Derby Day Party Recipes

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – The Kentucky Derby is this weekend and Chef Brad Hagler of Savor Southern Kitchen has joined Bill Murray in the WECT kitchen to share some of his favorite recipes for a big Kentucky Derby Day party. .

Hagler presented a miniature version of Kentucky Hot Browns from The Brown Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. Hagler said these open turkey sandwiches with tomatoes and bechamel sauce are also known as the Kentucky state sandwich.

Its spicy chili dip is a great accompaniment to your favorite crackers, and Hagler says you can enjoy it with your favorite pecan pie. Hagler’s Kentucky Derby Pecan Pies contain chocolate as well as bourbon.

The 148th Kentucky Derby takes place this Saturday, and WECT offers comprehensive coverage of the world’s most famous horse race. Publication time is 6:57 p.m. Saturday.


Pie Derby


Sugar – 1/2 cup

Dark brown sugar – 1/4 cup

Light brown sugar – 1/4 cup

Corn syrup (light) – 1 1/2 cups

Butter – 1/4 cup

Vanilla – 1.5 tsp

Chopped pecans – 1 1/2 cups

Bourbon – 1/4 cup

Chocolate chips – 1/2 cup

Eggs – 4

9 inch pie shell – 1


1) Boil sugars and corn syrup together for 2 minutes, cool slightly.

2) In another bowl, whisk the eggs and slowly add them to the sugar mixture.

3) Add the bourbon, vanilla, pecan nuts and chocolate chips and mix well.

4) Pour the pie shell.

5) Bake at 350 degrees (F) for 35-45 minutes.

Warm Kentucky Brown

Makes 2 sandwiches, cut into 1/4 pieces for mini portions.


For the bechamel sauce (or use a high quality alfredo sauce):

Heavy cream – 1 1/2 cups

Whole milk – 1/2 cup

Pecorino Romano cheese – 1/2 cup (1 tbsp for garnish)

Nutmeg – pinch

Salt and pepper – to taste

For sandwiches:

Sliced ​​Turkey Breast – 12 oz.

Texas toast – 4 slices

Bacon – 4 slices

Roma tomatoes – 8 slices


1) In a saucepan, melt the butter and slowly incorporate the flour.

2) Continue whisking over low/medium heat to froth the roux.

3) Whip the heavy cream and milk for 2/3 minutes until the cream begins to simmer, then remove from the heat.

4) Whisk the Pecorino cheese until smooth, then add the nutmeg, salt and pepper.

5) Toast the bread.

6) Top each with 6 oz. turkey and 4 slices of Roma tomatoes.

7) Pour sauce over then broil until cheese begins to brown and bubble.

8) Top with 2 slices of bacon and garnish with Pecorino.

chilli cheese


Old grated cheddar – 8 cups

Mayonnaise – 3/4 cups

Dijon mustard – 2.5 tbsp

Roasted red peppers – 1 long or 2 small

Texas Pete – 2 teaspoons

Worcestershire sauce – 1/8 cup

Granulated garlic – 1.5 tsp

Onion powder – 1 tbsp

Black pepper – 1 teaspoon


1) Mix well.

2) Refrigerate if not serving immediately.

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