Kentucky Derby Party Pimento Cheese Appetizer

Kentucky Derby is a nationally known event that happens once a year.

It is held in Kentucky, at Churchhill Downs.

This race is also known as "The Run For The Roses".

Every year at this time, most people that do not attend the Derby in person will host a Derby Party at their home.

A fun time to get together and enjoy the race.

If you are looking for ideas on what to add to your Derby Party menu, try this delicious and easy Pimento Cheese Appetizer.

A picture of Homemade Pimento cheese spread

A Little History

The Kentucky Derby is a horse race that is done at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.

It is held on the first Saturday in May every year.

It is a race performed by Thoroughbreds spanning a distance of one and a quarter mile.

The very first derby was performed at Churchill Downs on May 17, 1875.

10,000 people attended and watched the very first derby race.

A picture of Churchill Downs, Cathedral

How It All Began

Meriwether Lewis Clark, Jr. was the grandson of General William Clark, from the Lewis and Clark expedition.

He was the son of Meriwether Lewis Clark, Sr. and Abigail Prather Churchill.

His mother Abigail was from one of the very first families in Kentucky.

Moving to Lousiville is 1787, they purchased 300 acres of land south of the city.

Meriwether Jr later lived with his aunt and uncle after his mother passed. His aunt and uncle donated the land in which Churchill Downs was built.

A picture of Meriwether Lewis Clark, Jr.


Growing up in Kentucky myself, I am very familiar with the Kentucky Derby.

It is a celebrated event in my family. My father frequently visits Churchill Downs to watch horse racing.

Every year we have a derby party.

There is always a spread of food and friends and family will come and we have a great time betting on the horses and enjoying the food.

Now that I am a mother I am carrying on the tradition in my home and I now host my own derby party.

This recipe is one I have on my table every year and it always is one of the first things to go.

A picture of homemade Pimento cheese spread in a bowl

Fast and Easy

On my table for a derby party, I have a nice spread.

It can be time-consuming when you are hosting an event and have to do all the cooking.

I have bbq and spicy hot wings, deviled eggs, Italian pasta salad, along with some extra pick foods.

This recipe is also on my table. It takes no time at all to make and is made from very simple ingredients.

There is no cooking involved here. Just chill it and serve. Easy!

A picture of simple ingredients for Homemade pimento cheese recipe


1/3 cup of Mayonnaise
1 1/2 tsp of Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 tsp of Apple Cider vinegar
1 tsp of ground mustard
1 tsp of sugar
1/2 tsp of ground black pepper
1 1/2 Tbsp of diced scallions
1 (8 oz) jar of pimentos
16 oz of shredded sharp cheddar cheese


1. In a large bowl, mix together mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, ground mustard, sugar, scallions, and black pepper until smooth.

2. Add the pimentos and the cheese and fold into sauce mix.

3. Cover and chill for 1 hour.

4. Serve with your favorite crackers or pita chips.

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