Our Winning Kentucky Derby Recipes

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Our Winning Kentucky Derby Recipes

By The Paula Deen Test Kitchen

Break out your derby hats, and saddle for the Kentucky Derby! Hosting a Kentucky Derby party is just about as Southern as it comes. The traditional horse race gives spectators the chance to show off their finest outfits while sharing some fabulous recipes. So whether you’ll be sipping a mint julep in the stands of Churchill Downs watching the “Run for the Roses” or just having a good time with your friends in the comfort of your home, we invite you to try our favorite Kentucky Derby recipes!

imageTomato Grits
Grab a spoonful of this hearty side! These tomato grits are a Southern tradition and are perfect for a brunch, late afternoon lunch – or just about any time of day.

imagePhyllo Wrapped Asparagus
One of our favorite springtime vegetables also makes one of our favorite springtime appetizers. It’s hard to resist just one!

imageMinted Lamb
Ready to impress your friends with a savory entrée? Look no further than Paula’s minted lamb recipe. Garlic, thyme, mint and honey come together to make a marvelous marinade.

imageCorrie’s Kentucky Pie
Paula’s niece, Corrie, has the ultimate dessert for your Kentucky Derby party. Rich and chocolaty, make sure to serve it with a huge scoop of ice cream. The good news is that it freezes well, too!

imageBourbon Pecan Pie
If it’s the Kentucky Derby, then it’s got to be bourbon. Take a slice of this bourbon pecan pie, and you’ll be in love at first bite! If you prefer not cooking with alcohol, try substituting non-alcoholic vanilla extract.

imageMint Iced Tea
Fill your tea glasses to the brim with Paula’s minted iced tea. It’s perfect for slow-sippin’ on a gorgeous spring day.

Apple Julep
Thought not a traditional mint julep, we know you and your guests will love this fruit twist. Add a splash of your favorite alcohol to make a custom adult beverage.


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Paula i think your wonderful and you and the boys should think about putting together your own food network, you don't need those people. But in any case just keep doing what you do cause your the best.

By sharon legg on July 25, 2013


You have some wonderful recipes on your site. I like trying new recipes as much as I can

By Clavel moseley on December 26, 2012


love trying out your recipes,your the best

By DENAJONES on May 03, 2012


WE arrive in Savannah Sun. evening for a few day in town. Would LOVE to eat at The Lady and Sons and hoping to get to the book signing... How can we make sure we can eat at the restaurant??

By Judie Helmick on May 03, 2012



By Brenda Smith on May 02, 2012


can't wait to try the phyllo wrapped asparagus!!! That looks sooooo good!!! I have tried your Mystery Pecan Pie several times, always a big hit!!! Think I will try the tomatoe grits also, always have cheese grits.

By jean campbell on May 01, 2012

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