Even though it is one of the most exciting sports events of the year, the Kentucky Derby sure doesn’t last long. Nicknamed the "The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports," the Kentucky Derby has a lot of buildup, with parties, mint juleps, sun hats, and horses, but it’s all over in a flash after the bang of a gun.
While a lot of the hype is all taking place down in Louisville, Ky., there are plenty of people who whip out their aprons and get cooking, invite the gang over, and gather around the TV to watch it all take place from the comfort of their own homes. There’s a lot to do and talk about leading up to the race, like placing bets, watching pre-race coverage, and people-watching, but as soon as it’s over, your Kentucky Derby party can seem a little less meaningful than it did before the race.
The best way to make any get-together with family and friends meaningful is to cook up some delicious food, and these five recipes are perfect for the Kentucky Derby. Southern-themed, great for a crowd, and easy, they may even steal some attention from the horses. Take these crabby eggs, deviled and topped with fresh crabmeat — they’re the perfect bite to nibble on while celebrating the race. Or this Horse Race Pie, written in honor of the race and based off a famous recipe from a bakery in Louisville, which will have all of your guests cheering for you instead of the winning horse.
The Kentucky Derby is all over in the span of two minutes, but that doesn’t mean your food has to be. Make these Kentucky Derby-themed recipes this Saturday and keep the excitement going.
Anne Dolce is the Cook editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @anniecdolce