The first Saturday in May is one of horse racing’s greatest traditions, the Kentucky Derby. It’s a visual and culinary feast with a strong southern tradition rooted in Louisville, Kentucky charm. Hats, ascots, roses, mint juleps – they’re all part of this exciting event. Oh, and let’s not forget the horses!
The race, which features 3-year old thoroughbreds, may only be one-and-a-quarter miles long, on a dirt racetrack at Churchill Downs, but it’s one of the most exciting to watch, not to mention the spectators’ outfits. Crowds are estimated at 155,000 watching the jockeys vie for a $2 million cash prize.
Recreate your own watch party with southern flair with these favorite Southern-inspired recipes.
The very best of summer- this Southern BLT salad features golden, crispy fried green tomatoes layered over fresh spring greens, with crumbled bacon and ripe tangy-sweet summer tomatoes. Recipe here.
Coated with crunchy and naturally sweet fresh pecans, orange juice, bourbon and maple syrup, this recipe for Pecan, Orange and Bourbon Glazed ham hits the spot for savory and sweet lovers alike. Recipe here.
Ever think about making your own potato chips? It’s easier than you think. These Honey-Glazed Sweet Potato Chips are made with – no surprise – sweet potatoes, enhanced with the flavors of honey and ground cinnamon. Recipe here.
The title of this recipe says it all, Maple Cupcakes with a Bourbon Frosting, could it get any better? Recipe here.
Pour a Kentucky Orange and wait for the taste of Spring! It’s got ginger ale, carrot juice, and bourbon–what else do you need? Recipe here.
Our favorite Mint Julep, appropriately made with Kentucky bourbon. The mint-infused simple syrup really kicks this recipe up a notch, giving it deliciously explosive flavor. Recipe here.
See you in the Winner’s Circle!