30 Recipes For Kentucky Derby Weekend!

We love watching the kentucky derby every May! Sharing tons of my favorite recipes for kentucky derby weekend below, so break out the hats and pimento cheese and have a little get together! I’m so excited to share a bunch of my favorite Kentucky Derby recipes in anticipation of the race next weekend! We love […]

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We love watching the kentucky derby every May! Sharing tons of my favorite recipes for kentucky derby weekend below, so break out the hats and pimento cheese and have a little get together!

I’m so excited to share a bunch of my favorite Kentucky Derby recipes in anticipation of the race next weekend!

30 recipes for the kentucky derby

We love watching The Kentucky Derby and if you’ve been reading forever, then you know Eddie is a huge fan. It might just be his favorite day of the entire year.

I love that we can make a few fun snacks at home and enjoy them for the entire minute or so when the race happens. Ha! No, but really, it’s a fun little micro-holiday (as I like to call them) that we get weirdly excited for and enjoy.

And! If you have a copy of The Pretty Dish, then you know that I have a full derby day menu in there! Super fun with lots of snacks. I have lots of recipes here on the blog too, so I wanted to share in case you’re partaking in the celebration next Saturday, May 7.

30 Recipes for Kentucky Derby Weekend!

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Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs with Crushed Potato Chips.

These pimento cheese deviled eggs are made with a rich pimento cheese filling, topped with sliced scallions, pimentos and crushed potato chips for extra crunch and flavor! Hello hello, it’s time for fancy deviled eggs! These deviled eggs are made with a classic-ish filling and one secret ingredient: pimento cheese! Plus topped with some crushed […]

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These pimento cheese deviled eggs are made with a rich pimento cheese filling, topped with sliced scallions, pimentos and crushed potato chips for extra crunch and flavor!

Hello hello, it’s time for fancy deviled eggs!

pimento cheese deviled eggs

These deviled eggs are made with a classic-ish filling and one secret ingredient: pimento cheese! Plus topped with some crushed potato chips for the best flavor ever.

I live for a fancy deviled egg!

deviled egg filling

And it’s not the first time I’m doing a fancy deviled egg. I’ve made smoked salmon deviled eggs, bacon buffalo deviled eggs, french onion deviled eggs and blue cheese asparagus deviled eggs.

Don’t get me wrong – I do love the traditional version. But as usual, I really love ones with a modern twist! 

filled deviled eggs

So. I’m purposely sharing these after Easter… that way you can have them in time for the Kentucky Derby weekend! Plus, I wanted to mix up two derby favorites: pimento cheese + deviled eggs are a match made in heaven. 

pimento cheese deviled eggs

We LOVE pimento cheese in this house. Here is my favorite recipe! It’s an amazing dip/spread to have on hand for snacking, for parties, for burgers – everything.

pimento cheese deviled eggs

Now here’s why I love this recipe.

My pimento cheese is absolutely delicious and makes a big portion. Whether you’re making it from scratch OR buying it from somewhere, you will most likely have a few spoonfuls left. Or a few spoonfuls to spare before serving.

This is the perfect way to spruce up regular old deviled eggs! Add a little zing and flavor. 

pimento cheese deviled eggs

Plus, we’re going to top them with some scallions, a few pimentos and most importantly, crushed potato chips.

Um, YES. 

Crispy, salty potato chips for some extra crunch and a touch of flavor. I love them as a garnish. What can I say!? 

pimento cheese deviled eggs

I have a deviled egg hack when it comes to the filling these. Since all pimento cheese varieties are slightly different in texture, you may run into some issues with how thick the filling can get. I suggest using some of the juice from the jar of diced pimentos to keep the filling super smooth and creamy. 

This is something you’ll have to judge by eye and feel of the spoon in the deviled egg filling. But it works like a charm! 

pimento cheese deviled eggs

These are so super fun! They are unique enough without being WEIRD, you know? Like my family members who think I make too many nontraditional things? They eat these because they are just as good as the classic.

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Pimento Cheese Quiche with Everything Seasoning.

This pimento cheese quiche is delicious served warm or cold! Flaky crust covered with everything seasoning, filled with pimento cheese, fresh herbs and scallions. Perfect for brunch or dinner! Two of my favorite things are coming together today! Pimento cheese IN a quiche. Oh my word. We’re making this a thing and it’s absolutely delicious. […]

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This pimento cheese quiche is delicious served warm or cold! Flaky crust covered with everything seasoning, filled with pimento cheese, fresh herbs and scallions. Perfect for brunch or dinner!

