I had lunch with a good friend this week and we were talking about Southern hospitality and family traditions. She mentioned a Derby pie her grandmother in Louisville always made and I thought it would be perfect for a polo match. She emailed me the recipe and it could not be easier to make. I am a big fan of homemade crust, but in this case, take the shortcut and buy the frozen crusts at the grocery store. It comes in a two pack, which is perfect for this recipe, and Wick’s is my favorite brand. I made the pies after a work happy hour and during the GOP debate, so I was not up for the fight with the food processor to get the crust made and rolled out. I also used whole pecans as a garnish instead of incorporated into the batter. This way my friends could pick off the one or two pecans on their slice if they wanted.
(makes two pies)
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup flour
- 4 eggs slightly beaten
- 2 sticks butter, melted
- 2 tsp vanilla extract (or eyeball some bourbon)
- 12 ounces chocolate chips
- 2 deep dish frozen pie shells
Mix the sugar, flour, eggs, butter and vanilla. It should be pretty smooth. Add the chips and pecans and pour the mixture into the 2 pie shells. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes and then cool. You can refrigerate it overnight and then warm a slice in the microwave. You can also use a combination of milk chocolate and white chocolate.
My fabulous and always chic friend Carrie arrived with a cheese tray and china from the Capital Grille at the Conrad. She is the epitome of class and the sweetest and most considerate friend. Lindsay brought the best goat cheese and bread from Scholar’s Inn. Ali made an amazing pasta salad and I brought my go to summer meal: cukes, tomatoes, olives, feta, and olive oil/balsamic. I could eat it everyday.
There is something great about a picnic, pie, and some polo watching. Polo may have a rap as a hoity toity sport, but it is not. You can go in jeans, a t-shirt, boots, and dirt stains on your pants are encouraged. In fact, most true polo people do not dress up. It’s about the sport and not so much about stomping the divets and chugging your champagne. That said, I still put on a striped dress and packed a hat in my work bag to take to the match. If you’ve never been to a polo match, google and I bet there is a club in your city. Matches are usually $20-25 a car depending on the event and usually the money benefits a charity. Some clubs even offer free practice matches open to the public. So pack some snacks and say the word chukker (quarters) like you know what you’re talking about!
The event we went to, Polo at Sunset, benefitted Cancer Support Community Central Indiana and Easter Seals Crossroads and was held by the Hickory Hall Polo Club in Whitestown, Indiana.