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: 4.32 stars
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: 4.54 stars
A pie filling made with nuts and chocolate, and flavored with bourbon. Serve warm with ice cream.

Kentucky Hot Brown

Rating: 4.14 stars
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: 4.49 stars
This is my grandmother's recipe! A version with a cookie crust.

Original Hot Brown

Rating: 4.57 stars
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.

Heide's Kentucky Derby Dessert

Rating: 4.18 stars
This is a pie traditionally served at the annual Kentucky Derby for 50 years.

Alcohol-Free Mint Julep

Rating: 4.39 stars
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!

Kentucky Biscuits

Rating: 4.64 stars
This is a great recipe, different than the usual biscuit. Serve piping hot with butter, jam, or honey.

Traditional Kentucky Burgoo

Rating: 4.2 stars
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 Butter Cake

Rating: 4.63 stars
Moist and buttery cake made from readily available ingredients with a luscious butter sauce.

Kentucky Derby Pie

Rating: 5 stars
A yummy chocolate chip cookie pie with nuts. Usually served warm with ice cream or whipped cream.

The Hot Brown

Rating: 4.8 stars
Not your average hot turkey sandwich, the Hot Brown was invented at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky to absorb the bourbon that guests would enjoy well into the night.

Inspiration and Ideas

Chef John's Hot Brown

This baked and bubbly turkey sandwich is a knife-and-fork kind of meal.

Alcohol-Free Mint Julep

"Fun and yummy; [great] to serve kids during the Kentucky Derby!" – Sunny_1

Kentucky Bourbon Cake

Rating: 4.59 stars

Fruit cake soaked in whiskey. Should be made a month in advance, if you can wait that long (I can't!). You'll need some cheesecloth for giving this cake its trademark bourbon wrap.