Derby Day Grilled Sandwiches

Derby Day Grilled Sandwiches

I’ve done the smoky pecan mint julep for Derby Day; now it’s time to have a bit to eat. The Kentucky Derby is only 2 minutes long, there’s no need to go hungry, right? My solution is to have smaller sandwiches that can easily be eaten, while also enjoying the smoky pecan mint julep, during the race.

I have no idea why, but Derby Day always brings to mind cucumber sandwiches on Pepperidge Farm pumpernickel party loaf bread. And often with slaw dressing. I may be way off of the traditions, but I want these little sandwiches every Derby.

So I was trying to think how to do these on the grill, because they’re typically not grilled. I came up with the idea of grilling the bread, then making the sandwiches… Seemed like a great plan to me!

Grilling bread

I spread a bit of goat cheese on each slide of bread first, instead of the more unhealthy slaw dressing, and put the bread, cheese side up, on the grill for about 45 seconds, or just until the bread started smelling toasted. I didn’t want to char it, but I wanted to impart a grilled aspect.

Making Derby Sandwiches

Take the bread off the grill, I added raw cucumber to some, olive tapenade to others and a muffuletta mixture to others. The sandwiches were put together, and served with a smoky pecan mint julep.


The verdict? They’re still small and fairly light, but work very well with the toasted bread with goat cheese! This will remain part of my Derby Day for a while!

About Curt McAdams

I guess I'm a bit of a foodie, learning to cook from my mom, then getting obsessed with outdoor cooking, competition barbecue, bread baking and just about all things food. Lately, I've been trying to upgrade my photography skills a bit, though I still have a long way to go.

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