Kentucky Hot Brown Recipe -
Kentucky Hot Brown Recipe
  • READY IN 40 mins

Kentucky Hot Brown

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"If you're a southern belle or gentleman at heart you have to try this one! Hot turkey over hot toast and smothered in a buttery sauce. There are two things Kentucky does right--horse racing and the hot brown. This is also great for Thanksgiving leftovers!"

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Original recipe makes 4 Hot Browns Change Servings
  • PREP

    25 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    40 mins


  1. In a large skillet, melt 1/2 cup butter over medium heat. Stir in enough flour to absorb all of the butter. Slowly whisk in the milk, and 6 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese. Stir in the egg to thicken the sauce, but do not allow to boil. Remove from heat, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Heat remaining tablespoon of butter in a small skillet. Saute mushrooms in the butter until soft. Set aside.
  3. Preheat your oven's broiler. For each Hot Brown, place two slices of toast onto a heatproof plate or dish. Cover the toast with about 1/4 cup sauteed mushrooms and a couple of tomato slices. Place a liberal amount of turkey onto each Hot Brown, and pour an even more liberal amount of sauce over. Smother that baby. Sprinkle remaining Parmesan cheese over the top. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
  4. Place the entire dish under the broiler until the sauce is speckled brown and bubbly. Remove from broiler, criss-cross two slices of bacon on top, and serve!
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 06, 2003

Yum! I haven't had this in years and was so happy to find it here. I did revise a little to make it how I was familiar with it. Instead of individual sandwiches I made it into a casserole by layering the bread, turkey, sauce, bacon, tomato, more sauce and finally some parmesean cheese. The bread was a little soggy so next time I will toast it more before and I didn't add mushrooms, I can't stand them. Oh yeah, I added about 1/2 c. of cheddar to the sauce as well. Thanks again for the recipe!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 06, 2011

just not for our family..i won't say anything bad about the recipe it isn't just for us. :)

Oct 23, 2004

Kentucky lady approved! Here in Kentucky, we eat this often. It is great for holiday leftovers or you could get some turkey sliced thick from the deli. Either way, it is delicious. Also, if you have ham, sometimes we throw them both in. This recipe was on target, but I must say I have never had it with mushrooms, so I did not include them when I made this recipe. The cheese sauce was good, but I will add that you don't necessarily have to use parmesan cheese. Here in Kentucky, we use whatever we have on hand. Suprisingly, Velveeta works great in this recipe. However, if you use Velveeta, don't tell anyone because it cuts down on the classiness of the dish. lol

Nov 27, 2006

As a Kentuckian, I've eaten many a Hot Brown. This is my first attempt to make one at home, and we really enjoyed it. Quick and easy. I did cut back on the bread, broke the toast in pieces, used diced tomatoes, crumbled the bacon, and made it casserole style. My husband said he'd never cared much for Hot Browns, but really like this version. We'll definitely use this one again.

Dec 06, 2003

This was my favorite lunch @ The Brown Hotel in Louisville when I lived there in the '60's. I remember it with a Chedder Sauce, so that is the way I made it. I also remember the tomato was brioled with olive oil, basil and parmesan cheese and served on the side at the Hotel...this was my favorite 'after turkey day' meal for years. My Grandaughter called and asked me what the left over turkey sandwich was with the cheese and bacon on top...She wanted to make it. This is a great dish...impressive, too,from leftovers!

Dec 06, 2003

We loved this dish!! I used cheddar cheese rather than parmesan for the sauce, and I omitted the egg, and then topped each sandwich with shredded mozzarella before placing under the broiler and they were GREAT!! My husband absolutely LOVED them and he is incredibly picky about his food. This will be made again and again!!

May 04, 2007

the original recipe calls for a little cream to be added and doesn't have mushrooms.

Jul 23, 2007

Well, I've never made or even had a Kentucky Hot Brown before, but because it looked intriguing, I've had this in my recipe box for quite awhile and just kept forgetting about it. Last night I watched Bobby Flay's "Throw Down" show and was immediately reminded. As a matter of fact "Downalong", the Brown Hotel you referred to in your review was Bobby's challenge. Although I took one tip from Bobby which was to do the bread French toast style and the hotel boys cheddar sauce, I followed your recipe to a "T". I knew my girls would love this dish, but I wasn't quite as sure about hubby as he's not so into the whole cheese sauce thing. Kristie, I'm so thrilled to tell you that hubs absolutely LOVED your recipe!! I think it's so cool serving a dish that one of our States and/or Countries around the world are so famous for. Thanks Kristie for allowing the rest of us a taste of the Derby!!


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  • Calories
  • 1081 kcal
  • 54%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 46.6 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol
  • 290 mg
  • 97%
  • Fat
  • 65.6 g
  • 101%
  • Fiber
  • 2.2 g
  • 9%
  • Protein
  • 73.4 g
  • 147%
  • Sodium
  • 2203 mg
  • 88%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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