Dust off your Seersucker suit, your favorite bow tie, and ladies, don’t forget your over the top hat, it’s Kentucky Derby weekend. The Kentucky Derby is a southern tradition, celebrating the running of the thoroughbreds,reaching back to 1875. A classic parade of southern culture, style and Kentucky cuisine. It’s always a great occasion to muddle some fresh mint and yell for your favorite horse and jockey.
What is more traditional than to prepare mint juleps and a nice big slice of derby day pie? My secret is to combine both, a Bourbon Derby Day Pie with Mint Julep Whipped Cream. A beautiful slice of Southern food, for a classic Southern weekend tradition. Stay Hungry Y’all !
-The Hungry Southerner
Bourbon Derby Day Pie
- 1 uncooked pie crust (freezer section)
- 1 cup sugar + 2 tablespoons
- 1/2 cup flour
- 2 eggs beaten (don’t over beat)
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 stick unsalted melted butter
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 1 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Splash of good bourbon
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Mix the dry ingredients (flour and sugar). Then combine the rest of the ingredients with the dry ingredients to form the pie filling. Pour the filling into the pie crust and bake for about 1 hr or until center of the pie sets. Let cool and serve with Mint Julep Whipped Cream.
Mint Julep Whipped Cream
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1/4 cup sugar
- splash of good bourbon
- 5 mint leaves
Mix the bourbon and mint with 1 tablespoon of sugar and muddle until mint is pulverized. Then mix the rest of the sugar and heavy cream into a cold bowl. Strain bourbon in with the other ingredients. Whip with a hand mixer until soft peaks form . Serve with pie and enjoy!
NOTE: Derby Pie is a trademark of Kern’s Kitchen, which is a little crazy if you think about it, kind of like trying to trademark Red Velvet Cake or Pecan Pie…it is what it is though!