Kentucky Derby Wedge Salad with Benedictine Dressing
Yields Serves 8
From John Bettis, The Brown Hotel, Louisville, Kentucky
1 pound country ham, julienned
2 heads Kentucky lettuce, quartered
8 ounces blue cheese, crumbled (Chef Bettis likes Boone Creek Creamery's Rhapsody Blue)
1 bunch spring chives, finely chopped
8 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
For the dressing:
1 cup cream cheese, softened
1 cup mayonnaise
4 English cucumbers, diced and divided
Salt and pepper
In small sauté pan set over low heat, render ham until crispy. Remove from pan and drain on paper towel-lined plate.
Make dressing by adding add cream cheese, mayonnaise, and half the cucumbers to bowl of food processor. Blend until smooth and transfer to small mixing bowl. Fold in diced cucumber and season to taste.
Assemble salads on 8 plates by topping wedge of lettuce with dressing and sprinkling with country ham, blue cheese, chives, and tomatoes.