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Kentucky Recipes for a Derby Celebration


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 Glasses
Photo: Diana Rattray
It wouldn't be much of a Derby celebration without frosty ice-cold mint juleps with Kentucky bourbon and fresh mint leaves.

2. Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Henry Bain Sauce

Beef Tenderloin With Henry Bain Sauce
Beef Tenderloin With Henry Bain Sauce Photo: Diana Rattray
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.

3. Kentucky Derby Pie

Kentucky Derby Chocolate Walnut Pie
Photo: Diana Rattray

 This amazing chocolate chip pie is a tradition for Derby Day. Serve it with whipped cream or a big scoop of ice cream.

4. The Hot Brown

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

5. Kentucky Jam Cake

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

6. Garlic Cheese Grits

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

7. Bourbon Pecan Cake

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

8. Easy Chocolate Bourbon Truffles

Easy Bourbon Truffles
Photo: Diana Rattray
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.

9. Thoroughbred Pie

Kentucky chocolate chip pie
D. Rattray
This authentic Kentucky pie recipe was shared by Chef Nick Sundberg and Cathy Nichols, Pastry Chef for  the famous Beaumont Inn.

10. Benedictine Dip or Spread

Benedictine 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.

11. Kentucky Creamed Ham

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

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