Talk Derby to me

Thank God I’m a Kentucky girl! We are truly blessed to be raised in the hollers and mountains of the bluegrass state. Home of bluegrass, bourbon, basketball, and oh yeah, that fancy horse race known as the Kentucky Derby!

There are quite a few derby dishes that come to mind such as derby pie, the iconic hot brown, or the mint julep. There is something so fancy about watching big, gawdy hats and a minty drink served in a silver cup parading about amidst the background of beautifully muscled thoroughbreds.

If you’re excited about the fastest two minutes in racing this Saturday, and want to serve some derby fare, this recipe is for you! It’s my mom’s classic Kentucky Derby Pie. I know I’ll be wearing my hat and enjoying the races from my couch.    If you have a great recipe you would like to share, email

Kentucky Derby Pie


1/4 c. Butter
1 c. White sugar
3 beaten eggs
3/4 c corn syrup
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 c. Chopped pecans
1/2 c. Semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tbsp bourbon (optional)
Unbaked pie shell

Cream butter and sugar together;  add eggs, syrup, salt, and vanilla. Stir in chocolate chips, nuts, and bourbon.  Pour into unbaked pie shell and bake at 375° for 40-50 minutes,  cool, and serve with a dollop of whip cream if desired.

*Photo from Google images.