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Food ideas for bourbon tasting party

What foods would be good to serve at a bourbon tasting party?

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    1. Something involving Colonel Newsom's Kentucky ham.

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        1. re: Kosmonaut

          Ham is ALWAYS a good idea. It should be required eating on a regular basis.

      1. I am assuming you are having tidbits and not a dinner. So I would suggest an antipasto platter, olives, nuts (salty and/or spicy, or both!).

        Of course any pecan sweets would be good. Small pecan cookies bars perhaps?


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        1. something with bacon to compliment the subtle smokiness of the bourbon

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          1. re: Biggie

            Hmm. Maple bacon candy, perhaps?

          2. think Southern, since that's where Bourbon is born: Sweet potato fritters and/or beignets, andouille sausage skewers, boudin noir, spicy boiled shrimp, crawfish boulettes (spicy fried crawfish balls bound with egg, panko, trinity etc), buttermilk fried chicken nuggets, just about anything dipped in remoulade or ravigote sauce... crap this reminds me I think I'm out of bourbon...Oh and spicy pickled okra and string beans ROCK.

            1. Bonbons. =)

              I never knew that "Congress declared bourbon to be "America's Native Spirit" and its official distilled spirit." Maybe you can use foods that go with a national theme?

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              1. re: chica

                These are all great ideas. Just now, I ate some chorizo that I ordered from La Tienda with my Woodford Reserve---good, but probably not as good as the Southern USA suggestions by diropstim.

              2. New York style would be slices of grilled fillet mignon served on rounds of bread, no silverware. Read Joseph Mitchell's story about the New York institution of the "beefsteak" called "All you can hold for five bucks," which is included in his book, _Up in the Old Hotel_ among other places. _The New Yorker_ revisited the phenomenon of the beefsteak a couple of years ago as I recall, but Mitchell's story is a real American culinary classic, and a bourbon tasting and beefsteak seem like a match made in... well let's just say they'd be a good match.

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