Kentucky Derby Recipes with Southern Charm

If you love southern cooking, horses, and the Derby, you’ll adore these authentic Kentucky Derby recipes to celebrate with on the first Saturday in May.

As it’s right around the corner, let’s get to planning for these charming southern recipes. Dust off those mint julep cups, find that fancy hat and make some party recipes everyone will love.

These are our picks.


Kentucky Derby Recipes


Spinach Salad with Sweet potato, blue cheese, pecan, herb buttermilk dressing

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Chosen as an appetizer for the Official Kentucky Derby Menu. “This year, Executive Chef David Danielson inventively combined traditional Southern flavors and local ingredients to make an authentically American culinary experience for our Derby guests in the premium dining areas.”
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Watercress Canapes

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“Create color with cucumbers, yellow squash, candy-cane beets, salmon caviar, zucchini, herbs, radishes, sprouts, and other fresh finds.”
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Spring Tea Sandwiches

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Begin with these “colorful open-faced (crust off!) tea sandwiches. These are super easy to make if you make the spread ahead of time and assemble these just before your guests arrive. Instead of a cream cheese spread I made an herbal creamy dill spread by blending sunflower seeds to create a creamy base. Slather it on some sourdough sandwich bread and then top with rows of paper thin slices of cucumbers, radishes, and candy-striped beets. Use a sharp knife to cut the crusts off and you have the cutest little springtime snacks.”
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Easy Make Ahead Tea Sandwiches


Spring on a Plate Salads

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“Look for tender, fresh baby greens and microgreens at your local farmers’ market; they should be abundant this time of year. Soaking vegetables in ice water crisps them up.”
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Oregon Blue Cheese and Caramelized Onion Tart

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Slow Cooker Short Ribs with Henry Bains Sauce

A Stay at Home Kentucky Derby party idea, this slow cooker short rib is served over cheesy grits.
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Shrimp and Smoked Grits with Tasso Gravy

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“Served at the Kentucky Derby by Churchill Downs Executive Chef David Danielson.”
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Meatball, Cucumber & Mint Skewers

Lamb, mint, and English Cucumbers make up this delicious and easy Kentucky Derby recipe.
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Fluffy Cream Cheese Biscuits

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“Fluffy Cream Cheese Biscuits with Figgy Port Chutney, Blue Cheese Butter, and Ginger Ale-Brown Sugar Smoked Ham make up this delectable Derby sandwich.”
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Chilled Sweet Pea Soup with Mint and Cream

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“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.”
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A Non-Alcoholic Mint Julep Everyone Can Enjoy at the Kentucky Derby


Pork Tenderloin Sliders

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“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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Derby Truffles

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“These make-ahead gems are easy enough for casual get-togethers and fancy enough for special occasions.”
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