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Original Hot Brown Recipe
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Original Hot Brown

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"This recipe originally came from the Brown Hotel in Louisville, KY. I have altered it based on how I have had it served in restaurants in Louisville. This is a good way to use leftover turkey from Thanksgiving and my husband looks forward to it every year."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    35 mins


  1. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour with a whisk or fork, and continue to cook and stir until it begins to brown slightly. Gradually whisk in the milk so that no lumps form, then bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Mix in 6 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese and then stir in the beaten egg to thicken. Do not allow the sauce to boil once the egg has been mixed in. Remove from the heat and stir in the cream.
  2. Preheat the oven's broiler. For each hot brown, place two slices of toast into the bottom of an individual sized casserole dish. Cover with a liberal amount of roasted turkey and tomato slices. Spoon sauce over the top of each one and sprinkle with some of the remaining Parmesan cheese.
  3. Place the dishes under the broiler and cook until the top is speckled brown, about 5 minutes. Remove from the broiler and arrange two slices of bacon in a cross shape on top of each sandwich. Serve immediately.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
May 25, 2010

This is for those who said the recipe is too bland. It's your own dang fault for not putting enough salt and pepper in it. I have an almost identical recipe and it calls for a teaspoon of salt and a dash of cayenne pepper.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 04, 2008

If you have never had one of these I would suggest thinking twice before going to all the trouble to make this. We love turkey and bacon together but did not like this at all. The sauce is far too thick and bland, we couldn't even taste the parmesan cheese. I took a few bites and then threw it away. I was asked to never make this again, not that I would want to.

Apr 06, 2009

I've done my own "america's test kitchen" for the Hot Brown and this recipe (with only one minor alteration) was the BEST! If you find the cheese sauce "bland" use fresh grated parmesan (it should be a little stinky) and ground pepper. It should be all you need. My only alteration? I like to put the tomato on TOP of the cheese sauce so it gets a bit broiled too. Then i add the bacon. It's a heart attack on a plate but it sure is good!

Apr 25, 2008

I never had the pleasure of eating one of these at the Brown, but my mom used to make them all the time. She always made a cheese sauch with cheddar cheese seasoned with paprika and sprinkled parmesean on top. She also used both ham and turkey. I make Mom's dish as a traditional Christmas dinner and instead of indivudal servings (a proper hot brown should be served on a heated ceramic dish!!) I bake it in a large glass casserole. Whether using Mom's recipe or this one, Hot Browns are one of my favorite meals!

Feb 23, 2008

Loved it! Open faced hot turkey sandwich with cheese gravy and crispy bacon...what's not to love? I left out the egg since it was already thickened and then added 3 tablespoons of heavy cream, just because if 2 is good, 3 is better and I was using 2% milk so compensating. I was heavy handed with the parmesan cheese in the sauce. I'll bet I used almost 1/2 cup worth. I used mesquite smoked turkey shaved (the sandwich meat kind) and it turned out great. My husband loves turkey sandwiches and he really enjoyed this dish too. Great comfort food, a keeper for sure! I can't believe I waited so long to try this winner, thanks!!!

Dec 10, 2007

My family and I live in Louisville, KY and absolutely love this recipe. This is exactly how hot brown is supposed to taste. Thank you.

May 09, 2011

I would give this more stars if I could. I will admit I used the recipe from the Brown Hotel and it called for pecorino-romano cheese (which I used a cup of) and didn't use an egg. Amazing sandwich.

May 04, 2010

These were very, very good....and VERY rich. I didn't have oven proof dishes large enough to lay 2 pieces of toast so we put one piece of toast, lots of oven roasted turkey, sliced tomato, cheese gravy, another slice of toast, more cheese gravy, freshly grated Parm, and bacon. Placed under the broiler util lightly browned. YUM! I did use about double the amount of Parm in the cheese sauce and a lot of pepper for a little more flavor. We will make these again next year for the Derby, and the year after that, and after that.... Thanks for sharing!


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  • Calories
  • 1044 kcal
  • 52%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 48 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol
  • 330 mg
  • 110%
  • Fat
  • 52.7 g
  • 81%
  • Fiber
  • 2 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 90 g
  • 180%
  • Sodium
  • 1247 mg
  • 50%

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

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