Wednesday, May 4, 2022

You can feel the excitement in the air around here! Louisville, Kentucky is the home of the famous Kentucky Derby horse race. Are you a fan of horse racing? I have been to the Derby numerous times, but I was usually in the in field where you didn’t see much horse flesh if you know what I mean. It is a giant party!

Since I have gotten older, I think I would much prefer to be at a party. Everyone is so happy because it is the first weekend of May and that means summer can’t be far behind.

Most parties would include some of the following:

benedictine sandwiches (cucumber, cream cheese, and green food coloring are the main ingredients!)

pimento cheese sandwiches

ham and biscuits

Derby pie – you aren’t really allowed to call it that unless the bakery that owns the recipe makes yours. It is a pecan and chocolate chip pie. I don’t like it because I don’t like nuts.

You might also see all manner of cream cheese dips. We love our cream cheese around here!

Some parties also have bbq and buns. That is also big in this area.

Have you heard of the famous Hot Brown from The Brown Hotel here in Louisville? It is decadent. A few years ago, I started making a Hot Brown Dip that I think is to die for! I like to serve it with Jimmy John’s bread thinly sliced and toasted in the oven for a bit. I may regret telling you this, but did you know that you can get day old bread there for very cheap? It’s great to use for appetizers, too!

Hot Brown Dip:

Mix together cream cheese (softened), diced turkey, bacon, a pinch of nutmeg, a bit of garlic powder, and a bit of pepper. Put it in a oven safe dish and heat for about 15 minutes, then top with cooked bacon and diced tomato and grate a bit of parmesan on top. Put back in oven for a bit and broil for a couple of minutes. This re-creates all of the flavors of the Hot Brown! Spread on bread to serve. Yum!

I also like to make a batch of store bought mix brownies and make my own icing and add a bit of bourbon to it. I got this idea from this blog! We love all things bourbon here, too!

Happy Derby,


7 thoughts on “Kentucky Derby Recipes

  1. I love that pie and make it often – I recently found a low carb, low sugar version I cannot wait to try! I’ve never been to a Derby party but I love seeing all the fun on social media!


  2. Such a festive and fun post. I love it! I know about derby pie but oven never had it. Same about nuts. Fridays weather looks miserable 😩 we are under cover but dang…I hope it’s not pouring rain all day


    1. Thanks! I was hoping to do more with it, but ran out of time. And, I couldn’t find any pictures from parties. That’s awesome that I found another nut hater! I am so sorry! Do you have rain boots that are cute?


      1. Just black ones. Good news is Travis told me we do have a parking pass so that helps 😂 our weather guy just showed the radar and it doesn’t seem like heavy rain all day but who knows


  3. Sounds like a delicious time! I make chocolate chip pecan pie at Thanksgiving every year. I just took our favorite pecan pie and sprinkled in 1 cup of chocolate for something different one year and it’s been a family favorite ever since. But I LOVE pecans.


    1. Yes! Lots of good food! I think I would really like the pie without the pecans! Ha! I have never been able to eat nuts. I just don’t like them!


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