This is the "real deal" Hot Brown sandwich which originated and was served at the famous Brown Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky over 100 years ago. Very rich and delicious, it's the perfect recipe to use for the leftover Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey.
1NOTE: I've found that this actually makes enough sauce for 3 or 4 servings,
2In a sauce pan over medium-high heat, melt the butter then add the flour to make a roux.
3Cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
4Remove from heat and whisk in the cream.
5Add the bay leaf and nutmeg, return to heat and bring the cream to a simmer, stirring constantly or else the roux will stick to the bottom and burn.
6Once it's simmering, cook for two minutes then remove from the heat and add the 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese and season to taste with salt and pepper. (NOTE: If you have any lumps before you add the parmesan, don't panic! Put the sauce through a wire mesh strainer over top of another saucepan then add cheese.)
7Place a slice of bread in each of two small, oven-safe dishes and cover each with half of the turkey.
8Place half of blotted tomato slices on each.
9Remove bay leaf from sauce and cover each with half of the sauce.
10Sprinkle each dish with the remaining parmesan and put under broiler until lightly browned and bubbling.
11Remove from the broiler and cross two slices of bacon over each Hot Brown; garnish with a pinch of paprika and a bit of parsley, if desired.