Churchill Downs Released Their Official at-Home Derby Menu

Recreate the racetrack experience from your own kitchen.

Kentucky Derby at-home menu
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This year's Kentucky Derby is sure to still be the fastest two minutes in sports, even with the novel coronavirus impacting its original plans for the traditional running in early May. While the Derby will now take place on September 5 in front of a smaller in-person audience, fans can still recreate the Derby experience thanks to the newly released at-home Derby menu, which will allow fans to get in on the fun at home.

According to a press release, Executive Chef David Danielson said he "was inspired to curate a menu of easy-to-make, at-home dishes that are a true reflection of the classics Derby-goers crave, so anyone can partake in the culinary festivities of the day." The menu features classic Kentucky ingredients, like bourbon, peach and mint, and celebrates seasonal produce. While they don't list any official drinks, learn how to make their signature Mint Julep (and if you need a proper Julep cup, we like this one from Sur La Table, on sale for $15). Read on to learn how to make the menu for yourself.

The Menu

Derby Day Seafood Pasta Salad

Derby day seafood pasta salad
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This pasta salad is full of fresh vegetables and seafood, making it the perfect side dish. Get the Derby recipe or try a similar version with our Shrimp Pasta Salad.

Grilled Radicchio, Corn & Fennel with Buttermilk-Yogurt Dressing

Grilled Radicchio, Corn & Fennel with Buttermilk-Yogurt Dressing
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No plate is complete without some vegetables, and this recipe utilizes the grill to impart a delicious smoky flavor to the radicchio and corn. If you prefer a less-bitter green, try our recipe for Grilled Romaine with Avocado-Lime Dressing instead.

Sweet Potato Hummus

Sweet potato hummus
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This hummus recipe will make a great dip when paired with pretzels or veggies. Or try our other riffs on hummus using beets, avocado or roasted red peppers as the costars to chickpeas.

Chicken Kabob with Mint Pistachio Pesto

Chicken kabob with mint-pistachio pesto
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These kabobs are sure to be the star of the plate with the seasonal pesto. Get the Derby recipe or try our Mojito-Marinated Chicken Kebabs, which are equally delicious.

Edamame Succotash with Mint Vinaigrette

Edamame succotash with mint vinaigrette
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This recipe was the 2020 winner of Churchill Downs' 'Official Menu Taste Tester' competition and it features tons of seasonal produce like corn, cucumbers and tomatoes. If you want to replace the edamame, try our Summer Succotash Salad, which features butter beans.

Henry Bain Steak Burger Sliders

Henry Bain steak burger sliders
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These sliders feature a sauce named after Henry Bain, who was the maitre d' at Louisville's Pendennis Club. We could easily imagine using the titular sauce with other recipes like Slow-Cooker Barbecue Brisket Sliders.

Turkey Meatballs with Peach Hot Sauce

Turkey meatball with peach hot sauce
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These meatballs are coated in a peach-flavored hot sauce, which sounds amazing. If turkey isn't your favorite, you could easily use the hot sauce on our recipe for Easy Italian Chicken Meatballs instead.

Bourbon Rice Crispy Treat

Bourbon rice crispy treats
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No menu is complete without dessert, and the Derby recipe puts a spin on a childhood classic. We'll happily make these for the table, but if you're looking for other Derby flavors, try our recipe for Mint Chocolate Cake or Peach Cobbler.

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