Kentucky Hot Browns


Sometime, months ago, I was watching either the Travel Channel or the Food Network (I know, TOTALLY UNBELIEVEABLE, RIGHT?) and they were doing a Kentucky Derby thing. They showed Hot Browns and I about died right there. I immediately Googled them and put them on the “to eat” list. And finally, the day has come. I cannot see how this could possibly come out badly… especially since I am using the original recipe!

2 oz. Whole Butter
2 oz. All Purpose Flour
1 Qt. Heavy Cream
1/2 Cup Pecorino Romano Cheese, Plus 1 Tablespoon for Garnish
Salt & Pepper to Taste
14 oz. Sliced Roasted Turkey Breast
2 Slices of Texas Toast (Crust Trimmed)
4 slices of Crispy Bacon
2 Roma Tomatoes, Sliced in Half
Paprika, Parsley

In a two-quart saucepan, melt butter and slowly whisk in flour until combined and forms a thick paste (roux). Continue to cook roux for two minutes over medium-low heat, stirring frequently. Whisk whipping cream into the roux and cook over medium heat until the cream begins to simmer, about 2-3 minutes. Remove sauce from heat and slowly whisk in Pecorino Romano cheese until the Mornay sauce is smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste.

For each Hot Brown, place one slice of toast in an oven safe dish and cover with 7 ounces of turkey. Take the two halves of Roma tomato and set them alongside the base of turkey and toast. Next, pour one half of the Mornay sauce to completely cover the dish. Sprinkle with additional Pecorino Romano cheese. Place entire dish under a broiler until cheese begins to brown and bubble. Remove from broiler, cross two pieces of crispy bacon on top, sprinkle with paprika and parsley, and serve immediately.

PS- please forgive me for the totally unappetizing picture. Sigh.

  1. oh my gravy. OH. This was SO good.

    Only change…I’d crumble the bacon on top to make it easier to distribute evenly among EVERY.SINGLE. DELICIOUS.AND FATTENING.BITE.

    oh. So good. I’m having post-Thanksgiving sleepy time now.

  2. As a gal from Kentucky – I agree, this is something that everyone must try at least once. Certianly not too often or it’d cause us all some problems…but yes, a very tastey meal to have as a post thanksgiving meal to use up turkey!

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