My husband and I are die-hard Kentucky Wildcat Basketball fans. One dish that Kentucky is known for is the Kentucky Hot Brown. Mmm, made with toasted bread topped with slices of turkey and ham and smothered with a rich cheese sauce and topped with crispy bacon and tomato slices.
I’ve tried several recipes and between them all I came up with this recipe. The picture doesn’t show the bacon or tomato…I didn’t have either at the time, but it was still incredibly tasty.
Kentucky Hot Brown (4 servings)
I cut the recipe in half and it’s perfect for the two of us.
1 stick butter
3 1/2 tablespoons flour
3 cups milk
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1 cup cheddar cheese (I use sharp cheddar)
5 dashes Tabasco sauce
2 egg yolks, beaten
6 slices of bread
4 slices crispy fried bacon
Turkey and Ham slices
4 tomato slices
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Fry bacon, set aside. In a heavy saucepan, melt butter on medium heat. Mix in flour until smooth and cook for 2 minutes. Gradually add the milk a little at a time and cook until mixture thickens. Add Tabasco sauce and Parmesan cheese and mix well.
Remove pan from heat. Take out 1/2 cup of sauce and add to the beaten egg yolks and mix well. Stir egg mixture into sauce and add cheese. Mix well until cheese is completely melted.
Toast bread slices. Place one slice in the bottom of 4 oven proof bowls. Top each with the turkey and ham slices. Cut the remaining 2 bread slices diagonally and place one on top of the meat. Cover with sauce, tomato and bacon. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake for 10 – 15 minutes until hot and bubbly.