Reason No. 1 Kentucky is Awesome…


September 19, 2012 by Emily Pergament

So I was writing about the Kentucky Derby for a grad school paper (yeah, Sport Management is a great master’s degree to get) and decided to check out the Churchill Downs and Derby websites to see if I was missing anything.

Apparently, I was. In the party/food section, I found the following; how unfair good does this sound:

Lobster Macaroni and Cheese with Truffle Oil
by Kent Rathbun of Abascus Restaurant

  • 2 ounces olive oil
  • 24 ounces lobster meat, cubed
  • 2 ounces extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 pounds orzo pasta
  • 2 quarts chicken stock, strained clean
  • 2 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoon shallots, minced
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup romano cheese, grated
  • ⅛ cup basil leaves, chiffonade
  • ⅛ cup spinach leaves, chiffonade
  • 2 tablespoons oregano, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
  • 8 ounces prosciutto ham, julienne thin
  • 2 tablespoon cracked black pepper
  • 2 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons truffle oil


  1. In a large pot over medium to high heat add olive oil and saute lobster meat until it is medium rare (about 2 minutes).
  2. Remove lobster and add the extra virgin olive oil.
  3. Lower heat to medium and add half of the orzo pasta, and saute until golden brown.
  4. Add garlic, shallots and remaining half of the pasta.
  5. Cover with half of the chicken stock.
  6. Continue cooking until pasta absorbs most of the stock.
  7. Add the rest of the stock and continue cooking until all of the stock is absorbed.
  8. Add heavy cream and romano cheese, stir until cheese is melted.
  9. Add basil leaves, spinach leaves, oregano and parsley.
  10. In a saute pan, quickly saute the prosciutto ham until crisp.
  11. Add to pasta; prosciutto, lobster meat and finish with truffle oil.

Yep.  I’ll be making that on the First Saturday in May for sure.  And you better believe it’ll have bread crumbs on it.

What’s your favorite dish for a certain sporting event?



3 thoughts on “Reason No. 1 Kentucky is Awesome…

  1. Emily says:

    When I go to the Mets game, I like to get Nathan’s chicken fingers and crinkly fries. As for a dish to make at home, I don’t have a favorite, though I imagine I should eat potato skins while watching my Redskins.


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