Delicious Recipe Ideas You can Prepare During Kentucky Derby Day

Posted: May 5, 2022 2:07 am

Derby day is coming soon, and you’re wondering what delicious dishes to serve on your buffet table. Well, look no further! Here are twelve tasty recipes for you, your family, and guests to enjoy as they cheer on all of the horses on Kentucky Derby day.

1. Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese

This recipe is a snap to make and tastes absolutely delicious. Your guests will be so amazed that you whipped it up in a matter of minutes. It’s not difficult, and the taste of homemade macaroni and cheese is tastier than anything you can buy at the store. To prepare this delicious meal, you will need:
-1 pound of macaroni (I prefer shells)
-1 teaspoon olive oil
-6 tablespoons grated Cheddar cheese, plus extra to serve on top

To make the macaroni and cheese, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease an 8×8-inch baking dish with cooking spray or a thin layer of olive oil. You can also use a 9×13-inch dish, if you prefer.
Cook the macaroni in boiling water until it is tender but firm. Drain the pasta. Transfer the cooked pasta to the prepared baking dish and then cover with half of the cheese. Pour half of the remaining jarred spaghetti sauce over the top of all of your ingredients, and then sprinkle with breadcrumbs, if you wish.
Bake in the oven for twenty minutes or until cheese is completely melted and bubbling.
Serve up the macaroni and cheese hot out of the oven.

2. Chicken and Grits

This is one of the best Southern dishes of all time. It is made with an expert blend of ingredients that, when combined together, will send your taste buds to a delicious place. To prepare this mouthwatering meal, you will need:
-1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil (a small amount will do)
-1 cup coarse ground grits
-2 boneless chicken breasts, cut into small bite-size pieces.
-A quarter of a cup of chopped onion
-One cup of low-sodium chicken broth.
-1 cup of water
-A quarter teaspoon of ground black pepper

To cook this scrumptious meal, cook the chicken over medium heat until it is completely cooked through (about 30 minutes). Remove the chicken from the pan and set it aside. Add the flour to the pan, cook for about three minutes, then stir in one cup of water and all of the tomato sauce. Allow the mixture to come to a boil, and then add the onion and pepper.
Add the grits in one cup increments until all of the grits have been added. Then stir in the water and chicken broth, combine well, and simmer for ten minutes or until the grits have absorbed all of the liquid. Add the chicken back into your mixture and allow them to heat up through.
Serve up the chicken-grits dish with a bit of toast.

3. Grilled Chicken with Fresh Fruit

This is a great recipe for those who enjoy an all-in-one meal. It’s easy to prepare and tastes absolutely amazing when served hot out of the pan. Derby day is a great time to cook up something scrumptious like this because it’s always nice and warm. To prepare this dish, you will need:
-1 tablespoon of olive oil for the pan
-2 boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
-1 cup of chopped green bell pepper.
-1 large can (12 ounces) of evaporated milk.
-¼ cup of yellow mustard.
-One teaspoon of salt (or to your taste)
-½ teaspoon ground black pepper

To cook this meal, heat the olive oil in a saucepan and sauté the bell pepper for about five minutes. Then add the rest of the ingredients and allow it to simmer for about ten minutes or until all of the liquid has been absorbed by the chicken and vegetables. Serve up the chicken and vegetables with a bit of toast.

4. Brie Cheese Sandwich

This is a fantastic recipe for any lover of cheese. It’s so simple to make and can be whipped up in literally minutes! The taste of the cheese, nuts, and berries together on an open-faced sandwich is almost too good to be true. To prepare this dish, you will need:
-1 cup of cubed Brie cheese
-4 tablespoons of roasted almonds
-4 pieces of a poppy seed bun
-2 teaspoons of orange juice

To make the cheese sandwich, simply place the cheese on the bottom half of each bread slice. Then spread one tablespoon of nuts on top and then another tablespoon of Brie. Finally, add two teaspoons of orange juice onto your sandwich and serve it up with a side salad.

5. Banana Walnut Bread

Banana walnut bread is a sweet treat that is absolutely delicious. It’s perfect to serve up on Derby day, and also makes for a great dessert. This dish is sure to please your guests, and is easy to prepare! To cook this dish, you will need:
-3 cups of all-purpose flour
-1 teaspoon baking soda.
-One cup of sugar.
-One cup of mashed bananas.
-2 egg whites.

To make the banana bread, combine the flour, sugar, soda, and salt together in a large bowl. Then add the wet (mashed banana and egg whites) ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir well to mix. Pour the wet ingredients into a loaf pan that has been greased with nonstick cooking spray. Cover the bread with plastic wrap and then refrigerate it overnight. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees while baking. Bake the banana bread for approximately one hour or until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the bread comes out clean.

