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One bite of the Kentucky Hot Brown and it’ll become your favorite as well.

Loaded with flavors, this sandwich has turkey, cheese, and bacon on crusty bread. It’s a Kentucky Derby classic. My version of the famous Hot Brown sandwich is sure to please your taste buds.

Kentucky Hot Brown a classic, open-face sandwich recipe. The Kentucky Hot Brown is served hot with a creamy sauce and melted cheese.

Kentucky Hot Brown

This legendary dish is the perfect home for leftover chicken or turkey. A Louisville classic, originally created at the Brown Hotel. This open-face, hot sandwich, the open-face sandwich is a winning combination of turkey, ham, salty bacon, creamy sauce, and cheddar cheese. Top it with a slice of tomato (I was out.) to lighten the palette.

It’s the Béchamel Sauce that makes this sandwich! This cheesy, melty Hot Brown is the sandwich of my dreams. I love this recipe. Basically, I love anything with a white sauce.

I make this in individually sized cast iron skillets because I have the skillets, they’re cute, and I look for any reason to use them.

Ok, they are cute but I really use them because I like individual servings so I don’t have to share!

I’m selfish like that.

My sweet hubby would share anything. He shares his last bite of chocolate cake. You know the piece with all the fudgy icing on it?!

There are some things I share.

Steak? You can have.

Fried chicken? Here. Go enjoy!

I just cannot share a dessert or an ooey, gooey, cheesy pasta, or anything with a white sauce!

Can’t do it. No apologies…..

ingredients for Kentucky Hot Brown

This is what you’ll need:

French bread loaf, ham, turkey, bacon, cheddar cheese (or your favorite cheese), butter, flour, milk, salt, and pepper.

This sandwich would be perfect to serve at your Kentucky Derby party

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Kentucky Hot Brown a classic, open-face sandwich recipe. The Kentucky Hot Brown is served hot with a creamy sauce and melted cheese.

Kentucky Hot Brown

One bite of the Kentucky Hot Brown and it'll become your favorite as well. Loaded with flavors, this sandwich has turkey, cheese, and bacon on crusty bread. #sandwich #hotbrown #ham #cheese #derby #Kentuckyderby
Author: Paula
5 from 21 votes
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 6 servings
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  • 12 slices French bread
  • 6 slices ham
  • 6 slices chicken or turkey
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons flour self-rising or all-purpose
  • 1 cup milk
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1 to 1 ½ cups cheddar cheese shredded


  • Toast the bread slices on both sides. Cook bacon and drain.
  • Melt 2 Tablespoons butter in a saucepan. Whisk in 2 Tablespoons flour. Cook for a couple of minutes. Do not let it brown. Add salt and pepper and stir. Whisk in 1 cup milk and whisk until smooth. Bring the sauce to a boil, then reduce and simmer until thick. Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed.
  • On an oven-safe serving platter or plate lay 2 slices of bread. Top with the ham and chicken (or turkey). Spoon the sauce over the top of the chicken. Spread shredded cheese over the sauce.
  • Bake about 20 minutes at 375°F or until warmed through and the cheese is melted. Remove from oven and top with a slice of bacon cut in half. (Optional: Top with a slice of tomato if desired.) Serve immediately.


Calories: 712kcal | Carbohydrates: 77g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 76mg | Sodium: 1362mg | Potassium: 369mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 466IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 308mg | Iron: 5mg
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  1. 5 stars
    This tasted so amazing! Thanks a lot for sharing this super easy to make recipe! Fam really loves it! Will surely have this again! Highly recommended!

  2. 5 stars
    I love sandwiches, and this is my idea of perfection. Thanks so much for the delicious recipe.

  3. Quick question…how is this open-face sandwiches when they have a slice of bread on top? It looks yummy!!!

    1. The original post I made it with two slices of bread. I didn’t realize at the time it was supposed to be open-face. That was 2 years ago. The updated (larger) picture has only the bottom slice of bread. And you really can’t tell with all the sauce and cheese I piled on.

  4. Looks REALLLY good! I love grilled sandwiches, and bechamel…so I would definitely love these! Pinning…and thank you!

  5. Oh my goodness this looks divine. I love Béchamel on anything! Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday this week. I can't wait to see what you link up next week. Have a wonderful weekend.


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