Kentucky Derby Party Recipes
Kentucky Derby is celebrated the first Saturday in May with visitors from around the world gathering at the racetrack, and all over Louisville. Gather friends and family to watch the race at home in great Southern tradition. You can mix-and-match these Kentucky Derby Recipes to host a Bluegrass-themed party.
Fluffy Cream Cheese Biscuits with Figgy Port Chutney, Blue Cheese Butter, and Ginger Ale-Brown Sugar Smoked Ham make up this delectable Derby sandwich.
Three leavening ingredients—yeast, baking powder, and baking soda—ensure light biscuits every time.
- Recipe: Fluffy Cream Cheese Biscuits
In need of a little comfort? Tuck into the classic knife-and-fork sandwich smothered in Mornay sauce for a decadent Southern dish.
- Recipe: Kentucky Hot Browns
This recipe takes pecan pie and adds the intense flavors of bourbon and chocolate. Use a refrigerated pie crust, and hands-on preparation only takes 10 minutes.
- Recipe: Chocolate-Bourbon Pecan Pie
The classic version is served in silver julep cups. These are filled to the rim with a refreshing concoction of the finest bourbon, simple syrup, fresh mint, and crushed ice. See our tips and techniques for stirring up a mint julep.
Recipe: Classic Mint Julep
Step-by-Step Video: Make a Classic Mint Julep
No derby celebration is complete without the proper hat; this one is edible. Use rounds of garlic-and-herb spreadable cheese and Brie as a base, and create your own design with ribbon and herbs. Serve with assorted crackers and precut veggies.
- Recipe: Derby Cheese Hat
For a Kentuckian, bourbon balls are a must-have party food. Make with the freshest ingredients, and in our opinion, the better the bourbon, the tastier the filling.
- Recipe: Bourbon Balls
Get your party started with mini open-faced turkey sandwiches. Pile turkey, bacon, and cheese high on pumpernickel for a guaranteed party hit.
- Recipe: Baby Hot Browns
Go Bluegrass on the grill with this recipe for Bourbon-Marinated Pork Tenderloin. The bourbon mixed with soy sauce and spices adds flavor and tenderizes the meat.
Nobody can resist a dessert as luscious as this―even if it is lightened. Just sprinkle this guilt-free dessert with powdered sugar and cocoa for an easy, elegant look.
- Recipe: Dark Chocolate-Bourbon Torte
Grab a knife and fork, and dig in. There's no guilt behind these hot browns—they're lightened and full of flavor. Typically, this open-faced Kentucky classic is made with a heavy cheese sauce, but we found a way to deliver the same richness without all the saturated fat.
- Recipe: Lightened Hot Browns
To make these less strong, increase cold water to 2¼ cups and reduce bourbon to ¾ cup.
- Recipe: Mint Julep Gelées
This make-ahead recipe requires minimal effort with delicious results.
- Recipe: Next-Day Pickled Shrimp
Keep tops whole, if desired; cut 3 slits in each for steam to escape.
- Recipe: Berry Pies