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Derby Day Snacks

Derby Day Snacks
Recipes by Lauren Utvich | Photos by Jennifer Hitchcock

Celebrate the fastest two minutes in sports with a make-ahead menu of modern Southern classics. (Fancy hat or bowtie optional)


Pimento Cheese Gougères

In France, these delicate cheese puffs are typically made with gruyère, comté, or emmentaler. But in the South during Derby time, only one cheese will do.

Strawberry Jam and Meyer Lemon Smash

Order an Uber, this one packs a punch.

Country Ham Biscuits

Part of the world’s Ham Belt, Kentucky takes its country ham seriously. It’s not a Derby party without these savories.

Butterbean and Radish Salad

A study in contrasts, radishes and butterbeans marry nicely tossed in an herby, lemony dressing. This salad is a fresh counterpoint to an otherwise rich menu.

Kentucky Beer Cheese

The quintessential Derby snack with crudités or pretzels, beer cheese was popularized when a bar owner in Clark County, Kentucky, offered the spread gratis to stoke his patrons’ thirst for more beer.

Pickled Shrimp Deviled Eggs

What’s better than a deviled egg? One with a bright and briny pickled shrimp on top. 

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