May 2, 2015

Kentucky Hot Brown

Today is the Kentucky Derby.  We always watch the Derby, and oftentimes celebrate the occasion with food and some years Mint Juleps.  This year I decided to celebrate with Kentucky Hot Browns.

The first time I had a Kentucky Hot Brown was many years ago when I was in a Playgroup with young mothers and our children in my hometown.

One Satuday, the mothers went to Patti's Restaurant at Kentucky Lake, and I had the Kentucky Hot Brown.  It was made with homemade white bread, ham, cheese sauce and homemade potato chips.  I think the potato chips are yummy dipped in the cheese sauce.

The original Hot Brown is made with turkey.  So I combined the two:  sliced turkey and sliced ham on French Bread with a Mornay sauce and topped with one slice of tomato.

This is what you will need:

French Bread
Turkey and Ham from the Deli, sliced thin

For the Mornay Sauce:

2 Tablespoons of butter
2 Tablespoons of flour
1 Cup of Milk
1 Cup of shredded Parmesan Cheese
Salt and Pepper, to taste

How to Make a Kentucky Hot Brown:

To Make the Mornay Sauce:

Melt two tablespoons of butter in a small sauce pan, whisk in two tablespoons of flour.  Add 1 cup of milk, stirring constantly until thickened.  Remove from heat and add 1 cup of Parmasean cheese.  Salt and Pepper to Taste.

(I thinned the Mornay Sauce a bit with a little extra milk.)

Cut the French Bread in half and then cut the halves in half on a diagonal.  Drizzle some Extra Virgin Olive Oil over the bread and toast it in the oven on the broiler setting.

Pile sliced turkey and sliced ham on the toasted bread.  Spoon the Mornay Sauce over the meat and place a slice of tomato on top.   Salt and pepper the tomato.  Place the Kentucky Hot Brown back into the oven on the broiler setting and let it heat through, keeping a close eye on so it does not burn.

Serve with Potato Chips to family and friends!

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