The Kentucky Derby is only a few weeks away but those of us who won’t make it to the Downs can still enjoy traditional Kentucky Derby foods while we watch. Kentucky is known for more than just “the fastest two minutes in sports”. Kentucky is a place steeped in tradition and known for the Derby, Bourbon, Bluegrass, college basketball and horse farms that offer picturesque views.
As a Kentucky Proud product, we provide a variety of local flavors that can bring the taste of Kentucky to your Derby Party anywhere. This blog focuses on the finger foods, as many watch parties last much longer than 2 minutes. Let guests eat and mingle throughout the event with these delicious and filling foods.
Now send out the invites and grab your hats.
Our Kentucky Party Fare is an assortment that includes traditional Country sliced ham, beaten biscuits and tangy mustard to create finger sandwiches for a crowd.
Meat, Cheese and cracker pairings are a hit with our mouth-watering hand cured lean cuts of pork. These tenderloins are rolled in freshly cracked black pepper and smoked over hickory to infuse them with flavor. Serve the tenderloin sliced thinly along with a buttery cracker and rich cheddar cheese.
Beer Cheese Dip is a crowd pleaser paired with your choice of chips, crackers, or vegetables. The spice is mild, but it brings a unique flavor that will set your party apart.
Derby Pie is a long-standing Kentucky tradition. Enjoy this pie which begins with a flaky buttery crust, a blend of chocolate and walnuts mixed with a wonderful filling.
Bourbon Barrel Cake is sweetened by brown sugar, maple, and chocolate. It’s topped with walnuts and drizzled with a rich chocolate and caramel bourbon icing. The Kentucky bourbon is aged seven years and
Sweet tea is a southern staple, add a unique option to your gathering with our Old Honey Barn Sassafras Tea. If you’ve never had it, sassafras offers a taste that many say is reminiscent of root beer.
The crowning show stopper for the derby is the Mint Julep! We off the mixer which need only be combined with bourbon, ice and fresh mint leaves for a true taste of the derby. For those wishing to partake in the flavor but skip the alcohol, simply exchange bourbon for a quality ginger ale.
Now that you’ve got a bit of all the Kentucky traditions you’ll only need to get all dressed up and turn on the race. Offer guests an opportunity to pick the winning horse through a friendly wager. For those wanting to create a full meal for your party, check back next week as we offer a dinner menu, recipes included.