Two of my favorite things are coming together today!

pimento cheese quiche with everything seasoning

Pimento cheese IN a quiche. Oh my word. We’re making this a thing and it’s absolutely delicious. Creamy pimento cheese in a rich quiche with a flaky crust. It is so darn good and I can’t wait for you to try it.

Oh also, it’s loaded with scallions and fresh herbs (so springy!) and the crust is sprinkled with everything seasoning. Could this be any better?!

eggs, herbs, milk

It took me years to get into loving quiche. I had a mental block against the dish as a kid. We once went on a playdate when I was a kid – how I remember this, I have no idea – with some neighbor kids and they served quiche. It was not my favorite and it turned me off for years!

quiche ready to bake

It’s a shame too, because we were big breakfast-for-dinner people. I loved the nights my mom would make breakfast for dinner. She still loves it! Growing up she’d make eggs or sandwiches and maybe potato pancakes – a whole array of things.

I think now, MAN, if we only had a good quiche back then it would have been perfect. Also, kind of easy. Especially for dinner! It can even be made ahead of time.

pimento cheese quiche with everything seasoning

And that’s the whole thing. Quiche is the best because it can be served warm or cold. Straight from the fridge or served warm and cheesy. 

pimento cheese quiche with everything seasoning

This quiche is extra special because it’s filled with pimento cheese! I love to think of spring as pimento cheese season, but let’s be real – every season is pimento cheese season. The key here is to add a scoop of room temperature (so slightly soft) pimento cheese to the eggs and blending it all together before pouring the mixture in the crust.

WHOA.

This adds flavor and so much richness to the quiche. As if a quiche needed to be richer? I know. But it’s super delicious.

pimento cheese quiche with everything seasoning

I use my favorite pimento cheese recipe. If you make it from scratch, you can easily do it ahead of time. You won’t use that entire recipe, so it can hang out in the fridge until you find yourself walking by every five minutes and dipping a pretzel in it. Oh yes. 

But! You don’t HAVE to make the pimento cheese – it’s pretty easy to find these days. You would most likely find it at the deli counter in your local grocery store, around house-made dips and cheeses. AKA, my favorite place to be.

pimento cheese quiche with everything seasoning

For the crust, I use my grandmother’s pie crust but of course, you can use a store-bought one too.

This is amazing for a busy weeknight if you want to go the semi-homemade route. It’s also fabulous if you prepare the entire thing ahead of time. You can reheat slices for lunch or dinner and even grab it cold from the fridge on your way out the door. (more…)

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Pimento Cheese Poppers with Jalapeño Ranch.

These pimento cheese poppers are crispy, cheesy bites that melt in your mouth! Dip in a jalapeño ranch or throw on top of a salad. Like goat cheese poppers, but better?! They are incredibly delish! Let’s make these pimento cheese poppers a THING!!! Okay guys. You are going to have to forgive me. Because I’m […]

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These pimento cheese poppers are crispy, cheesy bites that melt in your mouth! Dip in a jalapeño ranch or throw on top of a salad. Like goat cheese poppers, but better?! They are incredibly delish!

Let’s make these pimento cheese poppers a THING!!!

pimento cheese poppers with jalapeño ranch

Okay guys. You are going to have to forgive me. Because I’m frying dip and serving it with more dip. 

Yes. 

It sounds terrible. But it’s actually wonderful! 

I swear on the moon and the stars and the sky. 

ball of pimento cheese

Last week I told you I had one more recipe utilizing pimento cheese up my sleeve, and here we are! Since the Kentucky Derby is tomorrow, these have arrived just in time. You should definitely make them for the one minute race! 

pimento cheese poppers

I have a little disclaimer for you. This recipe uses my pimento cheese recipe that I shared last week. While I’m rarely particular in what exactly you use in recipes, I highly suggest using my recipe because I know EXACTLY how it will work. Some store bought pimento cheese is delicious, but without knowing the exact consistency, I can’t promise you that these poppers will work. If the pimento cheese is creamier and more mayo-based, these will fall apart as they fry and never work.

