Off to the Races: A Celebratory Menu for Kentucky Derby (The Run for the Roses)

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Also known as “The Run for the Roses” and “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports”, the Kentucky Derby will be returning for its 140th year on May 2nd and 3rd. Although this prestigious event is best known for thoroughbred horse racing and show-stopping hats, it also has a wide and diverse array of food and beverages that will make foodies rejoice.

Beverages like the Rose Water Iced Tea, Spiced Cider Bourbon, Agave-Sweetened Orange-Orange Pekoe Tea, and Lillet Rose Spring Cocktail, just to name a few, are just as good as the traditional Mint Julep (first introduced in 1939). Tantalizing dishes and desserts, such as the Bourbon Chocolate Bread Pudding, Mint Julep Cupcakes, Bourbon Peach Crisp, Basil Wrapped Stuffed Mushrooms, Vegan Chipotle Stout Chili with Cashew Cream, and much more, are unforgettable for this celebatory day!

What is your favorite southern recipe?

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  1. I don’t eat much southern food to be honest because most of it is deep fried and really unhealthy. I do like sweet tea, though, and we don’t have much of that here.

  2. Anything withe bourbon, yes please! I was at the Derby in 2012 and was able to attend a special fundraising event called Taste of the Derby and there was so many dishes infused with bourbon, it was incredible.
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  3. The carrots and desserts look yummy!
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  4. Yum sounds like they eat good!!! I am a big fan of sweet tea, but never had it the southern way so I am sure I am missing out!
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  5. I would try any of them, they all look good! I’m all about trying new things this year.
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  6. The pumpkin pecan scones look delicious.
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  7. These are some fantastic choices for Derby day!
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  8. That bread pudding looks positively delicious! That’s first up for me!
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  9. I’m as far away from Southern as can be but the Sweet Potatoes with Bourbon and Maple Recipe sounds delicious!
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  10. I’m not so familiar with southern food. but they sure look yummy!!
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  11. Those sweet potatoes look delicious!
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  12. Great menu items! Though I have to say, you had me at bread pudding.
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  13. What a great collection of recipes!

  14. Nice recipe ideas, I want to have a Kentucky Derby party next year, it is such a great theme for a party. The Mint Julep cupcakes look amazing!
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  15. Love, love, love southern food! Favorite….that’s hard, probably chicken, baked beans, cornbread. Okay that’s a meal, but it’s too hard to pick one dish!
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  16. Early Grey tea is my favorite, would love to try that loaf. Never heard of tea inside bread before.
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  17. Those are some great recipes, I’m going to try this next year.
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  18. I can not believe I missed the Kentucky Derby for the first time in years! My best friend got me hooked on sweet grits, and combined with country fried steak and a biscuit, they have become my favorite breakfast ever.
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