Kentucky Hot Brown

Kentucky, famous for its horse races, burgoo, and bourbon, is also home to the classic American dish the Hot Brown sandwich. A hot, cheesy, open-faced turkey and bacon sandwich that sounds normal enough but will blow your mind.

kentucky hot browns

YIELD: Makes 2 sandwiches
ACTIVE TIME: 10 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 15 minutes


3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
1 pint heavy cream
3 ounces grated Pecorino Romano cheese
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 slices hearty toast
8 to 12 ounces roasted sliced turkey
4 slice thick cut bacon, cooked until crisp
1 tablespoon minced parsley leaves
Dash paprika
4 slices ripe tomato (optional, if in season)


1.  Preheat broiler or toaster oven to high. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add flour and whisk to combine. Continue to cook, whisking constantly until pale golden blond, about 1 minute. Slowly pour in heavy cream, whisking constantly. Bring to a simmer then remove from heat. Whisk in grated cheese, then season to taste with salt and pepper.

2.  Place 1 slice toast in the bottom of each gratin dish (or oven proof plate) and top each with half of the roasted turkey. Pour half the sauce over each sandwich, completely coating it. Place under broiler until spotty brown and bubbly, 2 to 3 minutes. Place 2 slices of bacon in a cross on top of each dish and sprinkle with parsley and paprika. Add 2 slices tomato to each dish if using. Serve immediately.

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