This is a decadent spread that would be perfect for your Derby Party or any party really. Country ham is always present when planning a Derby event and when you pair this country ham spread with hoe cakes and biscuits it takes it up another level all together. It's also great with crackers or spread on party bread like rye or with pita chips. This does have bourbon in it and it's not cooked so it doesn't evaporate, so if you don't care for the alcohol, just leave it out. It's still really good! So here is the recipe:
1 1/2 cups chopped cooked country ham
1 stick butter softened
8 oz. block softened cream cheese
1 tsp. spicy brown mustard
dash of Tabasco sauce
2 Tbs. good KY bourbon
Place the country ham in a pan lined with foil, with enough left over to wrap it up. I just used a package of the country ham cut for biscuits. You could also use slices. Put a 1/4 cup bourbon and 1/4 cup water over it Bake in a 375 degree oven for 30 minutes and then uncover and bake for about 10 more minutes.
Take it out of the oven and set aside to cool. Once it has cooled, chop it up and put the ham, butter, cream cheese, bourbon, mustard and Tabasco sauce in the bowl of your food processor. Process until it is smooth and whipped. You will need to scrape down the sides a couple of times. Place in a serving bowl, cover and chill.
Now make your little mini hoe cakes and biscuits. I thought this was good on both hoe cakes and biscuits, but it's also really good on crackers or party bread also. I must admit the hoe cakes were my favorite though, but I never met much cornbread I didn't like! Here is the recipe for hoe cakes, just make them much smaller. You only need to drop a spoonful for this size.