Kentucky Recipes for a Derby Celebration

Whether you are having friends over, or are invited to party to watch the event, making food to eat during the Kentucky Derby is always fun and delicious!

Here are some of my picks for a Derby Day celebration, including some great Kentucky favorites and traditional recipes.

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    Mint Julep in Derby Glasses
    Mint Julep in Derby Glasses. Diana Rattray

    It wouldn't be much of a Derby celebration without frosty ice-cold mint juleps with Kentucky bourbon and fresh mint leaves.

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    Kentucky Hot Brown
    Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwich. Diana Rattray

    These delicious open-faced turkey sandwiches are a Kentucky tradition. Serve them with a wilted spinach salad, chips, fries, or a light soup.

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    Kentucky Jam Cake
    Kentucky Jam Cake. Diana Rattray

    This delicious Kentucky cake is a spice cake made with the addition of blackberry jam and a cooked caramel frosting or cream cheese frosting.

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    Garlic Cheese Grits
    Garlic Cheese Grits. Diana Rattray
    Cheese grits are a favorite in Kentucky, as they are throughout the South.
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  • 05 of 07
    Easy Bourbon Truffles
    Easy Chocolate Bourbon Truffles. Diana Rattray

    Sweetened condensed milk make these truffles quick and easy to prepare, and they can be made with a little more bourbon and less vanilla, if desired.

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    This authentic Kentucky pie recipe was shared by Chef Nick Sundberg and Cathy Nichols, Pastry Chef for  the famous Beaumont Inn.

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    This spread can be used as a dip or a sandwich & canape ingredient. It was made popular at Louisville's Benedict's restaurant earlier in this century.