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Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwiches

And they're off!  Today is the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby, commonly referred to as the most exciting two minutes in sports. While I know nothing about odds and favorites to win the race, I do know that there are certainly recipes that are always found in the Winner's Circle when it comes to Derby Day. For my contribution to today's festivities, I chose the Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwich. Since I've never made or eaten one before, I turned the Taste of Home website search.

I made some slight changes to the recipe.  I used 15 grain bread, it's just what I have on hand. I used sliced roasted turkey instead of the deli meat.  Since the heirloom variety of tomatoes I purchased were so huge, I only did one slice per sandwich.  My roux got a little dark in the pan, but it's absolutely delicious. I love all the different flavors and textures.

Thank you so much to Ellen from Family Around the Table for hosting, and to all the other Festive Foodies for sharing their recipes!

Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwiches

Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwiches


  • 4 1/2 teaspoons butter or margarine
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
  • 2 slices bread, toasted (used 15 grain)
  • 4 thin slices deli turkey (used roasted turkey)
  • 2 slices cheddar cheese
  • 4 slices tomato (4 to 6)
  • 2 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled


  1. In a small saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour until smooth; gradually stir in milk and bouillon. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1 minute or until thickened. Remove from the heat; set aside.
  2. Place toast in a baking pan. Top each with 2 slices of turkey; spoon reserved white sauce over turkey. Top each with one cheese slice and 2-3 tomato slices. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned. Sprinkle with bacon.
Yield: 2 servings.
turkey, tomatoes, cheese
Sandwich, Derby Day
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I've never had a hot brown either. Yours certainly looks delicious.
Cookaholic Wife said…
I'm so jealous you managed to make them look pretty! I gave up and turned them into a pizza to get a better photograph.
Jolene said…
Making them into pizza is brilliant!
Jolene said…
Thank you, I'm sorry I waited so long!
I love hot browns but never make them. I need to rectify that soon!

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