recipe follows

Sorghum Crème Fraiche, recipe follows

 Biscuit Shortbreads

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

1 Tbsp. rosewater syrup

Zest of 1 lemon

1 stick (4 ounces) cold or frozen unsalted butter

¾ cup buttermilk

Preheat oven to 400°. Lightly grease or line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.

Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Using a cheese grater, grate cold or frozen butter into dry ingredients and mix until crumbly.

Add buttermilk and rose water syrup and quickly work into flour mixture with a pastry cutter, wooden spoon, or by hand. Knead with a few quick strokes into a rounded mound and let rest 20-30 minutes in refrigerator.

Roll dough on a floured surface to a thickness of ½ inch. Cut with a 2-inch biscuit cutter or glass rim.

Bake on prepared baking sheet for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned and baked through.

When cooled, slice horizontally.. 

Macerated Berries

2 cups blackberries or substitute your favorite berry

2 tablespoons rosewater syrup

1 Tbsp. fresh minced mint

1 ounce Woodford Reserve

Mix everything together and let sit for about 12 minutes

 Sorghum Creme

½ cup sour cream

1 cup heavy cream

2 tablespoons sorghum

½ teaspoon vanilla

1 tsp. Woodford Reserve- just a splash

Whisk sour cream in a small mixing bowl and slowly whisk in heavy cream.

Add the sorghum and beat together until stiff like a nice whipped cream

Fold in the Vanilla and the Woodford Reserve. Chill.

To plate:

Split the biscuits, add the berries, top with the sorghum cream and garnish with a sprig of mint and a little dusting of powdered sugar.

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