It is hard to believe Derby Day is exactly three weeks from today. I have so much to tell you and so many recipes, I need to get started. Have you ordered your country ham yet? The official Blog Derby Party starts next Saturday, April 17th.
There is just no way to have a Kentucky Derby Party without some form of country ham and biscuits. This is not the traditional Beaten Biscuits and Country Ham. I will post that later. You may want to make a tray of each and let your guest decide which they like best. Both are great.
The ham filling is also great on small store bought yeast rolls. Who am I kidding, slap some ham filling on two piece of bread and a leaf of lettuce and take it for lunch.
Derby Day Biscuits with Country Ham Filling
36 bite size biscuits
Filling for 36 small biscuits
2 cups self rising flour
2/3 cup shortening
2/3 cup half and half
Country Ham Filling:
1 cup of Kentucky country ham, cooked and minced
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened - country ham needs no extra salt added
Combine the flour and shortening in a large mixing bowl. Hand mix with a pastry blender until the mixture resemble little peas. Add half and half and stir lightly.
Turn the mixture onto a floured surface and shape into a ball. Roll out to 1/2 inch thickness, then cut with a 2-inch biscuit cutter, or close, and place biscuits on an ungreased pan. Bake in a preheated 450-degrees oven for about 10-12 minutes.
To prepare filling, combine the ham and butter in a small bowl. Split hot biscuits in half. Use about 1 tablespoon filling for each biscuit.