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Kentucky derby food

Discover Pinterest’s 10 best ideas and inspiration for Kentucky derby food. Get inspired and try out new things.
Kentucky Derby Recipes with Southern Charm

If you love southern cooking, horses, and the Derby, you'll adore these authentic Kentucky Derby recipes to celebrate with on the first Saturday in May.

The Best Kentucky Derby Food to Make at Home

Presenting the best Kentucky Derby food to make at home for this year’s horse race, from pimento cheese to deviled eggs. These Southern-inspired recipes will have you ready to fetch your fascinator and a mint julep: It’s time to eat.

Kentucky Derby Party Recipes

Fill your plate (and your glass) with these southern classics before your favorite horse runs for the roses. Win or lose, here's a Kentucky Derby food spread you can bet on!

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Kentucky Derby Party Food Menu

Entrees, appetizers, drinks, and desserts! If you are hosting a Kentucky Derby Party this year, you will definitely want to check out these delicious recipes!

The Best Kentucky Derby Appetizers to Serve with a Mint Julep

Whether you're in it for the hats, the race or the food, the Kentucky Derby is an exciting event! Served with a mint julep, these appetizers are perfect for the classy yet laid-back festivities.


2 · 35 minutes · Kentucky Hot Brown Sliders take a traditionally open-faced sandwich and turn it into an appetizer with turkey, tomatoes, homemade cheese sauce, and bacon.


  • 8 slices Bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 lb Turkey breast
  • 1/2 tsp Parsley, fresh
  • 2 Tomatoes, medium
Baking & Spices
  • 1 tbsp All-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp Black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic salt
  • 3/4 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg, ground
Bread & Baked Goods
  • 1 package King's hawaiian rolls
  • 5 tbsp Butter, unsalted
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 cup White cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup Whole milk
Kentucky Hot Brown Sliders

2 · 40 minutes · A drool-worthy, classic sammie, these Kentucky Hot Brown Sliders are perfect for your Kentucky Derby party this year. They feed a crowd and disappear quickly!


  • 8 slices Bacon
  • 1 lb Turkey breast
  • 12 Tomatoes, slices
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
Baking & Spices
  • 3 tbsp All-purpose flour
  • 1 Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1 dash Nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Poppy seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
Bread & Baked Goods
  • 1 12-count package Hawaiian sweet rolls
  • 11 tbsp Butter
  • 12 slices Cheddar cheese, white sharp
  • 1/2 cup Cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups Milk

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Make the Oaks Lily Cocktail with the Official Vodka of the Kentucky Derby.
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Make the Oaks Lily cocktail with the Official Vodka of the Kentucky Derby.
The Mint Julep. The classic bourbon, simple syrup, and mint cocktail of the Kentucky Derby.