Recipes for traditional desserts, snacks and cakes

Recipes for traditional desserts, snacks and cakes

Nothing says party like food, and nothing says Kentucky Derby party like traditional Southern food. With 148 years of history and centuries of regional traditions, there’s no shortage of decadent and unique Bluegrass dishes and desserts to whip up for the perfect Kentucky Derby viewing party at home.

The 2022 Kentucky Derby airs Saturday, May 7 from noon to 2:30 p.m. ET on USA Network and from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Coverage is also available to stream live NBCSports.comthe NBC Sports app and Peacock

Related: How to Watch the 2022 Kentucky Derby: TV Channel, Live Stream

Kentucky Hot Brown

The hot brown is a product of the Historic Brown Hotel in downtown Louisville. In the 1920s, Chef Fred Schmidt was looking for a late-night delicacy for partying night owls and found it in this open-faced turkey sandwich topped with bacon and Mornay sauce.

Checking out the original recipe from the Brown Hotelstraight from the birthplace of the hot brown self.

(Kentucky) Fried Chicken

Fried chicken is arguably the most widespread, globally known export of Bluegrass, thanks to Colonel Sanders and his roadside restaurant in Corbin, Ky.

Keep it greasy and traditional with a classic and simple fried chicken from race owner and celebrity chef Bobby Flay† Throw in some waffles and syrup if you’re a breakfast before dinner fan, or add some extra Southern taste for the bourbon lovers

You can also compensate for some of the fat with a vegetable side dish from the Kentucky Derby’s Official 2022 Menulike a Woodford Reserve sweet potato casserolecharred broccoli salad or a butternut squash and baby kale risotto

Related: Recipes for Traditional Mint Julep and Other Kentucky Derby Drinks


Dive deep into Kentucky cuisine with burgoo, a meat and vegetable stew traditionally made with all the available items, such as rabbit, squirrel, and possum. For a less adventurous crowd, the The official Kentucky Derby burgoo recipe uses store-bought meats, including steak, pork, and turkey.

Biscuits and gravy

Get your Kentucky Derby party started early with a hearty serving of biscuits and gravy, a mainstay of Southern cuisine. Use a buttery biscuit with six ingredients recipe and make something of it classic sausage gravyor think more outside the box with a casserole-like bake that combines biscuits and gravy with cheese and eggs. What else do you want?

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bourbon balls

If you really have a sweet tooth, satisfy it with rich bourbon balls, a chocolate-covered bourbon, and nut delicacy invented in 1938 by Ruth Booe of Rebecca Ruth Chocolates.

try this easy recipewhich involves soaking the pecans in bourbon overnight, or mixing things up with different ingredients like bourbon liqueur, different chocolate coatings, or adding sea salt.

transparent cake

Transparent pie is a custard-ey pie that originated in Maysville, on the border between Kentucky and Ohio. Dating back to the 1800s, this simple yet sweet dessert is made entirely from everyday kitchen staples. Kentucky Tourism has a simple recipe that is ideal for beginner bakers.

Watch the 148th edition of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 7 from noon to 2:30 p.m. ET on USA Network and from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Full coverage is also available on NBCSports.comthe NBC Sports app and Peacock.

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