The Legendary Hot Brown Recipe

The Legendary Hot Brown Recipe

Ready in 45 minutes

According to Robert Parker's Haunted Louisville, the Brown Hotel has some ghosts. If you ask me, the dearly-not-so-departed hotel guests are probably just hanging around for one of these awesome open faced turkey & bacon sandwiches. The broiled cheesy mornay sauce would make me want to come back from the dead!

"Very tasty recipe! Used our leftover turkey from Christmas. The only problem was that there was a lot of sauce left. I would cut the ingredients in half to keep from wasting the resources."

- Mrsswill

Top-ranked recipe named "The Legendary Hot Brown Recipe"

4.9 avg, 7 review(s) 71% would make again

Ingredients

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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. Roasted Turkey Breast
2 Texas Toast; (Crust Trimmed)
4 slices Crispy Bacon
2 Roma Tomatoes; Sliced in Half
Paprika and Parsley

Original recipe makes 2

Servings  

Preparation

In a two-quart saucepan, melt butter and slowly whisk in flour until combined and forms a thick paste (roux). Continue to cook roux for two minutes over medium-low heat, stirring frequently. Whisk whipping cream into the roux and cook over medium heat until the cream begins to simmer, about 2-3 minutes. Remove sauce from heat and slowly whisk in Pecorino Romano cheese until the Mornay sauce is smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste.

For each Hot Brown, place one slice of toast in an oven safe dish and cover with 7 ounces of turkey. Take the two halves of Roma tomato and set them alongside the base of turkey and toast. Next, pour one half of the Mornay sauce to completely cover the dish. Sprinkle with additional Pecorino Romano cheese. Place entire dish under a broiler until cheese begins to brown and bubble. Remove from broiler, cross two pieces of crispy bacon on top, sprinkle with paprika and parsley, and serve immediately.

Notes

We did ours a bit different, only because I liked how the Joy of Cooking version layered the sandwich as bread, bacon, sliced tomato, and then the sliced smoked turkey. We also sliced our tomatoes instead of just halving them.

The sauce was enough for more than 5 sandwiches for us.

Next time, I'd cut the cream amount to about half so more of the sauce stays on top. You want some to drip off but you want it on top too. We topped ours with more diced bacon, cheese, and green onions.

Keep this one in mind when you have some extra turkey laying around. And if you find yourself in Louisville consider a visit to the historic Brown Hotel.

PS: Handy traveler tip - If you do go to the Brown Hotel, you get a Hot Brown, and a ghost tries to steal a bite of it, tell it to either "go to the light" or get its own damn sandwich. It's kind of like bears, don't feed them it only encourages them.

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Not the same presentation you'd get at The Brown Hotel, but it's how we've adapted their recipe. Using our own smoked turkey doesn't hurt either! photo by swibirun swibirun

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Very good. Too much sauce. We made 4 servings and still had extra sauce.
Joebaum-33 3 months ago
Simply the Best!
MARKSADLER 4 months ago
susan293 11 month ago
Awesome! Too much sauce tho...'.
Tnkadylady 11 month ago
MauraSpeckt 12 months ago
Very tasty recipe! Used our leftover turkey from Christmas. The only problem was that there was a lot of sauce left. I would cut the ingredients in half to keep from wasting the resources.
Mrsswill 3 years ago
We did ours a bit different, only because I liked how the Joy of Cooking version layered the sandwich as bread, bacon, sliced tomato, and then the sliced smoked turkey. We also sliced our tomatoes instead of just halving them. The sauce was enough for more than 5 sandwiches for us. Next time, I'd cut the cream amount to about half so more of the sauce stays on top. You want some to drip off but you want it on top too. We topped ours with more diced bacon, cheese, and green onions. Keep this one in mind when you have some extra turkey laying around. And if you find yourself in Louisville consider a visit to the historic Brown Hotel. PS: Handy traveler tip - If you do go to the Brown Hotel, you get a Hot Brown, and a ghost tries to steal a bite of it, tell it to either 'go to the light' or get its own damn sandwich. It's kind of like bears, don't feed them it only encourages them. [I posted this recipe.]
swibirun 4 years ago
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