The Hot Brown is a rich dish steeped in rich history. This open-faced sandwich was developed in the roaring 1920's by Fred Schmidt at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, and was his answer to the flappers' fourth meal. Tired and hungry from a night of dancing, they would head into the restaurant for a bite to eat. Wanting to provide some variation from the standard egg and ham sandwiches they served, he developed this thing of beauty.
Sliced Hot Turkey Breast
Crusty, Toasted Bread
In that order.
It became one of his signature sandwiches and is a beloved part of Kentucky history to this day. It is also the perfect main dish to serve come Derby day.
Kentucky Hot Brown
Yield: 4 SandwichesIngredients:
- 4 slices of toasted Texas Toast, or toasted French or Italian Bread
- 1 lb. sliced turkey (on the slightly thicker side), warmed
- 8 slices of roma tomatoes
- 8 slices of thick-sliced bacon, cooked
- Mornay sauce (can be made ahead)
- Shredded cheddar cheese
- Paprika and parsley (optional)
Take two slices of a Roma tomato and set them alongside the base of each turkey and toast.
Pour enough Mornay sauce to cover the dish. Add a handful of cheddar cheese to the tops.
Place entire dish under a broiler. When the cheese begins to brown and bubble, remove it from the broiler.
Place two pieces of crispy bacon on top of the sandwich. Sprinkle with paprika and parsley (optional).