What is a Kentucky Hot Brown? The Hot Brown Sandwich was originally created at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. In the 1920’s, the Brown Hotel drew over 1,200 guests for dinner and dancing. By the wee hours of the morning, guests would make their way into the restaurant for a bite to eat and the Hot Brown was born!
This open-faced turkey sandwich is topped with a delicate Mornay sauce, with a hint of nutmeg, then topped with tomato and bacon then slightly broiled. The guests were so tempted by this delicious sandwich that it became a Louisiana Tradition. Today, this sandwich is still available on the Brown Hotel menu, and it is known worldwide. Even though the traditional Mornay sauce was created with Romano cheese, I thought it would be interesting to add a bit of Asiago and Havarti cheeses, for extra creaminess and taste. That hint of nutmeg will certainly tempt your palate, making you want to lick every bit off your dish.
Kentucky Hot Brown Recipe (Using GF Bread!)
- 1 TBS butter
- 1 TBS flour, gluten free
- 1 cup heavy cream, warm
- 1/4 cup Pecorino Romano Cheese, half for cheese sauce, half for garnish
- 1 1/2 oz Asiago Cheese
- 1 1/2 oz Havarti Cheese
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 6 ozs Turkey Breast, sliced (prepared ahead)
- 4 slices Three Bakers (White) Bread
- 4 sliced bacon, cooked
- 2 thick slices Beefsteak Tomatoes
- Paprika and Parsley, for garnish
1. In medium saucepan heat butter on medium heat. Add flour, whisk until incorporated, appprox 2 mins. Be careful to not burn
2. Add warm cream. Whisk. Cook for 2-3 mins.
3. Add cheeses. Whisk until cheeses are melted.
4. Add nutmeg and salt and pepper, to taste. Whisk. Careful not to over salt since cheeses are salty.
5. Preheat broiler. In broil safe pan add one slice of bread in center of pan. Cut second slice, diagonally and place one half on each side of full slice. Top with approx. 3 ozs of sliced turkey. Pour half the sauce over top. Add slice of tomato. Place in broiler for approx. 5 mins., or until cheese is slightly browned. Remove from oven.
6. Top with two slices of bacon. Garnish with Romano cheese, paprika and parsley.