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Famous Kentucky Foods

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These Famous Kentucky Foods include hot brown sandwiches, spoon bread, burgoo stew, mint juleps, and beer cheese. These recipes are popular all over the state and showcase delicious foods that you’ll love!

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Kentucky is famous for the Kentucky Derby, a horse race, on the first Saturday in May every year. It’s also the home of bluegrass music, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and Louisville Slugger baseball bats. 

These 10 food categories include three recipes each from notable professional chefs and home chefs with the recipe testing and dish development done for you. All you need to do is enjoy the wonderful combinations that make these dishes uniquely Kentucky.

Hot Brown

This open-face sandwich has layers of toast, turkey, tomatoes, cheese sauce, and grated cheese. It is then broiled until the cheese is melted and golden brown. 

Spoon Bread

Spoon bread is a moist pound cake that needs to be scooped with a spoon in order to be served. 

 Benedictine Dip

This famous Kentucky spread is made with cucumbers, onions, mayo, cream cheese, and dill. It’s used for finger sandwiches or a dip for crackers or vegetables.  


This stew has origins stemming from the Civil War and were then made with wild game. Now it’s more commonly made with chicken, beef, and pork. It’s also made with onions, carrots, potatoes, corn, tomatoes, and lima beans. 

Derby Pie

This gooey pie is made with nuts, chocolate chips, flour, brown sugar, butter, bourbon, butter, and eggs. This famous Kentucky pie is baked in a pie crust and best when eaten warm. 

Rolled Oysters

Rolled oysters are oysters covered in breadcrumbs and seasonings and then fried. They are crispy little bites that are paired with a dipping sauce. 

Beer Cheese

This cheese sauce is made with beer, cheeses, and seasonings. It can be used as a dip for pretzels, chips, or vegetables. You can even eat it as a soup! 

Mint Julep

The Mint Julep is the official drink of the Kentucky Derby. It’s made with bourbon, mint, sugar, and crushed ice. 

Bread Pudding

Bread pudding is a baked dish made with day-old bread, eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla, and spices. It’s perfect for breakfast or dessert. 

Kentucky Bourbon Balls 

This famous Kentucky food are little balls are made with bourbon and are popular in the holidays. They are a no-bake dessert and are rolled in powdered sugar. 

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Nirmalya Mohanty

Friday 21st of January 2022

This blog is really helpful. Thanks for sharing