6. Beef Roast and Vegetables

This is a delicious dinner to have on Derby day. The best part is that it’s easy to prepare and can feed a large group of people. It’s also something that you can prepare in advance and then place in the oven right before your guests start to arrive. To cook this menu, you will need:
-A three to four-pound roast, depending on how many people you intend to serve.
-1½ cups of beef broth
-One can (14.5 ounces) of French’s tomato soup
-Two pounds of baby red potatoes
-Two cups of baby carrots and peas, cooked.
-One cup of quick-cooking oats

This meal can be cooked in an oven or large pot on your stovetop (depending on your preference). In the oven, roast beef at 350 degrees for two hours or until the internal temperature is 155 degrees, and then let it sit for 30 minutes before serving. If you choose to use the stovetop method, cook the roast with one cup of water that has been mixed with the tomato soup mixture for about three hours over low heat. Then add the potatoes and carrots and allow it to simmer for about five minutes.
To make the oatmeal, mix it together with three cups of water in a saucepan (use a nonstick baking pan so it will be easy to clean up). Simmer on low heat for approximately ten minutes. Serve up this delicious meal alongside some rolls or cornbread.

7. Herb Crusted Salmon with Garlic Dressing

This is a wonderful meal that tastes so good. It’s simple to prepare and is a great main course for any large gathering. Icing the salmon with crumb mixture before baking it will bring out even more of the flavors because the garlic will get caramelized, too. To cook this dish, you will need:
-1 cup of panko bread crumbs
-¼ cup of diced parsley
-½ teaspoon of salt (or to taste)
-One egg white.
-2 tablespoons of vegetable oil (for frying)

This dish is best prepared using a baking sheet with a rack placed upon it. Place the salmon fillets on top, top them with the crumbs and then sprinkle them with salt and pepper. Then drizzle the egg white all over the fillet. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, then turn on your broil to finish off the fish.
To make the garlic dressing, mix together one cup of mayonnaise with three tablespoons of olive oil and five teaspoons of minced garlic into a bowl. Then serve it up alongside some asparagus and enjoy!

8. Oreo Pie

This is a simple dessert to add to your Derby menu. It’s made with only four ingredients, and is sure to be a hit with your guests. To make the Oreo pie, you will need:
-Two packages of Oreo cookies
-One 9-inch piecrust (store bought is fine).
-One quart of heavy whipping cream (this should be whipped until stiff)
To make the Oreo pie, simply place the cookie pieces into a blender or food processor and process until they are pulverized. Then add them to a mixing bowl. Then pour the whipping cream into a mixing bowl and mix well. Add the Oreo pieces to the bowl and mix everything together until it is smooth and creamy.

9. Fruity Cheesecake

This is an incredible dessert to serve up on Derby day. It only takes a few minutes to prepare and will be sure to impress your guests. The cheesecake itself is creamy and delicious, and you can add whatever type of fruit that you want into the mix! To make this meal, you will need:
-One 8 inch graham cracker crust
-One box of cream cheese (8 ounces)
-One package of graham crackers (1.5 ounces)
-Three tablespoons of sugar
-One cup of chopped strawberries

Take the graham crackers and blend them up into a fine powder. Then add it to the mix along with everything else. Mix well, and then pour it into the pie crust. Place the dessert in the refrigerator to chill, and serve it up at your Derby party!

10. Cucumber Tomato Salad

This is a light and refreshing dish that will be sure to please your guests. It’s a beautiful salad that can also be served up as either an appetizer or a main course. To make this dish, you will need:
-Three tomatoes.
-One cucumber.
-One cup of chopped fresh basil.
-One cup of purple onion (chopped).
-Two tablespoons of olive oil
-One teaspoon of salt (or to taste)

To make this salad, take the tomatoes and dice them up into small cubes. Then cut the cucumber in half and then remove the seeds. Then dice them as well. Combine all three together along with the basil, purple onion, and olive oil. Mix, stir, and serve right away!

11. Vegetable Cocktail

This vegetable cocktail is so easy to make, and will be sure to impress your guests on Derby day. The vegetables are fresh and crisp, and the dressing is made with only a few ingredients. To make this dish, you will need:
-One head of broccoli
-One head of cauliflower
-One head of celery
-One red bell pepper (chopped).
-Two cloves of garlic (minced).
This dish can be cooked on your stovetop or in the oven. To cook it on your stovetop, simply boil a pot of water and cook the vegetables for about five minutes. To cook it in the oven, bake it at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. Then serve it up with a delicious blue cheese dressing!

12. Grilled Swordfish Steak

This is a wonderful main course that has so much flavor! It tastes great as a starter, or as the main course for your Derby party. Icing the swordfish with the Cajun spice before grilling it will bring out even more of the flavors, and create an excellent presentation. To cook this dish, you will need:
-One 8-ounce swordfish steak (chopped).
-One tablespoon of olive oil
-One teaspoon of Cajun seasoning
-One dash of black pepper

This dish is best made on an outdoor grill, but you can use your stovetop if it is too cold outside. Prepare the swordfish by icing it with the olive oil, then sprinkle it with the Cajun spice and black pepper. Cook for about five minutes on each side until it is done to your liking. Serve up this delicious meal alongside a tossed salad or some rolls!

In conclusion, derby day is an exciting day for everyone, and it is a lot of fun to cook up some tasty Derby Day meals. These recipes can be made ahead of time, so they can be served to your guests right before the big race starts.

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