Original Hot Brown


A hot brown sandwich is a broiled, open-face turkey, bacon, tomato, and cheese sandwich. The recipe originally came from the Brown Hotel in Louisville, KY. I have altered it based on how I have had it served in restaurants in Louisville. This is a good way to use leftover turkey from Thanksgiving, and my husband looks forward to it every year.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins



  • ½ cup butter

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 3 cups milk

  • 6 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 egg, beaten

  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream


  • 8 slices white bread, toasted

  • 2 pounds sliced roasted turkey

  • 1 tomato, thinly sliced

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 8 slices crispy bacon


  1. Make sauce: Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour; cook and stir until it begins to brown slightly. Gradually whisk in milk so that no lumps form; bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Mix in Parmesan cheese and stir in beaten egg to thicken; remove from heat and stir in cream.

  2. Preheat the oven's broiler.

  3. Make sandwiches: For each hot brown, place two slices toast into the bottom of an individual-sized casserole dish. Cover with a liberal amount of roasted turkey and tomato slices. Season with salt and pepper; spoon sauce over top of each one and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

  4. Place the dishes under the preheated broiler and cook until speckled brown on top, about 5 minutes. Remove and arrange two slices bacon in a cross shape on top of each sandwich.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

974 Calories
47g Fat
48g Carbs
85g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 974
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 47g 61%
Saturated Fat 25g 127%
Cholesterol 316mg 105%
Sodium 990mg 43%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 17%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 85g
Vitamin C 4mg 22%
Calcium 509mg 39%
Iron 7mg 39%
Potassium 1135mg 24%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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