And They're Off - Kentucky Derby Recipes

The first Saturday in May is one of horse racings 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!  Photo by Mathew Schwartz on Unsplash

And They're Off - Kentucky Derby Recipes

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And They're Off - Kentucky Derby Recipes

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.

Cover photo by Mathew Schwartz on Unsplash.

Recreate your own watch party with southern flair with these favorite Southern-inspired recipes.

Fried Green Tomato BLT Salad

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.

Fried Green Tomato BLT Salad. Photo: Lance Mellenbruch.

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.

Pecan Orange and Bourbon Glazed Ham

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.

Pecan, Orange and Bourbon Ham by American Pecan Council

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.

Honey Glazed Sweet Potato Chips

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.

Honey Glazed Sweet Potato Chips by National Honey Board

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.

Maple Cupcakes with Bourbon Frosting

The title of this recipe says it all, Maple Cupcakes with a Bourbon Frosting, could it get any better?

Maple Cupcakes with Bourbon Frosting. Photo: The Bakers Muse.

The title of this recipe says it all, Maple Cupcakes with a Bourbon Frosting, could it get any better? Recipe here.

Kentucky Orange Beverage

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?

Kentucky Orange Drink. Photo: Lance Mellenbruch.

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.

Mint Juleps by the Pitcher

Photo of mint julieps made by the pitcher

Kentucky Mint Julep. Photo: The Food Channel.

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.

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