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Kentucky Hot Borwn Sandwich

Authentic Kentucky Hot Brown

  • Author: Mike
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 2 hot browns 1x


Invented in Louisville at the Brown Hotel as a late night comfort food, this dish absolutely delivers.  Rich, cheesy and absolutely delicious! 



  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • 2 Tbsp all purpose flour
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1/2 cup Pecorino Romano cheese, plus another pinch for garnish
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg.
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 Tbsp fresh chopped parsley
  • 4 slices thick cut white bread
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 14 oz turkey breast
  • 4 sliced tomato


  1. Preheat oven to 400° and line a baking sheet with aluminum file.  Lay bacon flat on sheet and cook 8 minutes, then flip and cook 8 minutes more.  Remove to plate with paper towel and set aside.
  2. Heat a small saucepan over medium heat.  Drop in butter and allow to foam.  Add flour and mix in with a rubber spatula.  Cook for three minutes.  Then, pour in half and half 1/4 cup a at time, stirring in after every pour.  Add salt, pepper, paprika and nutmeg and cook 3 minutes while stirring, until smooth.  Remove from heat and stir in cheese.  Set aside.
  3. Cut crust off thick sliced white bread and toast to golden brown in toaster.  Slice turkey into 1/2 inch thick slices.  Turn broiler on to high.
  4. In a small cast iron pan, place down one slice of toast, then top with a portion of turkey breast.  Top with two slices of tomato, then spoon over with cheesy mornay sauce.  Place in oven and broil from 2-4 minutes, until cheese just begins to brown.
  5. Remove from oven.  Top each with two strips of bacon with sprinkle parsley overtop.  Cut second slice of toast diagonally and place on each side of hot brown.  Sprinkle with extra cheese overtop and serve hot!
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Broil
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Kentucky Derby Food, Comfort Food, Turkey Sandwich

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