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Celebrate Derby Days with These Winning Recipes

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By: Beth DAddono
Celebrate Derby Days with These Winning Recipes

The annual running of the Kentucky Derby — known as the "Greatest Two Minutes in Sports" — and The Preakness — the second leg of racing's Triple Crown — offer two compelling reasons to hold spring soirees.

If you want to impress, aim for your own version of the Kentucky Derby's" Millionaire's Row," where boldface names mingle in box seats and pose for the paparazzi. Think everything red (the winning horse is blanketed in red roses) — china, crystal and silver — all washed down with a round of classic mint juleps.

Or you can party like the general-admission crowd, with an outdoor picnic, complete with colorful reusable dishes and cups, red-checked tablecloths and a Southern-style spread.

Here are recipe ideas to ensure a winning experience:

Southern Comfort

What says Southern comfort better than ham and biscuits? This elegant preparation of sweet and savory honey-glazed ham offers a hint of exotic spice, including a whiff of Spice Islands® Ground Saigon Cinnamon and Spice Islands® Ground Cloves. Pair the ham with smoked cheddar and thyme biscuits, flaky spoonbread, spiked with nibs of smoky cheddar and Spice Islands® Snipped Chives, and bound with the tang of old-fashioned buttermilk.



Down-Home Treats

Bourbon is the official drink of the Kentucky Derby, usually muddled with fresh mint, a little water and powdered sugar. But bourbon has its place in the kitchen too, as you'll taste in a pairing of Grilled Chicken Thighs with Chipotle Bourbon Sauce and sweet potatoes. Powered by Spice Islands® Chipotle Chile Powder and glazed with a mix of citrus, honey and bourbon, this simple main dish works beautifully with sliced sweet potatoes drizzled with orange juice, bourbon and butter.


Stakes and Crab

The 141st Preakness Stakes brings some of the finest thoroughbreds to Baltimore, a harbor city where crab is king and seafood reigns supreme. Serve your guests these crab cakes bright with the flavors of citrus — a perfect main course or made into bite-sized nibbles, a winning starter.

And the winner is…

This traditional bourbon-infused pecan pie, a decadent reward infused with Spice Islands® Pure Vanilla Extract and plenty of Kentucky's finest, will have every guest sprinting to the party finish line.


Beth D'Addono is a food and travel writer based in New Orleans. She regularly writes about flavors Creole and global for outlets from and to Country Roads and AAA World. Her latest book is The Hunt New Orleans, an authentically different guidebook to her city.

Spice Islands® spices deliver high-quality, authentic flavors from all over the world so you can put the most delicious meals on your table.


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