If you use my pimento cheese recipe, it is guaranteed to work! 

pimento cheese poppers with jalapeño ranch

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get to it.

So, I had fried goat cheese on my mind. You know? The wonderful, golden disk of fried cheese that tastes amazing with honey or on a salad? Yes, it was all I could think about.

Except I didn’t have goat cheese. I did have a batch of my pimento cheese in the fridge and figured it HAD to work. 

I love crispy goat cheese so much and could only imagine how good crispy pimento cheese would be. 

Thankfully, I was right. YESSSSSS.

pimento cheese poppers with jalapeño ranch

This recipe is simple, but there are some moving parts. Of course, you need to make the pimento cheese. You also need to roll it into balls and freeze it for a half hour or so. And yes, I do fry it in a bit of oil. You can most likely use the air fryer too. I didn’t test it out, but I have tried goat cheese in the air fryer before and include some instructions below based on that. Winning all around!

pimento cheese poppers with jalapeño ranch

Now what to do with the pimento poppers? Well, you could serve with them a simple honey drizzle. We put the leftovers on a salad and they were INCREDIBLE. I’m talking, so so good. 

Or, you could make this jalapeño ranch! 

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Roasted Broccoli Pimento Cheddar Melts.

These roasted broccoli pimento cheese melts are a lovely little lunch or snack! Toasted sourdough, melty pimento cheese and charred broccoli come together to make the most perfect cheesy, crunchy toast. We love them! These pimento cheese melts are the way to my heart!  They are embarrassingly easy and incredibly delicious. So simple, yet pack […]

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These roasted broccoli pimento cheese melts are a lovely little lunch or snack! Toasted sourdough, melty pimento cheese and charred broccoli come together to make the most perfect cheesy, crunchy toast. We love them!

These pimento cheese melts are the way to my heart! 

roasted broccoli pimento cheese melts

They are embarrassingly easy and incredibly delicious. So simple, yet pack a big punch.

A big lunch punch?!

Okay I’ll stop. They must find their way into your kitchen this week!

broccoli ready to roast

Last week, I promised you something fantastic with that pimento cheese recipe. And here is number one. A toasty sourdough, charred broccoli, melty, cheesy toast that will brighten your day. It can be a toast or even a crostini bite on little baguette slices. 

pimento cheese

If you find yourself with a plethora of pimento cheese… you have got to use it to make these wonderful melts! Sure, I’ve made pimento cheese grilled cheese before. And it’s super good. Very decadent and melty and wonderful. 

But if you want something slightly simpler and if you want to incorporate a little of that classic broccoli cheddar flavor, this melt will be your new BFF.

Make it into a sandwich, keep it open-faced – whatever you desire!

roasted broccoli pimento cheese melts out of the oven

It’s no secret what a fan of roasted broccoli we are in this house. I’ll spare you the ramble of “I just don’t know how it’s possible….” considering I loathed the sight of broccoli a few years ago. But it’s such a staple for us now – and if there is cheddar or any form of cheese involved?

HELLO I am so there.

roasted broccoli pimento cheese melts

First, we have all sorts of delish flavor going on here. Charred, roasted broccoli. Chewy yet toasted sourdough. All the savory, salty cheesy goodness. It’s a combination that cannot be beat.

Next, we have tons of texture too. The toast! The roasted broccoli! And the the gooey melty cheese. 

It’s an actual treat for your tastebuds.

roasted broccoli pimento cheese melts

As simple as it may be, it’s such a satisfying little meal. Pair it with a good greens salad or even an extra side of roasted broccoli. It’s filling, tastes wonderful and so super easy to throw together. (more…)

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25 Recipes for Kentucky Derby Weekend!

These are my top 25 favorite (crazy, I know, haha) kentucky derby recipes – all ones that we love so much! Like pimento cheese, mint juleps and a strawberry rose tart just for the Run for the Roses! You can’t go wrong here and can create your own little snacking spread for the race in […]

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These are my top 25 favorite (crazy, I know, haha) kentucky derby recipes – all ones that we love so much! Like pimento cheese, mint juleps and a strawberry rose tart just for the Run for the Roses! You can’t go wrong here and can create your own little snacking spread for the race in May!

Woohoo! Today I’m sharing a bunch of my favorite Kentucky Derby recipes in anticipation of the race next weekend.

