Kentucky Derby Recipes

You don't need to be at Churchill Downs to have a rip-roaring Kentucky Derby party. Try our juleps and "Run for the Roses" pie recipes!

Staff Picks

Mint Juleps

Rating: 4.5 stars 78
Sit on the front porch in your rocking chair on a sultry afternoon and sip on one or two of these. The proper way to serve a mint julep is in a frozen silver goblet, but you can use glasses instead - just use the most elegant ones you have! You can make the syrup ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator for whenever the julep mood strikes you.

Run For The Roses Pie III

Rating: 4.5 stars 67
A pie filling made with nuts and chocolate, and flavored with bourbon. Serve warm with ice cream.
By Judi

Kentucky Hot Brown

Rating: 4 stars 100
If you're a southern belle or gentleman at heart you have to try this one! Hot turkey over hot toast and smothered in a buttery sauce. There are two things Kentucky does right--horse racing and the hot brown. This is also great for Thanksgiving leftovers!

Kentucky Banana Pudding

Rating: 4.5 stars 166
This is my grandmother's recipe! A version with a cookie crust.
By Allrecipes Member

Kentucky Butter Cake

Rating: 4.5 stars 1251
This rich Bundt cake is moistened with a luscious vanilla butter sauce while it's still warm.
By Allrecipes Member

Original Hot Brown

Rating: 4.5 stars 57
This recipe originally came from the Brown Hotel in Louisville, KY. I have altered it based on how I have had it served in restaurants in Louisville. This is a good way to use leftover turkey from Thanksgiving and my husband looks forward to it every year.

Alcohol-Free Mint Julep

Rating: 4.5 stars 31
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!

Traditional Kentucky Burgoo

Rating: 4.5 stars 7
This is my version of a traditional Kentucky stew recipe my brother brought back after going to school in Louisville. A favorite on Derby Day or any day!

Kentucky Biscuits

Rating: 4.5 stars 1083
This is a great recipe, different than the usual biscuit. Serve piping hot with butter, jam, or honey.

Kentucky Derby Pie

Rating: 4 stars 4
A yummy chocolate chip cookie pie with nuts. Usually served warm with ice cream or whipped cream.

Kentucky Style Fried Green Tomatoes

Rating: 4.5 stars 64
If you're not frying your green tomatoes in bacon grease then you have lost half of the great flavor! No self-respecting Southerner fries their green tomatoes in anything but bacon grease!

Penny's Whiskey Cake

Rating: 4.5 stars 50
Although most of the alcohol cooks out of this cake, there's still a distinct whiskey flavor.

Inspiration and Ideas

Official Henry Bain's Sauce
Rating: Unrated 5
Henry Bain was a maitre d' at Louisville's all-male Pendennis Club in the early 20th century. This recipe was obtained through the current president of the club, a personal friend. The recipe yields 4 pints and may be quartered. Pour into pint jars for easy storage. This is a steak sauce. Some people add a small amount of bourbon whiskey.
Benedictine Dip
Rating: 5 stars 1

Benedictine dip is a Kentucky Derby party staple--and this one requires simple ingredients and is easy to make ahead, chill, and serve when your guests arrive!