May 1 kicks off the 141st Kentucky Derby ! Watching the horse race is a great excuse to host a party and an even better excuse to enjoy some delicious Southern cuisine. Doesn't drinking a mint julep and nibbling on pimento-cheese-topped biscuits sound like an ideal way to spend a Spring afternoon? If you're ready to take a culinary trip (without the airline ticket), browse the best of our Southern recipes now.
In classic Derby style, serve guests a refreshing mint julep  made with your Kentucky bourbon of choice.
Carriage House Biscuits
You don't have to make a trip to The Carriage House  in Natchez, MS, to enjoy these buttery short biscuits.
Combine sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts, and herbs, and you've got one heck of a filling for stuffed mushrooms .
Whiskey Bundt Cake
With its butterscotch flavor, we have a feeling this whiskey bundt cake  won't last long.
No Southern party is complete without spinach-artichoke dip . This one comes together in five minutes!
Peppery Ranch Cheese Ball
Every Southern party and occasion calls for an herby cream cheese ball  rolled in spices, nuts, or dried fruit.
There's something nostalgic and comforting about lemon bars , especially when topped with plenty of powdered sugar.
Pepper Jelly on Cream Cheese
Spread addictive, spicy-sweet pepper jelly  and cream cheese on water crackers.
Pimento Cheese and Prosciutto Biscuits
One bite of these stunning pimento cheese and prosciutto biscuits , and you'll be obsessing over them just like we are.
Bourbon Milk Punch
This slushy bourbon milk punch  is made of exactly what it sounds like — try it for a taste of the true South.