A Kentucky tradition since its creation in 1926.

The Kentucky hot brown sandwich has been a tradition since its creation in 1926. Fred K. Schmidt, a chef for Louisville’s Brown Hotel, initially made the dish for patrons to enjoy after an evening of dinner and dancing. 

The open-face sandwich starts with a slice of toast. The toast is the base for layers of turkey, sliced tomatoes, a Parmesan cheese sauce (Mornay), and extra grated Parmesan cheese. Place the sandwich on an oven-safe pan or dish and broil it just until the cheese is bubbly and browned. For a traditional hot brown, place two strips of bacon on it just before serving.

This version uses a combination of Parmesan and cheddar cheese.

Make these sandwiches for a sandwich supper or luncheon, or prepare them for a game-day snack.


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese (grated)
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese (grated, divided)
  • 8 slices toast (crusts trimmed)
  • 1 pound turkey (deli or leftover, cooked turkey, thinly sliced)
  • 4 slices tomato (more if small)
  • 8 strips bacon (crisply cooked and drained)

teps to Make It


  1. Gather the ingredients.

Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the flour and stir until smooth and bubbly.

Add milk, salt, Worcestershire sauce, cheddar cheese, and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, until thick and bubbly.

Cut the trimmed toast in half diagonally and place on a baking sheet (or use individual baking dishes).

Arrange turkey slices on the toast and cover with hot cheese sauce.

Top with tomato slices and sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese evenly over the sandwiches.

Place them under the broiler until hot and bubbly and lightly browned.

Top each sandwich with two strips of crispy bacon, placed in the shape of an “X.”

Serve and enjoy!

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