“California” Kentucky Hot Brown

hot brown

The Kentucky Hot Brown sounds like the greatest sandwich on earth! During my Kentucky Derby research, I stumbled across the Kentucky Hot Brown and felt like it would be a must at any “at home” derby party!

It typical Haylie fashion, I made it my own and turned it “California” by serving it open faced and adding avocado…like any good Southern California girl would do!

*I also love the idea of serving these as individual sliders and using Hawaiian rolls…maybe even crumbling the bacon on top? Feel free to play around with the Hot Brown and make it your own!

Total Time: 20 Mins
Prep Time: 10 Mins
Cook Time: 10 Mins

1 loaf crusty french bread
1/2 lb fresh roast turkey breast
A couple piece of good bacon (think 2-3 per sandwich)
1 avocado
1-2 ripe tomatoes (depending on size)
5 fresh sprigs of chives

cheese sauce

Make a parmesan sauce:
2 tb butter
2 tb flour
1 cup 1 % milk
1/2 c freshly grated parmesan
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp white pepper
pinch paprika and good sprinkle or nutmeg


To make the cheese sauce:
Melt butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Sprinkle 2 Tbsp of flour into the melted butter, whisking constantly. Cook, whisking constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute or until mixture is golden and lumpy. Then, slowly whisk in the milk, and bring to a boil. Cook, whisking constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until thickened.
Add Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, paprika and keep whisking until smooth. Remove from heat, and use immediately.

hot brown

I like using white pepper so that you don’t see all the black flecks, but if you just have black pepper it does the trick too!


Sandwich assembly:
Cheese Sauce
Top with a sprinkling of fresh chives!

Happy Derby everyone!