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This iconic sandwich is a Southern staple – especially for the Kentucky Derby.  These Kentucky Hot Browns are a delicious, decadent, open-faced turkey sandwich with tomato, bacon, and a rich Mornay sauce.



½ cup butter

½ cup all-purpose flour

1 ½ cups whole milk

1 ½ cups heavy cream

½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

½ cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese

¼ teaspoon Kosher salt

½ teaspoon white pepper

¼ teaspoon paprika

2 pounds sliced roasted turkey

2 tomatoes, each sliced into 8 thin slices

8 slices sourdough bread, toasted

¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

8 slices crispy bacon

Chopped chives, as a garnish


In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and whisk in the flour.  Cook, stirring constantly until the flour begins to turn golden.

Whisk in the heavy cream and milk, continuing to cook and whisk until there are no lumps.

Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly.

Stir in the Parmesan and Romano cheeses.

Reduce the heat to low and continue to cook, stirring constantly to prevent the mixture from scorching.

Remove from the heat when thickened and smooth.

Stir in the salt, pepper, and paprika.  Mix well and taste to adjust for seasoning.  Set aside.

Preheat your oven’s broiler.  Wrap a baking sheet with foil and spray the foil with cooking spray.

Place the slices of bread onto the baking sheet.

Cover the bread with the roasted turkey and top with 2 slices of tomato.

Spoon the sauce over the top of each sandwich and spread to coat.

Sprinkle the ¼ cup of grated parmesan cheese over the sauce.

Place the baking sheet under the broiler and cook until the top is turning golden and bubbly, about 5 minutes.

Remove the baking sheet from the oven and top with 1 or 2 slices of bacon.

Sprinkle with the snipped chives and serve hot.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Main Dish - Sandwiches
  • Method: Broil
  • Cuisine: Southern

Keywords: Kentucky Hot Browns, sandwich recipes, turkey sandwiches, main dish recipes, Southern food, Kentucky Derby recipes