There are plenty of great food and drink traditions at the Kentucky Derby i.e. the famous Mint Julep. However for your Derby Party consider this snack recipe from the chef at Churchill Downs, David Danielson.
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1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1/8 tsp. kosher salt
4 Tbsp. unsalted butter
4 slices crisp cooked bacon, chopped
2 cups chopped pecans
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
Total time: 35 minutes
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, add 1/2 cup water, sugars, syrup, and salt and stir until dissolved. Increase heat to high and cook, stirring frequently, until boiling.
Add butter, then cook without stirring until mixture reaches 230° on a candy thermometer. Once it does, begin stirring and cook until mixture reaches 280°. Then add bacon and pecans and stir until mixture reaches 300°.
Turn off heat. Add vanilla and baking soda, stirring until dissolved. Pour mixture onto baking sheet and, using a spatula, spread in a thin layer.
Allow brittle to cool completely, then break into pieces. Serve or store in an airtight container for 7 to 10 days.