Kentucky Hot Brown

When the Loon took his first bite of this Kentucky Hot Brown, he looked at me in complete amazement.

I mean, think about it…toasted country white bread, layered with thick slices of roasted turkey, juicy tomatoes, smoked bacon slabs, melted white cheddar, topped with an incredible Mornay sauce…um, yeah.



A Hot Kentucky Brown is decadent, but luxurious. It brings together flavors that spell pure comfort.

It was actually created at the Brown Hotel back in the 1920s, hence the name.

Don’t expect a brown sauce, but do expect a taste sensation.


This Kentucky Hot Brown is the ultimate open-faced sandwich.

Be sure to get good-quality roasted turkey, thick slab bacon, and seek out the freshest tomatoes you can find.

And top-notch sharp white cheddar cheese is a must. And of course, good country white bread makes a wonderful base.


We just love a Kentucky Hot Brown. I remember the first time seeing one when we were visiting Louisville, KY.

The waitress zoomed by with several on a tray that she was bringing to a table of hungry folks.

The Loon and I knew right then what we were ordering, and boy, oh boy, were we happy when ours arrived.


I love making Kentucky Hot Brown at home now, and so will you!!

150% Loon Approved!


Kentucky Hot Brown

This Kentucky Hot Brown is decadent and so extremely fulfilling. Get top-notch ingredients, and you will be in open-faced sandwich heaven! The sauce can be prepared a day in advance and rewarmed before using.
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Course: Sandwich
Cuisine: Southern, U.S.
Keyword: Bacon, Brunch, Hot Brown
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 625kcal



  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups shredded sharp white cheddar cheese grated you'll need more for the sandwich, see below
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese finely grated
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • Several dashes of hot sauce ie, Crystals, Louisiana, Tobasco
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • 1 lb thick-cut applewood smoked bacon
  • 2 tomatoes sliced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 thick slices of country white bread
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter room temperature
  • 2 lbs roast turkey cut into thick slices (1/4-inch is good)
  • 1 1/2 cups sharp white cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chives chopped, for garnish



  • In a small saucepan, bring the milk to a simmer over medium heat.
  • In a medium saucepan, melt the butter of medium heat and then add the flour, whisking for about 1 minute.
  • Slowly whisk in the heated milk and bring to a boil.
  • Continue to cook, whisking frequently, until thickened, about 5 - 7 minutes. (If becomes too thick, add a little more milk).
  • Remove from heat and stir in both cheeses until melted.
  • Mix in the nutmeg and hot sauce and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Cover and set aside.


  • Cook the bacon in a large skillet until crisp. Set aside.
  • Pre-heat the broiler on high.
  • Place the tomato slices on a baking sheet, drizzle with oil and season with salt and pepper.
  • Broil until lightly charred, flip and lightly char the other side. (Time will vary, depending on your broiler, just keep an eye on them). Cover with foil to keep warm.
  • Butter both sides of the bread slices and place on a baking sheet and place in the broiler.
  • Broil the bread until lightly toasted, about 2 minutes, flip the bread and toast for another minute.
  • Top each toast with some turkey and then spoon sauce over the top, and then sprinkle on the cheeses.
  • Broil until the cheese is melted and starting to brown, 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Transfer the sandwiches to plates and top with a tomato slice, bacon and garnish with chives.


Calories: 625kcal
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  • Oh my I made this for dinner it was so good! I am sharing it now with all my friends and family this is a great comfort food! Thank you!

    • That is so awesome to hear!! We could not be more thrilled that you love it! It’s pretty spectacular, isn’t it? Nothing better than sharing something super yummy that you prepared for friends and loved ones! Thank you so much for letting us know!! xoxoxo Kris & Wesley

  • You guys are killing me! I just got home from a 2-week stint in the ICU and would eat shoe leather…but this! Heading to farmers market now!

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