Cooking On A Budget: The Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwich

Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwich


This is one of the few instances where I would post a recipe directly from another source. Since Saturday, May 5th is the running of the Kentucky Derby, I thought it fitting to post the recipe.

The Brown Hotel's Legendary Hot Brown Recipe:

Ingredients (Makes Two Hot Browns)
  • 2 oz. whole butter
  • 2 oz. all-purpose flour
  • 1 qt. heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup Pecorino Romano cheese, plus 1 tablespoon for garnish
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 14 oz. sliced roasted turkey breast
  • 2 slices of Texas toast (crust trimmed)
  • 4 slices of crispy bacon
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, sliced in half
  • paprika, parsley

Mornay Sauce:

In a two-quart saucepan, melt butter and whisk in flour until you form a thick roux.
Cook the roux for two minutes over medium-low heat. Be sure to stir frequently.
Whisk whipping cream into the roux and cook over medium heat until the cream begins to simmer. This should take about 2-3 minutes.
Remove the sauce from the heat and whisk in Pecorino Romano cheese until the Mornay sauce is smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Assembling The Sandwich:

For each sandwich, place one slice of toast on an oven-safe dish.
Cover the slice of bread with 7 ounces of turkey.
Take the two halves of a Roma tomato and set them alongside the base of turkey and toast.
Pour one half of the Mornay sauce to completely cover the dish.
Sprinkle with additional Pecorino Romano cheese.
Place entire dish under a broiler. When the cheese begins to brown and bubble, remove it from the broiler.
Place two pieces of crispy bacon on top of the sandwich and sprinkle with paprika and parsley. You're ready to eat your homemade Hot Brown!

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