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Hot Brown Recipe - Turkey Sandwich with Cheese Sauce


Kentucky Hot Brown

Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwich

Photo: Diana Rattray

A Kentucky tradition, the Hot Brown Sandwich was created in 1926 in Louisville, Kentucky, by Fred Schmidt at the Brown Hotel. It's an open faced sandwich and was originally created as an alternative to late night ham and egg suppers.

This recipe is a typical Hot Brown


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup grated sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 pound cooked turkey, thinly sliced
  • 8 slices toast, crusts trimmed
  • 4 slices tomato
  • 8 strips bacon, cooked
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese


Melt butter in saucepan over medium-low; add flour and stir until smooth and bubbly. Add milk, salt, Worcestershire sauce, cheddar cheese, and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, until thick and bubbly.

Cut toast in half diagonally and place on a baking sheet (or use individual baking dishes). Arrange turkey slices on the toast and cover with hot cheese sauce. Top with tomato slices and bacon strips then sprinkle 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese over each sandwich. Place under broiler until hot and bubbly and lightly browned.

Serves 4.


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