The Kentucky Derby is a horse race held annually in Louisville, Kentucky. It’s a big to-do – women get all dressed up with their finest hats, people host Derby parties – all for 2 minutes of racing.
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I don’t know about you, but I love to watch the Kentucky Derby. One day, I would love to actually be there live, all dressed up, wearing a big hat and cheering on the horses…but until then, I watch it on T.V.
This year the 143rd Derby is Saturday, May 6th. In honor of the Kentucky Derby, I’ve scoured the internet for tradition Kentucky Derby fare and a few variations that break from tradition as well! From small bites to hearty stews (and of course a cocktail) these recipes make a great spread for your Kentucky Derby gathering or for any occasion.
Benedictine Spread from The Kitchen Prep Blog
Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs from A Spicy Perspective
Kentucky Hot Brown from Seasoned Kitchen ~ an open-faced sandwich that combines ham, turkey, tomato and bacon, topped with a bubbling hot cheese sauce. The Kentucky Hot Brown has its roots at the Brown Hotel in Louisville.
Kentucky Burgoo from Honest Food
Kentucky Hot Brown Sliders from Call Me PMC
Roasted Garlic Parmesan Beer Cheese Dip from The Beeroness
Crab Cakes from Living Linda
Gluten Free Sausage Balls from 918 Plate
Smoked Cheddar Shrimp and Grits Bites from Iowa Girl Eats
It wouldn’t be the Kentucky Derby without drinks, especially the Mint Julep which is:
1 cup fresh mint
1 pint bourbon (we like Woodford Reserve)
1 cup sugar
In an airtight container, gently muddle mint with sugar. Add bourbon, cover, and allow flavors to meld for 3 days.
When ready to serve strain mint mixture through cheesecloth into a serving pitcher. Fill glasses with crushed ice. Add 1 part mint mixture to 2 parts bourbon. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint. Serve with a straw.
But here are a few other drinks you may want to try.
Sparkling Mint Juleps from The Kitchen is My Playground
Kentucky Mojito from Hairspray and High Heels
And don’t forget the desserts…
Brown Butter Bourbon Pecan Pie with Bourbon Whipped Cream from The Gold Lining Girl
Mint Julep Fudge from Lemons for Lulu
Carrot Cake Cupcakes from Living Linda
Bourbon Salted Caramels from Shutterbean
Happy Derby Day, everyone!
What’s your favorite Kentucky Derby recipe? Let us know in the comments!