Kentucky Hot Brown Turkey Sandwich Recipe

Kentucky Hot Brown
Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwich. Photo: Diana Rattray
  • 25 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: 4 Servings

A Kentucky tradition, the Hot Brown Sandwich was created in 1926 in Louisville, Kentucky, by Fred Schmidt at the Brown Hotel. It's an open-faced sandwich that was originally created as an alternative to late night ham and egg suppers.

This recipe is a typical Hot Brown sandwich. The toasted bread is topped with thinly sliced turkey, a delicious Parmesan and cheddar sauce, bacon strips, and tomatoes. Once assembled, the sandwich is broiled until it's hot and bubbly. It's delicious! 

Make these sandwiches for a sandwich supper or luncheon, or prepare them for a game day snack.

What You'll Need

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 pound cooked turkey, thinly sliced (deli or leftover)
  • 8 slices toast, crusts trimmed
  • 4 slices tomato
  • 8 strips bacon, cooked

How to Make It

  1. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat
  2. Add the flour and stir until smooth and bubbly.
  3. Add milk, salt, Worcestershire sauce, cheddar cheese, and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.
  4. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, until thick and bubbly.
  5. Cut the trimmed toast in half diagonally and place on a baking sheet (or use individual baking dishes).
  6. Arrange turkey slices on the toast and cover with hot cheese sauce.
  1. Top with tomato slices and bacon strips then sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese evenly over the sandwiches.
  2. Place them under the broiler until hot and bubbly and lightly browned.

Tips and Variations

Omit the cheddar cheese and use extra grated Parmesan in the sauce, if desired.