A Kentucky Derby Party isn’t complete without a full menu of all the best recipes. From appetizers, drinks and desserts, these Kentucky Derby Party Food Recipes will make your gathering a success!
If you are hosting a Kentucky Derby Party this year, you will definitely want to check out these delicious recipes. Decorations, invitations, and the perfect hat are all important aspects of a great Derby party, but everyone remembers the food!
This one gets a little complicated because the official food of the Derby isn’t exactly food... It’s the Mint Julep!
A Mint Julep is made with Bourbon, simple syrup, and fresh mint. Bourbon, of course, is the official “food” of Kentucky... Okay, okay. It’s really the Kentucky Hot Brown - an open-faced sammie with turkey and bacon, covered in Mornay sauce.
Joking aside, you may want to grab some grub before you down one of these bad boys. They are strong, so pace yourself. Derby Day is a marathon, not a sprint!
What do you serve at a Kentucky Derby party?
Short Answer: Mint Juleps, Hot Browns, Benedictine Tea Sandwiches, etc.
You can expect to encounter all of these dishes but it’s all in the style that’s presented that adds a twist.
During the Kentucky Derby Season, the parties and events around the city begin after Thunder Over Louisvilleand do not end until the Run for the Roses! Meaning, there are many parties and events hosted at friends’ homes and special events around the city which all have their different set up.
Some hosts choose to do a traditional fare buffet style, tapas-style, or a full sit-down dinner. For us, we’ve found appetizers and small finger foods work great for us and our crowd. We are a casual bunch so we enjoy the flexibility of eating when hungry and socializing a lot.
Kentucky Derby Party Food
There are so many must-haves for your next Kentucky Derby party, so I rounded up a few recipes that have to make your menu this year.
Learn how to make a juicy, tender beef brisket in the oven! Low and slow, this whole brisket is cooked overnight and yields a perfectly shreddable cut of meat for sandwiches or BBQ. No smoker necessary!
French Bread Pizza is a great way to have homemade pizza in a snap. This recipe is completely customizable and fun to make with the kids! Serve this for a quick dinner or slice up as a snack or appetizer.
Quintessentially Kentucky, Benedictine Tea Sandwiches are light, refreshing and made with a mix of cucumber and cream cheese. Many times, these are cut into delicate triangles and topped with a cucumber.
My Modern Cookery adds bacon to this recipe, which is different from most recipes I’ve heard of, but you can’t say no to bacon!
The official drink of the Kentucky Derby! Made with bourbon, muddled mint, and simple syrup, this is the perfect cocktail to sip as you watch the fastest two minutes in sports! Whether you are attending the Derby or throwing your own celebration at home, make this iconic Kentucky drink your beverage of choice!
Learn how to make the best deviled eggs! This recipe is a classic appetizer made with pickled dill relish, tangy Duke’s mayonnaise, and a zing of yellow mustard and a fan favorite at your next cookout, potluck, holidays, or even for your weekly meal prep. See my secrets for easy-to-peel eggs (that actually works!) and my secret for piping the filling below.
This Caprese appetizer recipe is an elegant dish made with mozzarella cheese pearls, cherry tomatoes, fresh basil and topped with a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic glaze. Toss this together for a quick appetizer or salad in just five minutes!