Kentucky Hot Browns Recipe

The Kentucky Hot Brown, a pillowy cushion of toasted bread topped with sliced turkey and an avalanche of Mornay sauce—all broiled until golden brown.

Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
4 servings
Kentucky Hot Browns
Try our recipe for classic Kentucky Hot Browns or a decadent variation of this Southern dish.

Becky Luigart-Stayner


  • 4 thick white bread slices

  • 3/4 pound sliced roasted turkey

  • 1 Mornay Sauce

  • 3 cup (4-oz.) shredded Parmesan cheese

  • 8 plum tomatoes, sliced

  • bacon slices, cooked


  1. Preheat broiler with oven rack 6 inches from heat. Place bread slices on a baking sheet and broil 1 to 2 minutes on each side or until toasted.

  2. Arrange bread slices in 4 lightly greased broiler-safe individual baking dishes. Top bread with turkey slices. Pour hot Mornay Sauce over turkey. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

  3. Broil 6 inches from heat 3 to 4 minutes or until bubbly and lightly browned; remove from oven. Top sandwiches with tomatoes and bacon. Serve immediately.

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