Are you Watching the Kentucky Derby in Style?

Today is Derby Day! I probably won’t be wearing an outlandish hat but you best believe that I’ll be snacking on some baked chicken and enjoying a mint julep. Read on to hear more of my favorite recipes from The Bluegrass State.

The Kentucky Derby Mint Julep: For nearly a century, the mint julep has been the traditional beverage of Churchill Downs and the Derby. The Early Times Mint Julep Cocktail is a ready-to-serve beverage that has been the “The Official Mint Julep of the Kentucky Derby®” for over 16 years. Over 80,000 Early Times Mint Juleps are served over the two-day period of the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby, requiring 8,000 liters of Early Times Mint Julep Ready-to-Serve Cocktail, 2,200 pounds of freshly harvested mint, and 80 tons of shaved ice. Wow!

Kentucky Fried Coleslaw: Delicious. Just try it and see for yourself!

Kentucky Derby Ham Biscuits: Serve these Derby favorites when the races start.

Baked Kentucky Fried Chicken: The homemade blend of spices cannot be beat – even by the Colonel himself.

Kentucky Beer Cheese: Beer cheese is unheard of in most places. In Kentucky, it is almost a staple item. This is the best I’ve ever eaten.

Kentucky Burgoo: Find out why Kentucky is so proud of this good ol’ home cookin’.

Kentucky Derby Chicken-Noodle Casserole: The perfect dish to serve as you watch the races.

Mom’s Kentucky Vegetable Beef Soup: My mother-in-law from Louisville, Kentucky passed this recipe on to me and I have been making it for years. I start early in the morning and it is ready for dinner. It’s even better the next day when reheated!

Kentucky Apple Fried Pies: The ultimate flaky indulgence sprinkled with sugar!

Kentucky Pecan Pie: This pecan pie has an added twist—bourbon and chocolate!

Kentucky High Pie: This recipe is great for the holidays! It is from a favorite restaurant we went to in the 1970′s.

Brown Derby: The Brown Derby uses ginger and tamarind purees along with classic julep. This cocktail is tart and spicy all at the same time.

Wild Mountain Thyme Julep: This cocktail uses thyme instead of the usual mint and whiskey instead of bourbon. Mix it up with this different version of the typical classic julep!

Mint Julep: Another version of the classic.

Balloon Wine: This balloon wine recipe came from the hills of Kentucky from an old friend. When the balloon pops, the wine is ready!

Are there any Southern recipe favorites that you’d like us to dig out for you? Enjoy the Derby and we hope your horse wins!

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