Our 16 Best Kentucky Derby Recipes for A Winning Party
Celebrate Derby Day the right way with top-rated recipes. Whether you're throwing a party to celebrate the big race or you're simply taking in the action from your couch, these food ideas are the inspiration you need to get excited for the Kentucky Derby. From classic mint juleps and Hot Browns to everything in between, these are our best Kentucky Derby recipes. You don't have to be at Churchill Downs to have a good time, these Bluegrass-inspired recipes are more than enough reason to celebrate. So grab your best hat and discover our best Kentucky Derby recipes that will make any party a winner.
Kentucky Butter Cake
Reviewer Java_Girl says, "The name of this recipe tells no lies. It is so buttery and moist and rich. I can't believe it's so decadent!" Pay homage to the Bluegrass state with this dense and sweet butter cake.
No Southern gathering is complete without buttermilk biscuits. Reviewer NICOLES3 says, "They come out tender, flaky, moist, and delicious. Plus, it is SO easy to mix them up and bake them off just before your meal is done--it takes almost no time or effort whatsoever."
Kentucky Pecan Pie
"This had a beautiful presentation! I think it was the prettiest pecan pie I have ever made. And it tasted great," says reviewer Tanaquil. Try a splash of bourbon for a decadent Derby dessert.
Kentucky Banana Pudding
This chilled dessert is the light and refreshing treat your Derby party needs. Reviewer OUIJA123 says, "Finally, a banana pudding like I remember. I've been trying to make a custard for banana pudding for the last 10 years, without success, and I've finally found it."
Kentucky Hot Brown
A Hot Brown sandwich is an essential in Louisville cuisine. It consists of two slices of toast topped with juicy roast turkey, tomato slices, crispy bacon, and a blanket of Cheddar-Parmesan cheese sauce. The sandwich is then broiled until the cheese sauce turns golden brown. Reviewer FSRRMH says, "As a Kentuckian, I've eaten many a Hot Brown. This is my first attempt to make one at home, and we really enjoyed it. Quick and easy."
Dill Potato Salad
This chilled potato salad can be made ahead of time, taking some Derby Day stress off your plate. Reviewer ANJELLA5 says, "I really liked this recipe. A lite, refreshing summer treat."
Dill Cucumber Dip
Kentucky Benedictine spread or dip is a Louisville legend, incorporating cream cheese, dill, and cucumber. This take on it has hot pepper sauce for an added kick. Reviewer SRIVEROC says, "This is quickly becoming one of my favorite dips. It’s easy to make and had a light, refreshing flavor."
Reviewer Jillian says, "Ah yes, it's almost time for the Kentucky Derby again and while I don't have silver goblets I do make sure to chill my glasses, get fresh mint, pick up some good Kentucky bourbon and place my bets every year without fail."
Dad's Kentucky Home Fries
"Yummy fried potatoes with the flavor of Kentucky," says recipe creator MS. DEE. Bacon drippings and Vidalia onions give these potatoes their flavor.
This Southern classic will fit right in on Derby Day. "The grits were very creamy with just a hint of garlic...just right to me," says reviewer ChefHenry.
Alcohol-Free Mint Julep
Recipe creator SHOWP0NIE says, "An alcohol FREE mint julep for you non-drinkers out there...now you don't have to drink water and can enjoy the classic mint julep with a slight twist while watching the Kentucky Derby!"
Heide's Kentucky Derby Dessert
This traditional Derby pie is made with chocolate, pecans, and of course, bourbon. Reviewer Frank says, "My husband and I lived in Louisville for 10 years. So now when there is a holiday or special occasion my husband expects his Derby pie. This recipe is the best I have found!"
Steph's Bourbon Balls
Bourbon balls are perfect for feeding a crowd. Some reviewers recommending increasing the amount of bourbon so your end result isn't too crumbly.
Reviewer cowardlylion says, "A huge hit! Whenever I bring them anywhere I make a ton and they always are the first thing to go. Instead of cutting up hot dogs we just use cocktail weinies to save time, and because they taste amazing!"
Horseradish makes for fun Derby word play and delicious deviled eggs. "A quick and easy appetizer that will disappear quickly," says recipe creator Vicki. "I have increased this recipe to twenty eggs before and use a food processor to mash yolks and combine horseradish cream in minutes. Great for potlucks."
Kentucky Derby Pie
Recipe creator Noel_W describes this pie as, "A yummy chocolate chip cookie pie with nuts. Usually served warm with ice cream or whipped cream."