Decadent Kentucky Derby Dinner Recipes

August 29, 2020
Decadent Kentucky Derby Recipes: Hall's Beer Cheese Soup

Hey, y’all! There are traditional, classic recipes — and then there are Decadent Kentucky Derby Dinner Recipes, which are sure to be memorable for you + your loved ones. Southern food – and, on a more micro level, Kentucky food – is rich, filling, and chock-full of flavor; as such, I’m excited to share some new beer cheese recipes with Hall’s!

Hall's Beer Cheese

Beer Cheese is a Kentucky legacy — and Hall’s is the king of the pack. I have loved Hall’s for years and consider it to be one the very few “staples” of my weekly routine. I can easily go through 1-2 containers/week; while it’s delicious to just eat as a dip itself, it’s also extremely versatile to use in the construction of recipes. Today’s post is an exemplification of that, as it speaks to its versatility.

Kentucky Derby Dinner Recipes

Hall’s Beer Cheese Sauce

Need I say more? Well, I will: I’m going to show you how to purpose it three different ways! This is the perfect recipe to make for a Derby party, as it is multi-faceted and embodies Kentucky culture.

Hall's Beer Cheese

Hall's Beer Cheese Sauce


16 oz. (2 regular size containers) Hall’s Original Beer Cheese

16 oz. Half and Half

½ cup Diced Red Onions

½ cup Diced Green Peppers

5 oz. Chopped and Cooked Country Ham

5 slices of thick cut bacon

1 tablespoon Olive Oil


  1. Lightly sauté diced red onions and green peppers over medium heat with one tablespoon of Olive Oil. Reduce heat to low once vegetables begin to brown.
  2. Sauté bacon in separate pan and set aside to cool and then chop
  3. Add chopped country ham to sautéed onions and peppers and continue to stir on low heat.
  4. Slowly pour half and half into a saucepan with vegetables and chopped ham and stir mixture. Turn heat back up to medium and add in container of Hall’s Beer Cheese one tablespoon at a time while continuing to stir. Add in chopped bacon. Turn heat off when sauce begins to bubble.

Hall’s Beer Cheese Sauce – Three Ways

Hall’s Beer Cheese Nachos

Pour Hall’s Beer Cheese Sauce over a large platter of tortilla chips of your choosing. Top with your favorite nacho bar toppings. My recommendations? Jalapeños, fresh salsa, green onions, sour cream, and even some prepared pulled pork as a crowd pleaser!

Decadent Kentucky Derby Recipes: Hall's Beer Cheese Nachos

Hall’s Beer Cheese Mac-and-Cheese

Pour Hall’s Beer Cheese Sauce over a bowl of hot pasta noodles of your choosing and mix well. Serve with additional topping of crispy chopped bacon, breadcrumbs, and grated cheese.

Decadent Kentucky Derby Recipes: Hall's Beer Cheese Mac and Cheese

Hall’s Beer Cheese Soup

Ladle sauce into small soup bowls. If you prefer a thinner soup consistency than stir in a cup of chicken stock in the last step of the recipe for the sauce before bringing sauce to a bubble. Top soup bowls with additional crispy chopped bacon and fresh chives. Serve with toasted crostini or bread of your choosing.

Decadent Kentucky Derby Recipes: Hall's Beer Cheese Soup

The Flavor Profile

The unique flavor of Hall’s Beer Cheese begins with aged Wisconsin sharp cheddar cheese and finishes with a bit of spice that provides the “snap”. How to achieve the exact spiciness and texture of the beer cheese spread remains a secret — which adds to the allure of the brand.

Where To Buy

You can purchase Hall’s Beer Cheese in Kentucky at Kroger, Liquor Barn, and select Sam’s Club stores. The Hot and Benedictine varieties are available exclusively at Liquor Barn.

To visit the store locator, click here.

Not in Kentucky? Purchase online here!

JC Phelps Hall's Beer Cheese

About Hall’s Beer Cheese

As the name implies, it’s the combination of two of man’s most important achievements: beer and cheese. Add in savory spices and a little heat and you have The Original Hall’s Snappy Beer Cheese recipe developed in Central Kentucky more than half a century ago.

Kentucky has a unique culinary heritage of innovation that has produced some of the world’s most beloved flavors: Kentucky Fried Chicken, bourbon, and beer cheese. Legend has it that this unique snack was developed by Joe Allman for his cousin Johnny Allman to introduce in his various restaurants on the Kentucky River. Johnny allegedly lost one restaurant, along with his recipes, to Carl Johnson in a card game in the early 1960s. After Mr. Johnson passed away, George and Gertrude Hall acquired the restaurant and its recipes in 1965. Since that time, Hall’s On the River has been a mainstay in the Central Kentucky dining scene. 

Have a decadent + beer cheese-filled Derby!

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,


FTC: A thank you to both HBC for sponsoring this post + my readers for supporting those that make JCP Eats possible. All opinions expressed are my own.

JC Phelps Hall's Beer Cheese

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