Get A Taste of the South with A Kentucky Derby Party!

Get A Taste of the South with A Kentucky Derby Party!

The Kentucky Derby is on May 1st, so it’s time to start planning your viewing party. There's no better way to watch the races than to invite a few friends over for some Southern grub! Let Recipe4Living take care of the menu and you can take care of the bets.

The Kentucky Derby, in Louisville, Kentucky, dates all the way back to 1864.  It is one of the oldest thoroughbred horse races in the USA, and is definitely the best-known.  The Derby is known for its parties, so why not throw one of your own?  Sip a Mint Julep, try some Southern cuisine, invite some friends, and watch the race in your very own home.

Appetizers
These bite-sized treats are perfect to munch on while watching the race!

Kentucky Bourbon Steak Bites
Fried Green Tomatoes
Southern Chicken Wings with Spicy Barbecue Sauce
Kentucky Beer Cheese
Collard Green Wontons

Main Courses
These Southern favorites will really make you feel like you’re in Kentucky!  Comfort food at its finest. 

Kentucky Derby Chicken-Noodle Casserole
Southern Macaroni and Cheese
Southern Grit and Shrimp Towers
Baked Kentucky Fried Chicken
Southern Pork Chops

Side Dishes

Zucchini, Southern-Style
Honey Corn on the Cob
Southern Sweet Potato Casserole
Sweet Cole Slaw
Country Corn Bread

Desserts 
Fresh fruit finds its way into most Southern desserts, so end your meal with one of these fruity desserts.

Southern Peach Pie
Easy Southern Banana Pudding
Southern Toffee
Kentucky Apple Fried Pies
Southern Mandarin Orange Cake

Beverages
Try these sweet and sippable drinks, from the traditional Mint Julep to the refreshing lemonade punch.

The Kentucky Derby Mint Julep
Raspberry Sweet Tea
Southern Comfort Punch
Balloon Wine
Lemonade Punch

Presentation Pointers:
1.
For a bit of fun, have your guests show up in their most flamboyant hats.  The bigger, the better! 
2. Have everyone bet a dollar or two on their favorite horse.  It will really add some excitement to the atmosphere. 
3.Put together a playlist of related songs, such as "My Old Kentucky Home" or "Mint Julep."

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