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The Brown Hotel's Legendary Kentucky Hot Brown Recipe

Transform Turkey Leftovers Into Legendary Hot Browns

Like most of you, I relish Thanksgiving leftovers. Stuffing, mashed potatoes, and turkey legs all possess a greater depth of flavor the next day. But white meat turkey always seems to taste worse the following morning. In my mind, consuming leftover turkey breast is up there with finishing day-old fish. To help matters, I decided to try a regional dish I've always wanted to make: the legendary Kentucky Hot Brown. This warm sandwich, created at the Brown Hotel in 1926, is an open-faced wonder of roasted turkey, bacon, and tomatoes on fat toast, drizzled with luscious Mornay sauce. Nearly a century later, there are many variations, but I returned to the original, a move I don't regret. I love how the creamy, nutty Pecorino cheese sauce offsets the lean tone of turkey breast. For a Thanksgiving leftover idea you'll be making for years to come, keep reading.

Kentucky Hot Brown

Kentucky Hot Brown

The Brown Hotel's Legendary Kentucky Hot Brown Recipe 2009-12-01 10:28:48

Ingredients

2 oz. whole butter
2 oz. all-purpose flour
1 quart heavy cream
1/2 cup Pecorino Romano, plus 1 tablespoon for garnish
Salt & pepper
14 oz. sliced roasted turkey breast
2 slices Texas toast (or any thick-sliced toast), crust trimmed
4 slices of bacon, cooked until crisp
2 tomatoes, sliced or halved
Paprika and chopped parsley, for garnish

Directions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Serves 2.


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Rancher'sGirl Rancher'sGirl 5 years
I'll be definitely making this the day after, this year! And yes, fuzzles, I agree with the extra bacon! :)
fuzzles fuzzles 5 years
Extra bacon, please! :feedme:
nancita nancita 6 years
I have also always wanted to try this! Thanks for sharing. Great idea.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 6 years
I enjoy making these on Derby Day, but I don't like to adulterate my leftover Thanksgiving turkey.
vinnie vinnie 6 years
Ill have to wait until next year to try this out. I have OD'd on leftover turkey. *barf* I can't even think about leftover turkey right now.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 6 years
Would it be bad if I had one of these every day??????....That bacon is perfectly cooked!!!!
AmberHoney AmberHoney 6 years
OOOHHH, I've never had one of these and I have no leftover turkey. :(
savorytv savorytv 6 years
Oh my! Might as well continue the decadence throughout the season ;)
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