Recipe courtesy of Santos Loo

Kentucky Hot Browns

The Kentucky Hot Brown - an open-faced turkey sandwich topped with bacon and Mornay sauce and then baked until the bread is crispy and the cheesy sauce browns - is not actually named after the finished product's coloring. It was created at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky in the 1920's.You don't need to make a special roasted turkey breast for these sandwiches; slices of leftover roasted turkey are equally as scrumptious.
  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 30 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 1 hr 15 min
  • Yield: 4 open-faced sandwiches
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Ingredients

Turkey: 

One 2-pound boneless turkey breast half, skin-on

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 

Mornay Sauce:

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

2 cups milk

1/2 cup shredded sharp yellow Cheddar

1/2 cup grated pecorino

Pinch freshly grated nutmeg

1/4 cup grated pecorino

Sandwich:

Four 3/4-inch-thick slices white bread, toasted

2 large tomatoes, sliced

Pinch sweet paprika

1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

8 slices cooked bacon

Directions

  1. For the turkey: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Drizzle with the olive oil and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper over the whole turkey breast. Place on a roasting pan and cook until it begins to brown, about 50 minutes. Raise the temperature to 400 degrees F and roast until the skin is golden brown and crispy and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the middle of the breast reads 165 degrees F, about 15 minutes more. Remove the turkey from the oven and let cool. Cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices. 
  2. For the mornay sauce: Cook the butter and flour over medium heat in a pot, stirring continuously for 5 minutes; the roux will be pale gold in color. Raise the heat to medium-high and add the milk. Whisk until the sauce thickens, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the Cheddar, pecorino and nutmeg. 
  3. For the sandwich: Preheat the broiler. Assemble the hot brown by laying the toast down in a large pan. Divide the sliced turkey over the top. Layer with the tomatoes, mornay sauce and pecorino. Place the pan under the broiler until the sauce is golden brown, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate and sprinkle with the paprika and parsley and top with the bacon.

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