Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwiches

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.


2 servings

Updated: Jul. 12, 2023
Kentucky hot brown sandwiches are as popular around here as The Derby. Paired with a side salad, this sandwich makes a hearty meal. —Margaret Evans, Frankfort, Kentucky
Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwiches Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 4-1/2 teaspoons butter
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup 2% milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
  • 2 slices bread, toasted
  • 4 thin slices deli turkey
  • 2 slices cheddar cheese
  • 4 to 6 slices tomato
  • 2 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a small saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour until smooth; gradually stir in milk and bouillon. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat; set aside.
  2. Place toast on a baking pan. Top each with 2 slices turkey; spoon sauce over turkey. Top each with cheese and tomato. Bake, uncovered, until lightly browned, 25-30 minutes. Sprinkle with bacon.
Kentucky Hot Brown Tips

What are some variations of Kentucky hot brown sandwiches?

Some Kentucky hot brown sandwiches stack both turkey and ham. Others include other ingredients in the sauce, such as white cheddar cheese, Parmesan cheese and nutmeg. You can also top yours with fresh herbs—we recommend parsley or chives.

Can you make Kentucky hot brown sandwiches ahead of time?

You can make the mornay sauce, aka cheese sauce, the day before and keep it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Pull it out of the fridge once you're ready to assemble and bake your sandwiches.

What can you serve with Kentucky hot brown sandwiches?

Serve with any side salad, like a wedge salad. Or if you're throwing a Kentucky Derby party, add these Kentucky Derby recipes to your spread.

Christina Herbst, Taste of Home Assistant Digital Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 sandwich: 421 calories, 24g fat (13g saturated fat), 83mg cholesterol, 1277mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 24g protein.

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