The Hot Brown Sandwich of Louisville, Kentucky

Sharon Colyer


The Hot Brown got its start at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, KY in 1926. It was an open-faced turkey sandwich with bacon and a Mornay sauce. The sandwich was featured in the 2002 PBS documentary "Sandwiches That You Will Like." See Wikipedia for other information concerning The Brown Hotel and its sandwich.

Even though this is my recipe, I manage to get my husband to fix it for us, since he likes it so much. Guess I need to fix it for him sometime soon.

★★★★★ 3 votes
30 Min
30 Min

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Notes from the Test Kitchen:
This legendary Kentucky sandwich is definitely one you don't want to pass up. The Mornay sauce is smooth, creamy and super cheesy. Onion adds a bit of sweetness to the sauce. Tomato and bacon are the classic toppings are a must. The bacon adds a nice touch of smokiness. Indulgent and delicious!


4 slice
4 slice
ripe tomato (optional)
1/3 c
butter or margarine
1 medium
onion, chopped
1/3 c
all-purpose flour
3 c
hot milk
1 tsp
1/4 tsp
crushed red pepper flakes or a few drop of hot sauce
1/4 lb
processed cheese, like Velveeta, cut up
eggs, beaten
1 Tbsp
butter or margarine
4 slice
previously cooked chicken or turkey
8 slice
4 Tbsp
Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp

How to Make The Hot Brown Sandwich of Louisville, Kentucky


  • 1Fry bacon crisp, drain on paper towel & reserve. Crumble, if desired.
  • 2For the sauce, melt butter, in a heavy pan, over medium heat. Add onion and cook until tender or clear.
  • 3Add flour and blend to make a smooth paste.
  • 4Add hot milk, salt, and red pepper flakes or hot sauce. Stir and cook until thick & smooth.
  • 5Stir in cheese, beaten eggs, and remaining tablespoon of butter. Continue to cook, stirring until mixture almost reaches boiling point, but do not let it boil. Remove from heat.
  • 6Preheat broiler while putting sandwiches together.
  • 7To assemble, toast 8 slices of bread; cut 4 in half diagonally.
  • 8On 4 ovenproof plates or other ovenware, arrange toast. Lay sliced turkey or chicken over toast. Cover this with sauce.
  • 9If using slices of ripe tomato, add now. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  • 10Place under preheated broiler, until sauce begins to bubble.
  • 11Remove from oven. Sprinkle with paprika. Add bacon (whole or crumbled). Serve remaining toast, on the side.

Printable Recipe Card

About The Hot Brown Sandwich of Louisville, Kentucky