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.

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The SL Mint Julep

The Blush Lily
Photo: Hector Sanchez

Recipe: The SL Mint Julep

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?

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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.

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