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Open faced turkey hot brown sandwiches on sheet pan with cheese sauce.

Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwich

Kentucky Hot Brown open-faced sandwiches ~ turkey, tomatoes, cheese sauce and bacon on white toast.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Kentucky derby hot brown sandwich, Kentucky derby hot brown turkey sandwich, Kentucky hot brown, Kentucky hot brown sandwich
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 servings
Calories 948kcal



  • cups whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups shredded white cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • A couple dashes of hot sauce
  • Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper


  • 12 slices of thick-cut bacon
  • 2 tomatoes, cut into 6 ¼-inch thick slices
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked pepper
  • 6 ½-inch slices of white sandwich bread, preferably day-old (I used an Italian white sandwich bread called Baker's Bread)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces, softened
  • 12 slices roast turkey breast, sliced thick
  • cups shredded white cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup grated Parmigiano


  • In small saucepan, bring milk to a simmer. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter and then add the flour and whisk for a minute. Gradually add the hot milk, whisking constantly, and bring to a boil. Cook and whisk until thickened, about 5 minutes or so. Remove from heat and add the cheddar and parmesan cheeses, whisk until melted and smooth. Add the nutmeg and hot sauce and season with salt and pepper. Cover and set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 425º. Arrange bacon on a rack over a sheet pan and bake until crisp, about 30 minutes (or fry on the stove, both ways make a mess!).
  • Preheat the broiler and arrange tomato slices on a sheet pan, drizzle with canola oil, and some salt and pepper. Broil 6 inches from heat, 1 to 2 minutes per side, until lightly charred.
  • Arrange 6 slices of bread on a baking sheet. Spread ½ tablespoon of butter on each slice. Broil until lightly toasted. Watch very carefully so it doesn't burn. Takes about a minute. Flip bread and lightly toast other side.
  • Top each toast with 2 slices of turkey and a tomato slice. Spoon the cheese sauce on top and sprinkle remaining cheddar and parmesan evenly over the top. Broil until cheese is melted, golden brown and bubbly, about 2 to 4 minutes.
  • Transfer sandwiches to platter, or keep on sheet pan, and top each hot brown with 2 slices of bacon.


This an amazing open face sandwich that requires a fork and knife!


Calories: 948kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 76g | Saturated Fat: 34g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 23g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 163mg | Sodium: 1546mg | Potassium: 478mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1566IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 739mg | Iron: 7mg