Kentucky Recipes

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Kentucky Pecan Pie

Rating: 4.63 stars
This pie is a family favorite. I get many requests to make this for our church bake sales.

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.

Kentucky Style Fried Green Tomatoes

Rating: 4.45 stars
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!

Kentucky Butter Cake

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

Grandma's Hash Brown Casserole

Rating: 4.74 stars
This recipe is a friend's grandma's recipe and is absolutely the best hash brown casserole I've ever had. Kentucky grandmas sure know how to cook!

Kentucky Blue Ribbon All-Butter Pound Cake

Rating: 4.73 stars
This is the recipe my Grandmother would make every year during the holidays. I found the recipe tucked in her Bible when she passed, and it was written in her Grandmother's handwriting. It's been in my family for at least 7 generations, and in 2012, I won a Blue Ribbon at the Kentucky State fair by following her exact instructions. Tastes like pure love!

Old Time Kentucky Bacon Milk Gravy for Biscuits

Rating: 4.53 stars
I grew up with this gravy! Everyone has heard of sausage gravy. Well, it don't compare to this! After frying your bacon for breakfast, use the bacon dripping to make true Kentucky biscuit gravy. Fattening? Oh yeah, you better believe it! Worth it? Yes! Pour over biscuits and serve with crispy bacon and eggs in any style.

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.

Kentucky Bourbon Balls

Rating: 4.6 stars
Try this smooth, delicious, and authentic Kentucky bourbon ball candy.

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 Biscuits

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

Kentucky Beer Cheese Spread

Rating: 4 stars
If you're a fan of beer and cheese like I am, you're going to enjoy this unique and super-easy cheese spread!

Inspiration and Ideas

Runzas (Bierocks)
Rating: Unrated
My mother-in-law introduced me to this and it kinda stuck. I am from Iowa, now in Kentucky, and the only way I can get this is by making it at home.
Heide's Kentucky Derby Dessert
Rating: Unrated
This is a pie traditionally served at the annual Kentucky Derby for 50 years.

Kentucky Garlic Cheese Grits

Rating: 4.76 stars

A wonderful dish that is a favorite for Derby Day (or any day) brunch.