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
Course any meal
Cuisine American/Southern
Keyword cheese, cream sauce, ham, sandwich
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 servings
Calories 712kcal
Author Paula Jones


  • 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