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Top 10 Kentucky Recipes for a Derby Celebration

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Here are some of my picks for a Derby Day celebration, including some great Kentucky favorites and traditional recipes.

1. Kentucky Mint Julep

Mint Julep in Derby Glass
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It wouldn't be much of a Derby celebration without frosty ice-cold mint juleps with Kentucky bourbon and fresh mint leaves.

2. The Hot Brown

Kentucky Hot Brown
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These delicious open-faced turkey sandwiches are a Kentucky tradition. Serve them with a wilted spinach salad, chips, fries, or a light soup.

3. Easy Chocolate Bourbon Truffles

Easy Chocolate Bourbon Truffles
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Sweetened condensed milk make these truffles quick and easy to prepare, and they can be made with a little more bourbon and less vanilla, if desired.

4. Kentucky Jam Cake

Kentucky Jam Cake
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This delicious Kentucky cake is a spice cake made with the addition of blackberry jam and a cooked caramel frosting or cream cheese frosting.

5. Chocolate - Pecan Pie with Bourbon Whipped Cream

Kentucky chocolate chip pie
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Chocolate chip and pecan pies are a Louisville area favorite, especially around Kentucky Derby time. Serve this delicious pie with a dollop of Bourbon Whipped Cream or your favorite ice cream, and enjoy the races!

6. Garlic Cheese Grits

Garlic Cheese Grits
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Cheese grits are a favorite in Kentucky, as they are throughout the South.

7. Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Henry Bain Sauce

Henry Bain was the Head Waiter at Louisville's Pendennis Club. He created this sauce which became a Derby & year round Louisville favorite with beef. This tenderloin recipe was shared by Nick Sundberg, a Kentucky Chef.

8. Benedictine Dip or Spread

This spread can be used as a dip or a sandwich & canape ingredient. It was made popular at Louisville's Benedict's restaurant earlier in this century.

9. Kentucky Creamed Ham

Serve this tasty creamed ham over split biscuits, rice, grits, or in puff pastry shells.

10. Bourbon Pecan Cake

Kentucky bourbon makes this flavorful pecan cake spirited! Dust this tube cake with confectioners' sugar or make a vanilla glaze.

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