Make-Ahead Derby Menu

Jalapeño Cheese Straws
Photo: Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Celebrate the South's swankiest horse race with these easy and elegant recipes that can all be made-ahead and served at room temperature.

01 of 05

The SL Mint Julep and The Blush Lily

The Blush Lily
Photo: Hector Sanchez

Recipe: The SL Mint Julep

Recipe: The Blush Lily

On race day, Churchill Downs serves up 120,000 mint juleps and 40,000 of the lesser-known Oaks Lily cocktails. Sterling julep cups are classic, but these cocktails are so pretty—why not show them off in highball glasses?

02 of 05

Chilled Sweet Pea Soup with Mint and Cream

Jalapeño Cheese Straws
Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Recipe: Chilled Sweet Pea Soup with Mint and Cream

We love this bright, minty soup because it adds a pop of spring color to the buffet. Make it up to 48 hours ahead of time.

03 of 05

Jalapeño Cheese Straws

Jalapeño Cheese Straws
Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Recipe: Jalapeño Cheese Straws

We know: You’ve got a cheese straw recipe you can make with your eyes closed. But give this subtly spicy recipe (that impressed our Test Kitchen staff!) a try.

04 of 05

Pork Tenderloin Sliders

Bacon-and-Sweet Onion Jam
Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Pork Tenderloin Sliders

One carefree way to serve these cuties is to slice the tenderloins on a large cutting board, set out fresh rolls and homemade condiments, and let guests build their own sandwiches.

05 of 05

Honey Custard with Berries

Honey Custard with Berries
Photo: Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Honey Custard with Berries

This refreshing treat will be a great dessert for any party. If you don’t have white balsamic vinegar, substitute Champagne vinegar or apple cider vinegar.

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