Recipe: Kentucky Hot Browns

As I was looking through my files of saved recipes for the Kentucky Derby… I made a note to include this wonderful recipe for Kentucky Hot Browns…

So just what is a Kentucky Hot Brown… or Hot Brown?…. Click over to my post about the History of the Hot Brown to find out all about it and the Famous Hotel it is named for.

I actually made the original recipe… I found it quite rich and way too filling… so I adapted the recipe a bit to tone down the richness…. If you prefer all the heavy cream and the huge pile of turkey… by all means… go to The Brown Hotel’s website for the original recipe.


I made the bacon in the oven … as I love to do… here is the post if you need instructions on How to Make Bacon in the Oven.

I made the sauce using whole milk instead of cream… I also made less of it for the sandwiches…

I used about half of the turkey they used… the original recipe calls for 7 ounces per sandwich… I didn’t list a quantity in the recipe… use as much or as little as you like.

The original recipe uses “Texas Toast”… all Texas toast is … is an extra thick slice of bread (about double the thickness of normal sandwich bread)… so I took two slices of normal white sandwich bread and stacked them.

This sandwich can definitely be prepped and the sauce made ahead… and just popped under the broiler at the last minute… a very easy sandwich to make for quests.

This recipe makes four servings.

I hope you try this outstanding sandwich!

Recipe: Kentucky Hot Browns

All you need:

2 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons butter
2 cups whole milk
½ cup Pecorino Romano cheese,divided
Salt and Pepper to taste
Sliced Roast Turkey Breast
8 slices white sandwich bread or 4 slices Texas Toast, crusts removed
8 slices bacon, cooked crispy
4 Roma tomatoes, sliced in half
Sprinkling of paprika
Chopped fresh parsley for garnish

All you need to do:

Cook the bacon until crispy. Set aside.

Preheat the oven set to broil.

In a medium size saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.

Add the flour and cook for about two minutes, stirring constantly (you want the flour taste to cook off).

Add the milk, whisking vigorously until all lumps are out and mixture has thickened and is smooth.

Add ¼ cup of cheese and stir until the cheese has melted… remove from the heat and add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

Remove the crusts from the bread (2 slices of regular sandwich bread or 1 slice Texas Toast).

Place bread in an oven safe dishes (individual dishes for each person).
Put the desired amount of turkey on the bread.

Place ½ of a Roma tomato on either side of the bread and turkey.

Spoon sauce over each sandwich.

Sprinkle each sandwich with a little cheese (make sure you save some for garnish.. see photo).

Place dishes under broiler until cheese begins to brown and bubble.

Remove from the broiler and cross two strips of bacon on each sandwich.

Sprinkle with paprika and chopped parsley.

Serve immediately.

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