The Best Kentucky Derby Food to Make at Home, from Pimento Cheese to Deviled Eggs
The Kentucky Derby is referred to as “the greatest two minutes in sports” for a reason. The horse racing is exciting and all…but we’re willing to bet that the real reason people anticipate this two-minute event all spring long is the food. This year, we’re bringing out all the Southern and Southern-inspired stops for the tastiest viewing party imaginable on May 1. Here’s the best Kentucky Derby food to whip up at home, from pimento cheese to Kentucky hot brown sandwiches.
2. Mini Chicken and Waffles
Set down a couple dozen of these toothpicked cuties and they’ll vanish in 30 seconds flat—that’s the easy part. The hard part is choosing between hot sauce and syrup for dipping.
4. Rodney Scott’s Pimento Cheese
It doesn’t get more authentically Southern than this spicy app, made from freshly shredded sharp cheddar cheese and diced pimiento peppers. Follow Scott’s lead by serving them with pork skins and celery.
6. Fried Green Tomatoes
Since green tomatoes are picked early, they’re firmer in texture—meaning they can hold their shape in a deep fryer. If you’ve never tried them, fried green tomatoes are tart and soft on the inside and crunchy and savory on the outside. Serve them with a zingy rémoulade.
10. Hush Puppies
They’re basically little golden-brown morsels of fried cornbread. Need we say more?
12. Buttermilk-Battered Pan-Fried Fish Fillets
Whether you go with flounder, grouper or trout, one thing’s for sure: You’ll be needing a heck of a lot of homemade tartar sauce to go with it.
13. Slow Cooker 13-Bean Burgoo Stew
In Kentucky, burgoo is usually a communal dish served at social events or fundraisers. Traditionally, each attendee brings an ingredient to contribute to the stew. While the meats and veggies can vary, this take stars chicken, okra, corn, potatoes and all the beans.
14. Yogurt Biscuits with Honey Butter
Southern biscuits are usually all about the butter, but we traded it for tangy Greek yogurt, which will keep the dough incredibly moist. Don’t worry though, they’re brushed with honey butter before baking for good measure.
16. Sweet Tea Fried Chicken
There’s absolutely *nothing* wrong with regular ol’ fried chicken. But using sweet tea in the brine creates a delicious contrast between the sweet meat and salty breading.
20. Mini Caramel Pecan Pies with Cinnamon Roll Pie Crust
The only thing better than digging into an ooey-gooey slice of pie is having a bunch of mini pies all to yourself. Don’t forget the whipped cream.