The Ultimate Make-Ahead Derby Party Menu
Cool Ranch Kale Dip
Pimiento Cheese with Salt-and-Pepper Butter Crackers
You can’t have a derby party without pimiento cheese. I just won’t allow it. This classic version from Carla Hall is made in the food processor and can be refrigerated up to one week in advance. While the butter crackers are highly recommended, use store-bought saltines and celery sticks if you’re tight on time.
Deviled Eggs with Pickled Shrimp
These gorgeous deviled eggs with pickled shrimp are impressive crowd pleasers. The pickled shrimp and hard-boiled eggs can be made a few days in advance. The day before your party, clean your egg whites and make the filling. Refrigerate overnight in a pastry bag (for easy—and super fancy—filling) or in a Tupperware container with a piece of plastic wrap pressed directly on the surface. Give the filling a quick mix before filling the eggs.
Cold Fried Chicken
This crunchy slaw is the perfect fresh accompaniment to the fried chicken and biscuits. Bonus: Those leftover broccoli stems don’t go to waste! Shred your vegetables and mix your dressing a few days in advance and store separately. Right before your guests arrive, toss the slaw with the dressing and fold in the scallions, cilantro and sunflower seeds.