Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwich Recipe

Originating from the historic Brown Hotel in Louisville, this open-faced sandwich is a true Southern classic. The Kentucky Hot Brown features layers of tender roasted turkey, smoky bacon, and ripe tomatoes, all topped with a creamy Mornay sauce and broiled until golden and bubbling. Each bite is a harmonious blend of textures and flavors that will transport you to the heart of the Bluegrass State. Join us as we guide you through the steps to create this Flavorful Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwich, a dish that pays homage to Kentucky’s gastronomic heritage.


  • 4 thick slices of bread (such as Texas toast or French bread)
  • 8 ounces roasted turkey breast, thinly sliced
  • 8 slices cooked bacon
  • 2 large ripe tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 and 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish


  1. Preheat your oven to broil.
  2. Toast the bread slices until lightly golden.
  3. Arrange the toasted bread slices in a baking dish or on a baking sheet.
  4. Layer each slice with roasted turkey breast, bacon slices, and tomato slices.
  5. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the flour and cook for 1-2 minutes to create a roux.
  6. Gradually whisk in the milk, and continue cooking until the mixture thickens and comes to a simmer.
  7. Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the shredded cheddar cheese until melted. Season with nutmeg, salt, and black pepper.
  8. Pour the Mornay sauce over each assembled sandwich, ensuring the toppings are well-covered.
  9. Sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese over the top of each sandwich.
  10. Place the baking dish or baking sheet under the broiler for 3-5 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly, and the sandwiches are heated through.
  11. Remove from the oven and garnish with chopped fresh parsley.
  12. Serve the Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwiches hot, and enjoy the flavorful traditions of Kentucky’s culinary heritage.

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