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Derby Day Delights: 10 Southern Treats for Your Kentucky Derby 2011 Party

The Louisville Hot Brown: A Kentucky Derby Classic

Though the Derby itself lasts only a few minutes, your Kentucky Derby 2011 party could go all day. And that means you’re going to need plenty of southern food to wash down those mint juleps and bourbons on ice. Lucky for you, there’s a lot of southern flair in this Brooklyn household and we have a host of great, party-friendly recipes for your Derby Day celebration this Saturday. From fried chicken to an authentic Louisville Hot Brown, odds are we’ve got the classic dishes that will make your derby day one to remember.

Starters and Snacks

Homemade Cheese Crackers

These buttery, flaky crackers are surprisingly easy to make. Cut them into fun shapes for a kid-friendly snack, or make spicy cheese straws for the adults.


A New Take on Ambrosia Salad
No marshmallows here, just tender avocado, mixed citrus, cukes and celery with an incredible dressing.

Corn Bread with Real Corn
A classic nosh, this light, tender corn bread goes with everything.


Roast Asparagus
Did you know you can eat this seasonal treat with your fingers? Roast asparagus makes an excellent party finger food.


Mains

Classic Buttermilk Fried Chicken
It’s a fact that few things go better with horse racing than real fried chicken. Your Derby guest will devour this southern staple.

The Louisville Hot Brown Sandwich
You know what would make this turkey better? Bacon, butter, and cheese. That’s right folks, this Louisville specialty isn’t good for you, but it sure does taste good.

Sliders with Caramelized Onions
These aren’t southern per se, but they are the perfect finger food. Caramelized onions and horseradish mayo make these slides a sophisticated snack.

Desserts

Banana Pudding
Our homemade take on this southern classic is divine. Light and creamy with real banana flavor and airy whipped cream, not mention a plethora of vanilla seeds and Nilla wafers. Serve in individual glasses for easier eating.

Fried Apple Pies
Needless to say this classic hand-held dessert is scrumptious. Just the thing to nurse a bruised ego, and wallet, when your horse doesn’t come in first.

Apple Cider Donuts
These lightly sweet, real apple cider donuts will light up the eyes of kids and adults alike, and their deep golden color will look great against your seersucker suit.

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