Nine Kentucky Derby-Inspired Recipes for Your Super Bowl Party

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The hot brown is a Kentucky favorite that can be made perfect for the Super Bowl. (Courtesy Shadle/Wikimedia Commons)

The Super Bowl is this Sunday, and if you’re planning to gather friends to watch the Patriots of New England do battle with Philadelphia’s Eagles, you may need a few recipes on hand to keep your guests strong for the big game. Great news, sports fans: If you’ve ever thrown a Kentucky Derby party, you’re already set for catering a Super Bowl bash. Below are some perfect Kentucky-inspired recipes that will delight your revelers this Sunday.

1. Mini Hot Browns

Celebrations at Home has a great recipe for a finger-food version of this decadent Kentucky dish. The combination of turkey, cheese sauce, biscuits, and bacon is the perfect treat for a chilly Super Bowl viewing party!

2. Bourbon Meatballs

Meatballs are a staple finger food for parties; but add a bourbon glaze with a little spice, and you have a recipe that’s twice as nice via The View from Great Island.

3. Gougères

Listen to what Ford Prefect said in “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” and don’t panic: Gougères is just the French word for cheese puffs. This beautiful hors d'oeuvre is deceptively simple to make, and it pairs as beautifully with Champagne at Derby time as it does with a craft beer for the Super Bowl.

4. Mini Mac ‘n’ Cheese

This is going to be a crowd-pleaser no matter what. Mac ‘n’ cheese you can hold in your hands? Yes, please! Let Food and Wine show you how it’s done.

5. Bacon Cheddar Biscuits

Every word in that description is right, isn’t it? Let Pure Wow show you how to make this simple treat that’s perfect for watching any sporting event.

6. Bourbon Balls

No one’s ever mad at bourbon balls. Plus, bourbon balls -> footballs -> symmetry. My Recipes has an easy and foolproof guide!

7. Hot Pimento Cheese Dip

It’s cheese dip, but it’s also so much more than just cheese dip. Make this for your Super Bowl party and it will disappear in no time.

8. Derby Pie Cookie Bars

Derby pie is amazing – amazing! – but it’s not really a finger food. Make the recipe Super Bowl-ready by turning it into a cookie bar as demonstrated by Half-Baked Harvest.

9. Mini Chicken and Waffles

Tiny chicken and waffles?!  No one will even pay attention to the game if you bring this Kentucky-fried goodness out. Tara's Multicultural Table has you covered.

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