You don’t have to go to the famous Brown Hotel to enjoy these Kentucky Hot Brown Sliders. These drool-worthy sandwiches are a delicious homemade version of the yummy Hot Brown.
Have you ever had a Hot Brown? This legendary sandwich was made famous at the Brown Hotel in Kentucky. And while I have never been to Kentucky, I have had a version of a Kentucky Hot Brown and I couldn’t wait to recreate the recipe to share with you. This Kentucky Hot Brown Sliders recipe is a perfect dish to make for a quick meal or a party. I like to make sliders if we have a busy evening planned and need a quick meal.
The original Hot Brown is an open-faced sandwich of turkey and bacon, covered in Mornay sauce and baked or broiled until the bread is crisp and the sauce begins to brown. These Kentucky Hot Brown sliders are a twist on the original. And let me tell you this…they are delicious! As I said, you can serve them for game day, a girls night party and an easy family meal.
The Hot Brown originated in the 1920s. The Brown Hotel drew over 1,200 guests each evening for its dinner dance. By the wee hours of the morning, guests would grow weary of dancing and make their way to the restaurant for a bite to eat. Chef Fred Schmidt set out to create something new to tempt his guests’ palates instead of traditional ham and eggs. His unique dish? An open-faced turkey sandwich with bacon and a delicate Mornay sauce. The Hot Brown was born!
So here is my delicious take on the Hot Brown.
- Sandwich Ingredients:
- 1 12-count package Hawaiian Sweet Rolls ((Slice the rolls in half, providing a layer of the tops and a layer of the bottom half. Ensure that the top and bottom of the rolls remain attached so there are two slabs.)
- 1 lb. turkey breast (thinly sliced and divided)
- 12 slices white sharp cheddar cheese
- 8 slices bacon (roughly chopped into 1-inch pieces and fried until crisp)
- 12 tomatoes slices (about 1/4-inch thick)
- Mornay Sauce Ingredients: (makes about 1 cup)
- 3 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 3 tablespoon flour
- 1 1/2 cup whole milk
- Kosher salt and ground black pepper (to taste)
- dash nutmeg
- 1/2 cup cheddar cheese (shredded)
- Butter Glaze Ingredients:
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter (melted)
- 1 tablespoonDijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
- 2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Line a 9x13 pan with parchment paper. Spray with nonstick cooking spray.
- Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.
- Add the flour whisking after each addition.
- Continue to cook over medium heat stirring for 2 minutes. (Do not brown)
- Gradually pour in the milk continuing to whisk as you add it.
- Bring the mixture to a boil, whisking constantly for about 2-3 minutes ( or until thickened).
- Reduce heat to low.
- Slowly add the cheddar cheese.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat
- Add the salt, pepper, and nutmeg.
- Keep warm and set aside.
To Build Sandwiches:
- Place the bottom portion of the rolls on the parchment lined pan.
- Layer 1/2 of the turkey evenly over the rolls.
- Layer the cheddar cheese slices evenly on top of the turkey.
- Sprinkle the bacon on top of the cheese covered turkey slices.
- Top this with the tomato slices. (a slice on each roll)
- Carefully spread the Mornay sauce over the tomatoes.
- Add another even layer of the rest of the turkey slices.
- Put the top half of the buns over the second layer of sliced turkey.
- Set aside.
- Whisk the melted butter, Dijon mustard, poppy seeds, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper together in a small bowl until well combined.
- Gradually pour this mixture evenly over top of rolls.
- Place aluminum foil over the pan.
- Let the pan stand at room temperature for 10 minutes.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.( or until cheese is melted.)
- Remove the foil.
- Return the pan to the oven and continue to cook for 5 minutes. (or until the top has lightly browned)
- Cut into individual sliders.
- Serve immediately
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