The Hot Brown Sandwich Of Louisville, Kentucky Recipe

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The Hot Brown Sandwich of Louisville, Kentucky

Sharon Colyer


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

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30 Min
30 Min


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


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