Kentucky Hot Brown RecipeThe Kentucky hot brown recipe supposedly originated at the Brown Hotel in Kentucky. Chef Fred Schmidt is said to have created the hot brown sandwich in 1926 to serve to guests after an evening of dancing.
An open-faced turkey sandwich covered with cheese sauce and topped with bacon, the hot brown recipe is a hit with kids. My version is made with English muffins and includes tomato on top.
- 4 Tbsp. butter
- 4 Tbsp. flour
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese
- 1 cup chopped cooked roast turkey (deli turkey breast is fine)
- 4 English muffins
- 2 slices bacon, cooked, drained and crumbled
- 2 tomatoes, sliced
- 2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
- Preheat oven to broil.
- Heat butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
- Whisk in flour. Cook, whisking constantly, for 2 minutes.
- Whisk in milk. Raise heat to medium-high and bring to a boil, stirring.
- When mixture boils, reduce heat to medium-low. Stir in cheese, whisking until melted.
- Stir in turkey and cook another minute until warmed through.
- Split English muffins and place halves on a baking sheet. Top with turkey mixture. Place under broiler for 3-5 minutes until bubbly and golden.
- Remove from oven. Top each sandwich with crumbled bacon and a tomato slice. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and return to the oven to broil another minute.