Kentucky Hot Brown
Food and Drink

Kentucky Hot Brown

"Hot brown sandwiches are open-faced hot turkey sandwiches with bacon that are the signature dish of one of the Brown Hotel in Louisville."

Serves 4 to 6


1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup flour

3 to 3 1/2 cups milk

1 beaten egg

6 tablespoons Parmesan cheese

2 tablespoons whipped cream

Salt and pepper to taste

Slices of roast turkey

8 to 12 slices toast (trimmed of crusts)

8 to 12 slices cooked bacon

Melt butter and add flour, stirring with a whisk or spoon to make a thick roux. Add milk gradually and whisk to blend completely before adding more. As the sauce thins you can add milk more quickly. Bring to a boil.

Beat a little of the hot mixture with the egg. Remove sauce from heat and beat in the egg mixture. Add cheese and stir. Fold in whipped cream. Season to taste.

For each Hot Brown, place 2 slices of toast on a flameproof dish. Cover with a liberal amount of turkey. Pour a generous amount of sauce over the turkey and broil about 6 inches from the heat until the cheese sauce begins to bubble.

Sprinkle with additional Parmesan cheese. Place dish under broiler until sauce is speckled brown and bubbly. Remove from broiler and top with 2 pieces of bacon. Garnish with tomato slices, if desired.