This delectable Hot Brown Sandwich is layered with roasted turkey, crisp smoked bacon, sun ripened tomatoes and creamy Parmesan cheddar cheese sauce. It is the ultimate comfort food sandwich. This southern favorite sometimes called a Kentucky Hot Brown or even Louisville Hot Brown is one of my favorites.
This delectable hot mess was created at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky in 1926. There have been slight modifications here and there but for the most part the sandwich has kept its original tasty components. Sometimes the cheese sauce is made with Parmesan, sometimes with cheddar and sometimes with both.
How do you make a Hot Brown?
Start by melting a little butter in a skillet over medium low heat. Sprinkle in the flour and cook for about 3 minutes whisking constantly. Then whisk in the milk stirring constantly. Now reduce the heat to low and whisk in the Parmesan and cheddar cheese until melted.
Next assemble the turkey and bacon on the bread. Spoon a little bit of the cheese sauce over the sandwich and top with thin slices of tomato. Then spoon on a little more cheese and place the sandwich under the broiler for a couple of minutes to brown the top a bit. Be sure to keep a close eye on the sandwich as broilers are unpredictable. Finally serve promptly sprinkled with a bit of grated Parmesan cheese and a pinch of paprika or nutmeg.
Helpful tips for making the Hot Brown Sandwich
- Use good quality smoked turkey and nitrate free smoked bacon.
- If you have home grown tomatoes or access to them use them. Fresh home grown tomatoes take this over the top.
- Bakery fresh white bread works best for this recipe however I have used whole wheat and European white with good results.
- For taste variation hold the paprika and sprinkle with a pinch of nutmeg.
- Parmesan, cheddar or a mixture of both work well in the sauce.
- Assemble the sandwiches on a baking sheet so you place them under the broiler for a couple of minutes. Sometimes I place the bacon and then the tomatoes on top of the sauce. This allows the bacon and tomatoes to broil just a tad.
More sandwiches you will love
- Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese
- Italian Pressed Sandwich
- Ham and Swiss Sliders
- BBQ Brisket Sandwiches
- Classic Patty Melt
This post was originally published November 15, 2015 and was republished May 5, 2020 with new content.Print
This Hot Brown also known as a Kentucky Hot Brown or a Louisville Hot Brown is an open faced sandwich layered with turkey, crisp bacon, sun ripened tomatoes and creamy cheese sauce.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- Category: sandwich
- Method: stovetop/broiler
- Cuisine: Southern
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1–2 pinches ground cayenne pepper
- 1/4 cup shredded cheddar
- 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan plus more for a sprinkle on the top
- Salt and pepper
- 4 slices white bread
- 8 slices bacon cooked crisp
- 1 large tomato cut into thin slices
- 1 lb deli smoked turkey sliced
- 1–2 pinches paprika
- Melt butter in medium saucepan over medium low heat. Whisk in flour; whisking continuously for 2-3 minutes. Slowly add milk; whisking continuously. Cook over low heat until thickened; stirring frequently. Whisk in ground cayenne pepper. Reduce heat and add cheddar and Parmesan slowly. Continue stirring until cheese is completely melted. Salt and pepper to taste.
- Toast bread, microwave the deli meat for 10-15 seconds to get the chill off. Assemble sandwich by dividing the turkey over the four slices of toast. Add several tablespoons of the sauce to each sandwich. Top with tomato slices and 2 slices of bacon. Divide the rest of the sauce between the sandwiches. Sprinkle with a little bit of grated Parmesan and a sprinkle of paprika. Place under the broiler for 1-2 minutes or until lightly browned. Make sure you keep an eye on the sandwiches under the broiler as I have always found broilers unpredictable.
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