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Melany Myers

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The Kentucky Derby and the 147th Run for the Roses may look different again this year due to the pandemic but you can still have quite the spread at home. There are new YouTube cooking classes and recipes from Churchill Downs Racetrack.

The Kentucky Derby will take place on May 1, with limited in-person seating. You can definitely have a small gathering at home with some serious food. I’m not much of a Derby fan but I’m all about these recipes. Churchill Downs’ executive chef David Danielson will help you create a tasty at-home menu for Derby Day. He has YouTube tutorials in which he’ll walk you through making two dishes, as well as a video from Tim Knittel, the official bourbon ambassador of Churchill Downs teaching you how to make two cocktails. I’ll admit that I’ve never tried a Mint Julep and I want to!

Churchill Downs is also releasing a full menu of recipes for lots of yummy dishes. There’s Black-Eyed Pea & Corn Salsa with Chips, Tomato & Watermelon Salad, Grit Fritters with Pimento Cheese & Green Goddess Dipping Sauce, and an Ice Cream Sundae with Woodford Reserve Bourbon Caramel. Fans can visit here to get the full recipes and suggested wine and cocktail pairings.

I’m thinking of making their recipe for Shrimp Succotash Salad this week! It looks so good and it looks like the perfect dish to make when it’s too hot to cook. I’m a big fan of chilled salads in the spring and summer. Not just because it’s too hot to cook but also because it’s a perfect time to make use of seasonal veggies.

Another recipe that looks great and would be great for a gathering is the “Jar-cuterie’ recipe. It’s personal charcuterie portions served inside of a jar and they’re too cute. And of course tasty.

Take a look at the recipes here. Perfect for a Kentucky Derby party at home or for a delicious spring dinner.