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Quick Hot Brown Recipe
Kentucky Derby Party Week
I love Hot Browns, hot cheesy open faced sandwiches dripping with white sauce, stuffed with turkey, ham, and bacon. It’s just that a “real” Hot Brown is supposed to be made with a freshly roasted turkey.The day after Thanksgiving, we ALWAYS serve Hot Browns maxed out with all the whistles and bells.
But it’s Kentucky Derby Week, and I do not have time to roast a turkey. Now do not go pointing fingers at me, I made 12 gallons of burgoo, served about 40 pounds of bbq and fixings to Bears, batted out a newspaper column, did a guest radio spot, got certified to be a “micro-processor” at the Farmers Market, prepared twenty posts for this blog and held down a real job. Give me a break…giggles.
Hot Browns in a Hurry Recipe appeared in Wednesday’s Appalachian News Express. I used Kentucky Legends Ham and Turkey for this quick version. Kentucky Legends is processed in Owensboro, KY by the same folks who bring you Nathan’s Hot Dogs. They are a certified “Kentucky Proud” brand.
Hot Browns in a Hurry Recipe
Recipe by Charlie Pinson
Turkey Recipe, Turkey Leftovers, Main Course, Kentucky Derby Party Recipe
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, organic preferred
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 cup of milk
- ½ cup of heavy cream
- 1 cup of freshly shredded Cheddar cheese
- 4 slices of French bread toasted
- 8 slices of bacon, cooked
- 8 slices of Kentucky Legends turkey breast
- 4 slices of Kentucky Legends ham
- 4 slices fresh tomato
1. Heat oven to broil.
2. In large cast iron chicken fryer heat the ham and turkey breast through, getting just a slight browning around edges of meat.
3. In heavy saucepan brown butter and flour, as for a gravy base, stirring with a wooden spoon.
4. Add milk and heavy cream and bring to a boil. Set off heat. Make sure there are no lumps.
5. Whisk in ½ cup of freshly shredded cheese.
6. Layer a slice of toasted French bread, 1 slice of ham, 2 slices of turkey and slices of bacon for each serving in the skillet. Cover each serving with gravy, top with a sliced tomato, sprinkle on cheddar cheese and broil in oven until cheese is melted. Serve hot and messy!.
Notes and Observations:
My great-grandparents were colorful characters, known for their dancing skills. The Hot Brown sandwich was originally made at Louisville’s Brown Hotel, a late night concoction for dancers who had had a little too much to drink. It is said that my folks, danced at the Brown during the “Roaring Twenties” and won a few prizes for their abilities. It is also said that sometimes when they made the run from Cincinnati to Louisville, there might have been something more in the trunk than a spare tire and a change of clothes. All that said, I have a soft place for the real Kentucky Hot Brown, but I still say it is best served as Thanksgiving leftovers! Giggles
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