25 recipes for kentucky derby weekend!

We love watching The Kentucky Derby and if you’ve been reading forever, then you know Eddie is a huge fan. It might just be his favorite day of the entire year.

I love that we can make a few fun snacks at home and enjoy them for the entire minute or so when the race happens. Ha! No, but really, it’s a fun little micro-holiday (as I like to call them) that we get weirdly excited for and enjoy.

And! If you have a copy of The Pretty Dish, then you know that I have a full derby day menu in there! Super fun with lots of snacks. But I have lots of recipes here on the blog too, so I wanted to share in case you’re partaking in the celebration next Saturday, May 1.

See below for all the goodness! And let me know if you’re making anything fun and delish?

25 Kentucky Derby Recipes

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Our Favorite Pimento Cheese.

This is our favorite pimento cheese recipe ever! Finally in one place for you. My pimento cheese is partially whipped and has so much ridiculously flavor. Perfect for dipping or melting in a grilled cheese. Eeeep!  Oh how I love this wonderful spread! And I’m finally putting my favorite pimento cheese recipe in one place […]

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This is our favorite pimento cheese recipe ever! Finally in one place for you. My pimento cheese is partially whipped and has so much ridiculously flavor. Perfect for dipping or melting in a grilled cheese. Eeeep! 

Oh how I love this wonderful spread!

our favorite pimento cheese

And I’m finally putting my favorite pimento cheese recipe in one place for you!

Over the years, ever since we got into pimento cheese (it was fairly recently, haha – you may remember!), I’ve linked back to one of my random recipes that includes pimento cheese. But you end up having to search for it in the recipe. So here we go! It’s here, in one place. The best of the best. 

cream cheese, cheddar, mayo, pimentos, spices

This is our absolute favorite favorite favorite pimento cheese recipe. Now, of course I do love a version with bacon. Or with candied jalapeños. I love to fancify in a few different ways. But this is our base. This is the base that I make and everyone loves – and then if I want to trash it up somehow, I go from here. 

What I love most about this is that it’s sort of… whipped. And the way I discovered how much we love that?

By complete accident. 

our favorite pimento cheese

For the last few years I’ve made similar versions of this and just mixed all the ingredients together in a bowl until combined. Occasionally, I use a hand mixer. It never looks gorgeous or appetizing or anything, but it tastes like heaven. And the key is that it’s combined, that’s all we really need.

Then one day, I forgot how to make it and thought I threw the ingredients in the food processor to blend. Ummm… I normally do not. But that is how this wonderful whipped version of pimento cheese was born! 

It’s not fully whipped. I like to keep some of the cheddar out, then fold it into the whipped consistency to keep that classic pimento dip texture. But it’s more whipped than it would be if you just stirred everything together in a bowl. And it is freaking delish! You can see me make it on instagram stories today for a step-by-step.

our favorite pimento cheese

I always love to make recipes using this around kentucky derby time and this year is no different!

I have a few recipes coming up in the next ten days using this pimento cheese, so you might want to make a batch and just stick it in your fridge right now. Swear you won’t regret it! 

our favorite pimento cheese with crackers

If you are new to pimento cheese, it’s amazing served with pretzels or crackers. Basically anything crunchy. Carrots and celery too, if you want to get into the whole veggie thing. It’s so good on a cheeseboard, but also amazing served alone with the dippers. It’s a great thing to have in the fridge if you’re feeling snack too!

Of course, if you’re looking for something to do with extra pimento cheese, I’m your girl. I’ve made cheeseburgers, crispy chicken tacos with pimento cheese, crostini, pimento grilled cheese with pickle slaw, flatbread, grits, chicken quesadillas and chicken salad.

I KNOW. It’s insane. So many options!

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Woodford Reserve’s Kentucky Derby Cocktail

This post is sponsored by Woodford Reserve. All thoughts and opinions are my own.  If you’re hosting a Kentucky Derby party, we’re sharing the best Woodford Reserve cocktail to make, along with charming, easy decor! We have always been fascinated …

This post is sponsored by Woodford Reserve. All thoughts and opinions are my own.  If you’re hosting a Kentucky Derby party, we’re sharing the best Woodford Reserve cocktail to make, along with charming, easy decor! We have always been fascinated by the Kentucky Derby, which dates back to 1875! It’s the longest running sports event […]

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