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A recipe for Hot Brown, a dish from Kentucky. Our experience from our visit to Kentucky. A recipe for Hot Brown, a dish from Kentucky. A couple of months ago the nice people at GE Monogram invited us to come to Kentucky to check out their Monogram kitchen appliances and play around in their test kitchen. We went with a handful of other food bloggers, and stayed in the historic Brown Hotel. The Brown Hotel is where the sandwich the “Hot Brown” was originated in 1926. Check the wiki if you don’t believe us. Pretty cool. So in celebration of our trip, we wanted to share this sandwich of awesome with you.

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While we were there we also did a bunch of fun and different things, and what better way than to show you in iphone photos! We visited Bourbon Barrel Foods. They make “Bluegrass Soy Sauce” in Louisville! Crazy! Not only do they make soy sauce, but they’re the only micro soy sauce brewery in the U.S.! Learning about micro soy sauce making was definitely one of the highlights of the trip. It was totally educational and you could see the great deal of passion and intensity the owner has for his work….very cool! While at the GE Monogram facilities we split up into teams of four and had an Iron Chef competition where potato chips were the secret ingredient….and guess what?! We won with a rendition of our Chiliquiles recipe…lets just say ketchup (yep) was involved to achieve that acidic tomato flavor, a cumin potato chip “essence” may have been made as a topper and perhaps we improvised in a few other “use what you got” type situations! We learned a lot about GE Monogram appliances, which are awesome, and you should check them out if you’re in the market; some of those induction stovetops and refrigerators they showed us really made us swoooooon as they are gorgeous and functional!

We met so many wonderful people on this trip that made us realize yet again just how kind/generous/thoughtful/hilarious/sweet/inviting food people genuinely are! Thank you to the lovely people at GE Monogram for such an amazing trip to visit your facilities as well as the fascinating tour of Louisville and for making sure we were never without tasty food….or mint juleps!

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Hot Brown Sandwich
Makes 4

mornay sauce:
2 tablespoons butter, unsalted
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup medium cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1/4 cup fontina cheese, shredded
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
salt and pepper to taste
4 slices sourdough bread, lightly toasted
1 lb roasted turkey breast, thinly sliced
6 rashers bacon, cooked and crumbled
black pepper to taste

1. Preheat broiler on high.
2. For mornay sauce: Place butter into a small sauce pan and melt over medium heat. Sprinkle flour over butter and whisk together. Continue to whisk for 2 to 3 minutes, to cook out the raw flour taste. While whisking add the milk until fully incorporated, ensuring no lumps have formed. Using a wooden spoon stir in the cheese until well blended followed be the remaining ingredients. Season with salt and pepper and cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat and set aside until ready to use.
3. Place sourdough slices onto a baking sheet and top each with 4 ounces of turkey.
4. Top each sandwich with a generous ladle of mornay sauce and top with a sprinkle of bacon (you can serve now if you wish). Place the baking sheet in the oven and broil each sandwich for 1-2 minutes. Top with freshly cracked black pepper and serve.

  1. Matt Not Specified Not Specified

    I cannot mention this sandwich without smirking. Nonetheless, a Hot Brown is always delicious.

  2. Emma Not Specified Not Specified

    So, so neat! I’m in Louisville for school and it’s great to see how much fun you had here. I still haven’t made it to the Brown Hotel for a Hot Brown, but hopefully soon! That soy sauce is delicious, isn’t it?!

  3. Eileen Not Specified Not Specified

    I’ve never had a hot brown–and actually only sort of even knew what it was before I started reading–but man, do I ever want one now! :)

  4. Beth Not Specified Not Specified

    That looks like so much fun! I’d love to go to Louisville sometime.

  5. White Brick Wall Not Specified Not Specified

    I really love the the serving idea

  6. Laura Not Specified Not Specified

    Hot Browns are legend in my family. We used to live by a little restaurant that made them, but we moved away and haven’t had HBs in years. I can’t wait to surprise my parents with a homemade version from your recipe!

  7. Catie Not Specified Not Specified

    I live in Louisville – so nice that you got to enjoy the city! I think most people hear “Kentucky” and roll their eyes about this being a fun town, but it really is. And it is SUCH a foodie town, which is probably why I’ll never leave!

  8. Averie @ Averie Cooks Not Specified Not Specified

    What a FUN trip that must have been and a micro soy sauce brewery? How’s that for coolness!

  9. Melissa {Being a Bear} Not Specified Not Specified

    My brother was just at a wedding in Kentucky where they served Hot Browns at the reception. I thought it sounded like pretty much the best wedding in the history of the world. Glad you had such a great trip. :)

  10. Sara L Not Specified Not Specified

    Aha – I have heard of hot browns and always wanted to try one. However, I am a follow the recipe to a tee kind of cook and I don’t see instructions on how to make the Mornay Sauce. While I have a good idea how to go about it, I’d hate to mess it up!

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      Hi Sara! The moray sauce recipe is listed first in the overall ingredient list. Hope this was helpful!

      • Rosie Not Specified Not Specified

        My post seems to have disappeared. Anyway — while the ingredients for the sauce are listed, there are no directions on what to do with them. I think that’s what Sara wanted to know. That’s what I’d like to know. This recipe looks delicious!!

  11. christine Not Specified Not Specified

    so glad you were able to enjoy Louisville! Wish I had heard you were in town, lots of great food stuff to share with you all. Next time plan a longer visit, you’ll never leave!!!

  12. Lynna Not Specified Not Specified

    These look superb~ I would down these like no other!

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  14. FarmhouseFinesse Not Specified Not Specified

    I just stumbled upon your site and I’m so impressed, I will definitely make those hot brown sandwiches, they look delicious. I’ll also checkout the GE Appliances, I’m looking for a new refrigerator, I recently painted my kitchen white and now my white refrigerator needs to go! Anyway, great recipe, I’ll add it to the menu now that I have my kitchen back.

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  16. Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet Not Specified Not Specified

    Looks delish Jenny and Teri!! That sure was a fun trip. I loved meeting you both and sharing lots of laughs. I hope our paths cross very soon!



  17. Liondragoncustom Not Specified Not Specified

    It looks both beautiful and delicious! I am so tempted to try it. Thanks for sharing .

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