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My twist on a classic mornay sauce that tops off a traditional Louisville favorite!
I grew up around hot browns and thought they were commonplace for so many years. It wasn't until I grew up and moved away that I realized they are found no where outside of the Kentucky area, in fact, most don't even know what these delicious concoctions are! Hot browns, named after where they were founded the Brown Hotel, are a yummy open face turkey and ham sandwich served with cheesy mornay sauce and topped with bacon and tomato. I added in more sharp cheese to this dish, and it turned out just perfectly!

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  • How to cook a turkey. Kentucky Hot Brown - Step 1
    Step 1

    Mornay Sauce
    2.5 Tablespoons Butter (Unsalted or Salted is fine)
    2.5 Tablespoons All Purpose Flour
    1.5 Cups Warmed Fat Free Half and Half Cream
    1 Teaspoon Bourbon (Optional)
    3 Ounces Gruyere Cheese
    4 Ounces Sharp Cheddar Cheese

    Sandwich
    Sourdough bread, cut into 1 thick slice per sandwich
    1/8 Pound of deli oven roasted Turkey per sandwich
    1/8 Pound of deli smoked Ham per sandwich
    Bacon, 2 slices per sandwich
    1 Tomato, cut into slices
    Mornay Sauce (See above)

  • How to cook a turkey. Kentucky Hot Brown - Step 2
    Step 2

    Cook 4 slices of turkey bacon or bacon (2 slice per sandwich) according to package instructions. Set aside.

  • How to cook a turkey. Kentucky Hot Brown - Step 3
    Step 3

    While your sauce is being prepared, preheat your oven to 400 Degrees Fahrenheit. Layer turkey and ham over two thick slices of bread. Cook for 10 minutes until the meats are lightly browned on the edges.

  • How to cook a turkey. Kentucky Hot Brown - Step 4
    Step 4

    In a saucepan melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the flour.

  • How to cook a turkey. Kentucky Hot Brown - Step 5
    Step 5

    Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly until forming a roux that is light yellow and frothy. Do not allow to brown.

  • How to cook a turkey. Kentucky Hot Brown - Step 6
    Step 6

    Slowly whisk in half and half. Continue to cook until sauce thickens, then reduce to a simmer. Add salt and pepper to taste.

  • How to cook a turkey. Kentucky Hot Brown - Step 7
    Step 7

    Stir in the shredded cheese (gruyere and cheddar) over a very low heat.

  • How to cook a turkey. Kentucky Hot Brown - Step 8
    Step 8

    Slice your tomato, using 2 slices per sandwich.

  • How to cook a turkey. Kentucky Hot Brown - Step 9
    Step 9

    Pour the mornay sauce over the sandwiches. You'll want a lot - that's the traditional way!

  • How to cook a turkey. Kentucky Hot Brown - Step 10
    Step 10

    Add two pieces of bacon per sandwich.

  • How to cook a turkey. Kentucky Hot Brown - Step 11
    Step 11

    And finally top with two tomato slices and enjoy!

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