This Derby Day celebrate in true southern style with these 17 easy-to-prepare and impossible to resist party apps.
1. Pimiento Cheese Deviled Eggs
This classic picnic favorite gets a festive upgrade thanks to pimiento or “the caviar of the south.” Easy to whip up and perfect for more grown-up gatherings, these deviled eggs are sure to go down in Derby history.
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3. Bourbon Pulled Pork Sliders
This barbecue staple never goes out of style, so why not serve up a tray of these pulled pork sliders to your guests this Derby Day? Not only do they take no time to prepare, but make a great addition to your finger food assortment.
4. Slow Cooker Bacon Beer Dip
If you don’t mind leaving this delicious slow-cooker dip to do its thing for a few hours before serving, you’ll definitely win Derby Day. Tip: You can use your favorite lager or ale for this recipe but try to avoid darker varieties, such as stouts.
5. Quick Jalapeno Hush Puppies
It’s hard to resist these nostalgic treats just as they are, but that doesn’t mean you can’t spice up a childhood favorite with jalapenos and hot sauce.
6. Watermelon Cups
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As pretty as they are refreshing, these eye-catching watermelon cups lend a lighter summer option to your party spread.
7. Mint Julep Cake
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Fans of the official cocktail of the Kentucky Derby won’t want to pass on this julep-inspired cake. Boasting a mouthwatering bourbon butter sauce and minty glaze, this is one dessert worth toasting to.
8. Fried Chicken And Pulled Pork Cornbread Poppers
What do you get when you combine three southern classics in one bite-size morsel? Only the best new appetizer to wow your friends with at your next Derby party! A blend of sweet and savory encased in a warm cornbread muffin, these are both a breeze to make and serve.
9. Southern Cheese Grits
No southern-inspired brunch menu is complete without good old fashioned grits, and these single-serve helpings don’t disappoint.
10. Bourbon Peach Pie Pops
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Cake pops get a peachy twist with these bourbon peach pie pops, which are sure to add a dash of fun to your party and keep those sweet-lovers satiated.
11. Benedictine Dip
Launched in the early 20th century as a condiment for tea sandwiches and named in honor of its creator, Benedictine dip has since departed from its teatime origins to become a popular party offering. Enjoy with veggies, crackers, chips or, if you’re in the mood for a fancy throwback, cucumber sandwiches.
12. Kentucky Hot Brown Sliders
Inspired by the traditional open-face sandwich featuring turkey, bacon, pimientos or tomatoes smothered in a Mornay sauce, these snack-friendly versions make for the ultimate–and easiest–comfort food app.
13. Mini Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Cakes
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Chocolate and pecan pie lovers alike will delight in these rich, gooey cakes topped with butterscotch sauce and served in mini mason jars.
14. Nashville Hot Chicken Sliders
A Nashville classic, the famed hot chicken sandwich can easily be served up in slider form, with all of the crispy, pickle-topped goodness you crave.
15. Bourbon Candied Bacon Deviled Eggs
Yep, another can’t-miss deviled egg recipe! This time bourbon candied bacon tops these spicy-sweet deviled eggs.
16. Country Ham And Biscuits
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This Derby Day welcome friends and fam to the party with these throwbacks to a breakfast favorite. Serve with an assortment of sauces and mustards for optimal hosting points.
17. That Horse Race Pie
We couldn’t resist adding this to our list of Kentucky Derby apps; after all, it’s a Derby Day tradition. A blend of chocolate, bourbon, and pecans, this Horse Race Pie just might become a year-round regular.
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