Kentucky Recipes for a Derby Celebration

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

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

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    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
    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
    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
    Diana Rattray

    Cheese grits are a favorite in Kentucky, as they are throughout the South.

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    Easy Bourbon Truffles
    Diana Rattray

    Sweetened condensed milk makes 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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    Thoroughbred Pie
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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.