3 Fun and Delicious Derby-Themed Recipes

For many Louisville locals, their Kentucky Derby celebration isn’t at Churchill Downs — it’s in a living room, circled around the TV, surrounded by friends, family, and delicious food. Although your gatherings might be a little smaller this year, here’s three of my favorite Derby-inspired dishes to bring some Kentucky flavor to your table during this year’s at-home celebrations.

1. Kentucky Hot Brown Dip

The Kentucky Hot Brown is an open-faced hot sandwich with bacon, turkey, tomato, and cheese originally served at the Brown Hotel in downtown Louisville, and it’s a local classic! This recipe from Cupcakes and Kale Chips turns the Hot Brown into a cheesy, gooey, delicious appetizer dip that goes great with toasted bread, crackers, or even tortilla chips. It’s perfect to serve while you’re making your bets and waiting for post time!

2. Cowboy Caviar

Okay, so jockeys aren’t exactly cowboys, but this spin on bean-and-corn salsa with black beans, black-eyed peas, bell peppers, jalapeño, and tomatoes is a must-have in our household for any major event, including the Run for the Roses. It’s light, fresh, colorful, and absolutely delicious — and no cooking is required! We make this recipe from Spending With Pennies at our house throughout the spring and summer. Use fire-roasted corn (available frozen at Trader Joe's) for extra flavor!

3. Churchill Downs Kentuckyaki Wings 

It doesn't get any more Kentucky than Bourbon Barrel Foods' best-selling "Kentuckyaki" sauce. From Executive Chef David Danielson at Churchill Downs, this recipe uses the bourbon-infused teriyaki sauce, plus a few other ingredients, to make a fabulous glaze for deep-fried chicken wings. Don’t miss this one if you’re looking for something special to finish out your Derby spread! Several more of Danielson’s official Derby At-Home recipes are available at www.kentuckyderby.com.

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