The perfect Kentucky Derby menu starts with this winning recipe

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The perfect Kentucky Derby menu starts with this winning recipe.

This year’s Running of the Roses may look a little different, but the perfect Kentucky Derby menu secures a huge victory with this winning recipe. Start sipping that mint julep and prepare for a tasty feast.

Ahead of the 146 Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs is preparing for slightly different Running of the Roses experience. While the horses will be racing to victory, the annual celebration will have a slightly different feel. Even though the signature mint juleps will always be flowing, the Kentucky Derby menu has a slightly different twist.

While fashion is always on parade at the Kentucky Derby, the food options are equally spectacular. Executive Chef David Danielson curated a wide array of local favorites that highlight traditional flavors, although some have a slight twist. These recipes are perfect to create an at-home menu for both race day and beyond.

New for this year, Churchill Downs had a search for the first-ever Official Menu Taste Tester. The contest asked for recipe creators to submit an original Derby recipe.

The special winning recipe was an Edamame Succotash with Mint Vinaigrette. The recipe blends Kentucky roots, classic Derby flavors and a modern twist. Additionally, the recipe is easy for the home cook to prepare.

While succotash is often made with lima beans, this version with edamame offers a fusion twist. The combination of corn and edamame brings new life to the classic dish.

With the addition of a mint vinaigrette, the flavors build off the iconic Mint Julep. Given the September racing date, the brightness of the mint with the sweetness of the corn and the heartiness of the edamame, this dish should be both light yet filling. Overall, this dish could become a Derby tradition.

This winning recipe is just one of the many dishes on the Kentucky Derby menu. The Churchill Downs website has all types of options for creating the perfect party. From cocktails to hats, your living room can be transformed into your own Kentucky home.

The 146 Kentucky Derby will be held on Saturday, September 5.

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Will you be throwing a Kentucky Derby party? What will be on your menu?