The Kentucky Derby is coming up, and if you and your friends plan on watching the races, you’ll need some decadent treats to make the event more enjoyable. Whether you’re into sweet or savory flavors or want to include dishes that showcase your Kentucky heritage, here are a few recipes you can try.
Kentucky Pecan Pie
If you and your loved ones are fans of pecan pie, you don’t have to wait until Christmas or Thanksgiving to enjoy this sweet treat. Watch the races while indulging in this pie that is accented with bourbon, which is the perfect pairing for pecans and sweet custard.
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Farro is a delicate grain that adds protein and flavor to this delicious picnic-style salad. Shallots, cherry tomatoes, and feta cheese add color and flavor to this dish for a satisfying meat-free meal.
Apple Cranberry Crisp
Apple crisp with the brightness of cranberries is a sweet and slightly spicy dish that will add to the excitement of watching the derby. The pecan brown sugar topping makes this treat especially decadent. If you’re serving a large crowd, present the crisp in individual cast iron skillets so everyone can enjoy their own personal dessert.
Bacon Bourbon Caramel Popcorn
Snack on this sweet, salty, and smoky treat while you take in the action of the Kentucky Derby. The bacon and caramel are a perfect match, and bourbon flavors give this snack the Kentucky touch.
Grits prepared casserole-style are a tasty addition to your Kentucky Derby brunch. Add a hint of garlic for more flavor, and top the grits with fresh herbs before enjoying them with fluffy scrambled eggs or grilled fish.
Avocado and Cucumber Sandwich
These elegant and delicious sandwiches are a perfect treat to enjoy with tea or a cocktail while you watch the races. The flavors of cucumber and avocado are accented with herbed cream cheese to make the sandwich complete.
Kentucky Banana Pudding
This light and flavorful dessert is bursting with banana flavor, which makes it perfect for your Kentucky Derby party. Vanilla wafers are the perfect match for creamy banana custard, and you can top the pudding with fresh bananas to bring out the sweet flavors of the pudding.
These cocktails were made popular by the Kentucky Derby, so it’s only fitting to enjoy this refreshing drink while you’re watching the races. Fresh mint and authentic Kentucky bourbon make this chilled cocktail a delicious addition to your Derby menu.
Kentucky Hot Brown
This delicious sandwich is a Kentucky staple and goes great with watching the races. Hearty toast topped with roast turkey and bacon makes these open-faced sandwiches a satisfying meal while you enjoy the beautiful weather and horse races with friends.
Kentucky Derby Pie
This decadent pie tastes like a giant chocolate chip with pecans. If you want to enjoy this pie while you take in the excitement of the Kentucky Derby, top the pie with vanilla ice cream and fresh mint leaves for a classic treat that will impress your friends and family.
Kentucky Benedictine Dip
Kentucky Benedictine dip is flavored with cucumber and dill for a light and refreshing taste that goes well with fresh vegetables. You can also enjoy it with toast squares or potato chips for an unforgettable Kentucky Derby snack.
Chop up cocktail weiners and cook them in an Instant Pot with a rich bourbon gravy to make this tasty Kentucky Derby appetizer. You can serve the sausage with crackers or fresh veggies for a satisfying derby snack.