What’s For Derby Dinner? Kentucky Hot Browns

Please forgive the picture and just trust me this one’s good!


In honor of the Kentucky Derby this Saturday, I wanted to post a traditional Louisville, Kentucky recipe. I met my hubby the very first weekend I lived in Louisville, which also happened to be day after the Derby (the only one he ever went to . . . I haven’t gone yet!) After we were married we lived in Kentucky for ten years, so it became my home.


While I absolutely love living in Alabama, I do miss Louisville a little, especially during these weeks leading up to Derby. And really, one of the things I miss most about Kentucky is all the great restaurants and my favorite Kentucky foods. (If you haven’t been to Claudia Sanders in Shelbyville, you haven’t seen the real Kentucky Fried Chicken, and don’t even get me started on their yeast rolls . . .) So while this recipe may not be the cheapest menu plan this week, it’s a fun recipe to try for a special occasion! 🙂


Warning – the Kentucky Hot Brown could also be named Heart Attack on a Platter. It is soooooo good, but there isn’t anything good FOR you in it!

Kentucky Hot Brown



  1. 1/2 cup butter or margarine (I used margarine)
  2. 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  3. 3 cups milk
  4. 6 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  5. 1 egg, beaten
  6. 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  7. salt and pepper to taste
  8. 2 pounds sliced roasted turkey $1/1 Oscar Mayer Carving Board Meat Publix Store Coupon, $1/1 Publix Bread when you buy Oscar Mayer Carving Board Meat
  9. 1 tomato, thinly sliced
  10. 8 slices white bread, toasted $1/1 Publix Bread when you buy Oscar Mayer Carving Board Meat
  11. 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  12. 8 slices crispy bacon, cooked Smithfield Naturally Hickory Smoked Bacon, 16 oz, $3.99


Melt butter or margarine over medium heat in stock pot on stove top. Gradually add in flour, stirring constantly. Once flour is mixed in well and slightly browned (SLIGHTLY browned 🙂 ), gradually whisk in milk so that no lumps form. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, then add in 6 tablespoons parmesan cheese. Reduce heat, add in beaten egg (being careful not to boil mixture). Remove from heat and add whipping cream.


In casserole dish, place eight slices toasted bread (may need to use two casserole dishes). Then layer several slices turkey and tomato, cover with sauce and sprinkle with remaining parmesan cheese. Broil under broiler for five minutes, top with bacon, and serve immediately.

Thanks so much to All Recipes for this great recipe and to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups!

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  1. Mmmmm! I wish we could eat those!

  2. Laurie says:

    Could you do them without the bread maybe? Hmmmmm . . . probably not 🙂

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