Recipe for Kentucky Hot Brown, Original


    Kentucky Hot Brown

    The Kentucky Hot Brown originated at the Brown Hotel in Louisville early this century. There are as many versions of the dish as there are cooks who make it. This recipe is based on the one used at the old Lafayette Hotel in Lexington.

    For each serving
    2 pieces toast
    Turkey breast slices
    3 slices crisp bacon
    1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
    1 tablespoon butter or margarine
    1 cup white sauce
    Tomato half (optional)

    White Sauce (for each cup)
    2 tablespoons flour
    2 tablespoons butter or margarine
    Salt and pepper
    1 cup milk

    To make white sauce, melt butter or margarine. Remove from heat and add flour, salt and pepper. Blend well. Return to heat for one to two minutes. Remove from heat and add milk slowly, stirring constantly. Return to medium heat and cook, stirring constantly, until sauce thickens and begins to bubble.

    Use individual oval or rectangular casserole dishes to assemble Hot Brown. (If you wish, place tomato half at one end of casserole.) Place two pieces toast in bottom of casserole (one piece may have to be cut to fit in ends of dish.) Heap turkey breast slices on toast (be sure to use "real" turkey rather than rolled, pressed or processed). Cover turkey with white sauce. Cover white sauce (and tomato half, if used) with liberal coating of grated Parmesan. Dot Parmesan with butter or margarine. Broil until butter melts and blends with Parmesan to make golden crust. Crush bacon and sprinkle on top. Serve at once.