Original Hot Brown

Original Hot Brown


"This recipe originally came from the Brown Hotel in Louisville, KY. I have altered it based on how I have had it served in restaurants in Louisville. This is a good way to use leftover turkey from Thanksgiving and my husband looks forward to it every year."


35 m servings 1044 cals
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Original recipe yields 4 servings



  • Calories:
  • 1044 kcal
  • 52%
  • Fat:
  • 52.7 g
  • 81%
  • Carbs:
  • 48g
  • 15%
  • Protein:
  • 90 g
  • 180%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 330 mg
  • 110%
  • Sodium:
  • 1247 mg
  • 50%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour with a whisk or fork, and continue to cook and stir until it begins to brown slightly. Gradually whisk in the milk so that no lumps form, then bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Mix in 6 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese and then stir in the beaten egg to thicken. Do not allow the sauce to boil once the egg has been mixed in. Remove from the heat and stir in the cream.
  2. Preheat the oven's broiler. For each hot brown, place two slices of toast into the bottom of an individual sized casserole dish. Cover with a liberal amount of roasted turkey and tomato slices. Spoon sauce over the top of each one and sprinkle with some of the remaining Parmesan cheese.
  3. Place the dishes under the broiler and cook until the top is speckled brown, about 5 minutes. Remove from the broiler and arrange two slices of bacon in a cross shape on top of each sandwich. Serve immediately.
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  1. 42 Ratings


This is for those who said the recipe is too bland. It's your own dang fault for not putting enough salt and pepper in it. I have an almost identical recipe and it calls for a teaspoon of salt...

I've done my own "america's test kitchen" for the Hot Brown and this recipe (with only one minor alteration) was the BEST! If you find the cheese sauce "bland" use fresh grated parmesan (it sho...

I never had the pleasure of eating one of these at the Brown, but my mom used to make them all the time. She always made a cheese sauch with cheddar cheese seasoned with paprika and sprinkled pa...

Loved it! Open faced hot turkey sandwich with cheese gravy and crispy bacon...what's not to love? I left out the egg since it was already thickened and then added 3 tablespoons of heavy cream, j...

My family and I live in Louisville, KY and absolutely love this recipe. This is exactly how hot brown is supposed to taste. Thank you.

I would give this more stars if I could. I will admit I used the recipe from the Brown Hotel and it called for pecorino-romano cheese (which I used a cup of) and didn't use an egg. Amazing sandw...

These were very, very good....and VERY rich. I didn't have oven proof dishes large enough to lay 2 pieces of toast so we put one piece of toast, lots of oven roasted turkey, sliced tomato, chees...

If you have never had one of these I would suggest thinking twice before going to all the trouble to make this. We love turkey and bacon together but did not like this at all. The sauce is far t...

This was my first Hot Brown attempt and I made it as directed. Unfortunately it was bland. I'll try it again differently. I'd add more tomato or put it on top as one reviewer suggested. I might...