Friday, May 1, 2015

Kentucky Hot Brown

In honor of Kentucky Derby, I made Kentucky Hot Brown. I really wasn't sure how the kids would like this dish. It did have bacon which is always a plus. Kentucky Hot Brown normally is made with roasted turkey breast but to save time I used deli turkey meat. After assembling the open face sandwich, a rich Mornay sauce tops the sandwich. It was so good. My kids loved it. Since my husband wasn't home, I made him up a plate. Reluctantly, he tried it. The kids kept telling him how good it tasted. He agreed with the kids. If you are having a Kentucky Derby party, then serve this dish. I'm betting it will be popular.
Kentucky Hot Brown
4 slices thick bread, like Texas toast
14 oz. deli turkey breast   
8 bacon slices, cooked
2 Roma tomatoes, sliced in quarter
1 1/2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 1/2 Tbsp all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1/4 cup Pecorino Romano cheese, plus topping
salt and pepper, to taste
Parsley for topping

  1. Heat the oven on broil. 
  2. Cut the crust from the bread.
  3. Toast the bread lightly. 
  4. Set onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  5. Place the toast onto the baking sheet. 
  6. Top the toast with layers of the turkey. 
  7. Place two slices of bacon over each turkey slices.
  8. Place the quartered tomatoes on the side. Set aside.
  9. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.
  10. Whisk in the flour to form a thick roux. 
  11. Cook the roux for 1 minute.
  12. Whisk in the heavy cream. 
  13. Bring the mixture to a boil and allow to simmer for 3 minutes. 
  14. Remove from heat and whisk in the Pecorino-Romano cheese.
  15. Season with salt and pepper. 
  16. Pour the Mornay sauce over the open face sandwiches. 
  17. Top with some shredded Pecorino-Romano cheese.
  18. Place the sandwiches in the broiler until the cheese is bubbly and golden brown.
  19. Sprinkle with Parsley and serve immediately. 
Recipe adapted from Brown Hotel

One year ago......................I made Mexican Rice.
Two years ago....................I made Guacamole.
Three years ago..................I made Coconut Cream Cheese Pinwheel Cookies.
Did you already know..................
-In 1926, the Brown Hotel in Kentucky had over a thousand guest attending their dinner dance.
-Around midnight, the band would take a break and the guest would retire to the kitchen for a meal. 
-Chief Fred Schmidt created the hot brown for the hungry dancers.

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