Recipes for Derby Day Party

Recipes for Derby Day Party

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – This weekend’s Kentucky Derby and Chef Brad Hagler of Savor Southern Kitchen joined Bill Murray in the WECT kitchen to share some of his favorite recipes for a great Kentucky Derby Day celebration.

Hagler showed a miniature version of Kentucky Hot Browns from The Brown Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. Hagler said these candied turkey sandwiches with tomatoes and bechamel sauce are also known as Kentucky’s state sandwich.

Its spicy pimento cheese dip is a great accompaniment to your favorite crackers, and Hagler says you can enjoy it with your favorite pecan pie. Hagler’s Kentucky Derby pecan pies contain both chocolate and bourbon.

The 148th Kentucky Derby is this Saturday and WECT has full coverage of the world’s most famous horse race. Post time is 6:57 PM Saturday.


Derby Pie


Sugar – 1/2 cup

Dark brown sugar – 1/4 cup

Light brown sugar – 1/4 cup

Glucose syrup (light) – 1 1/2 cups

Butter – 1/4 cup

Vanilla – 1.5 tsp

Chopped pecans – 1 1/2 cups

Bourbon – 1/4 cup

Chocolate chips – 1/2 cup

Eggs – 4

9 inch pie pan – 1


1) Boil sugars and corn syrup together for 2 minutes, let cool slightly.

2) In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and slowly add them to the sugar mixture.

3) Add bourbon, vanilla, pecans, and chocolate chips and mix well.

4) Pour in the cake tin.

5) Bake at 350 degrees (F) for 35-45 minutes.

Kentucky Hot Brown

Makes 2 sandwiches, cut into 1/4 pieces for mini servings.


For Bechamel sauce (or use high-quality Alfredo sauce):

Heavy cream – 1 1/2 cups

Whole milk – 1/2 cup

Pecorino Romano cheese – 1/2 cup (1 tablespoon for garnish)

Nutmeg – pinch

Salt & pepper – to taste

For sandwich:

Sliced ​​Turkey Breast – 12 oz.

Texas toast – 4 slices

Bacon – 4 slices

Roma tomatoes – 8 slices


1) Melt the butter in a pan and slowly stir in the flour.

2) Continue beating over low/medium heat to foam the roux.

3) Beat in the cream and milk for 2/3 minutes until the cream begins to simmer, then remove from heat.

4) Beat in the Pecorino cheese until smooth, then add nutmeg and salt and pepper.

5) Toast the bread.

6) Top each with 6 oz. turkey and 4 slices of Roma tomatoes.

7) Pour sauce over top and toast until cheese begins to brown and bubble.

8) Top with 2 slices of bacon and garnish with Pecorino.

Allspice Cheese


Shredded Sharp Cheddar – 8 cups

Mayo – 3/4 cups

Dijon mustard – 2.5 tablespoons

Roasted red peppers – 1 long or 2 small

Texas Pete – 2 teaspoons

Worcestershire sauce – 1/8 cup

Granulated Garlic – 1.5 tsp

Onion powder – 1 tablespoon

Black pepper – 1 teaspoon


1) Mix well.

2) Refrigerate if not served immediately.

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