~ Saddle Up for a Taste of Kentucky: Iconic Foods of the Derby ~

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aste the Tradition: Kentucky Derby Foods

The Kentucky Derby is a well-known American event that annually attracts thousands of fans. However, it’s not just about the horse races. The Kentucky Derby is famous for a variety of reasons, one of the most significant reasons is its rich history. The race has been run annually since 1875, making it one of the oldest continuously run sporting events in the United States. It’s a part of American culture and is steeped in tradition, from the mint juleps to the garland of roses. Most would argue that the event’s food is as important, and the Kentucky Derby offers some of the most unusual and delectable dishes.

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aste the Tradition: Kentucky Derby Foods

The Kentucky Derby is a well-known American event that annually attracts thousands of fans. However, it’s not just about the horse races. The Kentucky Derby is famous for a variety of reasons, one of the most significant reasons is its rich history. The race has been run annually since 1875, making it one of the oldest continuously run sporting events in the United States. It’s a part of American culture and is steeped in tradition, from the mint juleps to the garland of roses. Most would argue that the event’s food is as important, and the Kentucky Derby offers some of the most unusual and delectable dishes.

Derby Delights

The Mint Julep is among the most famous foods. This beverage is offered in a silver cup and serves as the Kentucky Derby’s official beverage. It is made with bourbon, mint, sugar, and ice, and a fresh mint sprig serves as the garnish. It’s a cool beverage that goes well with the race’s customarily warm weather.

The Hot Brown is another dish that is well-liked at the Kentucky Derby. The Brown Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky, is where the hot sandwich known as the Hot Brown was created. It is eaten open-faced on bread and is made with turkey, bacon, and Mornay sauce. It’s a tasty and filling sandwich that’s ideal for a quick snack throughout the race.

The Derby Pie is a delicacy that should not be missed by sweet tooth’s. The recipe for this chocolate-nut pie, which was created in Kentucky, is a closely-kept secret. Pecans, bourbon, and chocolate chips are common ingredients in the pie. It’s a sumptuous dessert that will satisfy your hunger perfectly.

There are some unusual delicacies that are provided during the Kentucky Derby in addition to the customary foods. With a variety of meats, vegetables, and spices, Burgoo is a thick stew. It is a customary Kentucky meal that is frequently offered at Derby celebrations. On chilly race days, it’s a fantastic comfort dish that will warm you up.

 

The Kentucky Bourbon Ball is another unusual food item. A favorite sweet in Kentucky, these candies are created with bourbon, cream, and chocolate. They’re a wonderful way to savor Kentucky bourbon’s tastes in a sweet and creamy treat.

As you can see, the Kentucky Derby is more than merely a horse race. The food is a significant part of the event, and there are some delicious and unique dishes to try. From the Mint Julep to the Derby Pie and everything in between, there’s something for everyone at the Kentucky Derby. So, grab a plate, sit back, and enjoy the flavors of Kentucky during the “Run for the Roses.”

Here are some Kentucky Derby foods and facts:

  1. The Kentucky Derby is a famous horse race that takes place annually on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.
  2. The first Kentucky Derby was held in 1875 and was won by a horse named Aristides.
  3. The Kentucky Derby is the first race in the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, which also includes the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes.
  4. The fastest time ever recorded at the Kentucky Derby was set by Secretariat in 1973. He completed the 1 1/4 mile race in 1:59.40.
  5. The Kentucky Derby is also known as the “Run for the Roses” because the winner of the race is awarded a blanket made of roses.

Below, we’ve pulled together two of our best derby recipes to inspire fans all over to get creative in the kitchen and taste a little bit of the Kentucky Derby.

~ Kentucky Burgoo Recipe ~

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoon canola oil, divided
  • 2- (8 ounce) Creekstone Farms Top Sirloin Cut Filets, cut into 1- inch cubes
  • ½ pound Cheshire Heritage Farms pork loin, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • ½ pound Heartland Foods boneless turkey breast, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 quart chicken stock, divided
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 large carrot, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Idaho baking potatoes, peeled cubed ½ inch
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cut okra
  • 1 cup Heartland Foods frozen corn
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen butter beans
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • A couple sprigs of thyme
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained

Instructions:

  1. In a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, heat 1 tablespoon of oil. Working in batches, sauté beef, pork, and turkey, 5 minutes or until browned. Remove meat from pan. Repeat the procedure with remaining oil, beef, pork, and turkey until all has been browned. Remove from pan 
  2. Add 2 cups broth, salt, ¼ teaspoon black pepper, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Add beef mixture, remaining broth, onion, bell pepper, carrot, and garlic to the pan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, 1 hour or until beef is tender, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the potato, beans, corn, okra, thyme, and 1 tablespoon parsley. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes or until the potato is tender. Stir in remaining ¼ teaspoon black pepper, sugar, and the remaining 4 ingredients.  Simmer for 30-minutes or until mixture is thick.

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