Kentucky Hot Brown

Kentucky Hot Brown


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A Hot Brown Sandwich is sometimes known as a Louisville or Kentucky Hot Brown. It is an American hot sandwich originally created at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. This sandwich is an open-faced sandwich that consists of crispy bread, turkey and bacon, and Mornay sauce.

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Time needed

15 min preparation + 25 min cooking

Serving Size / Yield

6 servings


  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of salted butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups of heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup of Pecorino Romano cheese, shredded + extra for garnish
  • A pinch of ground nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper
  • 14 oz. sliced roasted turkey breast
  • 4 slices of Texas toast, crusts cut off
  • 4 slices of bacon
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, sliced in half
  • Paprika
  • Parsley

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In a two-quart saucepan, melt the butter and slowly whisk in the flour until everything is combined. The mixture should form a thick paste. Continue to cook the paste for 2 minutes over medium-low heat and make sure to stir frequently.
Then, whisk the heavy cream into the mixture and cook over medium heat until the cream begins to simmer, about 2-3 minutes. Remove the sauce from the heat and slowly whisk in the cheese until the sauce is smooth. Add nutmeg, salt and pepper to taste.
For each Hot Brown, put one slice of toast in an oven safe dish and cover with a 7 oz. turkey. Take the two halves of the tomato and two toast points and set them next to the base of turkey and toast. Pour half of the sauce over the dish. The sauce should be covering it. Add additional cheese over the hot brown. Place the dish under a broiler until the cheese begins to brown and bubble. Remove the dish and place two pieces of bacon on top of the hot brown. Sprinkle with paprika and parsley and serve immediately.

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