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Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwiches


Ingredients for Sauce:

  • 4 T butter
  • 6-8 T white Flour
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1 T kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • 8 oz grated white cheddar
  • 1-2 oz grated parmesan
  • dash cayenne

Breading ingredients:

  • 1 cup white flour
  • 1 T Tony Chachere’s
  • 1 T kosher salt
  • 1 tsp garlic granules

Other Ingredients:

  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large turkey breast fat and skin removed
  • 6 slices bacon cooked until brown
  • chives as needed minced
  • sliced shallots 1/8″
  • tomatoes cubed
  • canola oil for frying
  • hearty fresh made white bread from bakery- toasted until brown


  • 1.5 oz. of your favorite bourbon we used Bulleit—met latest generation at this year’s Derby party in Austin
  • 1.5 oz. ginger beer we like one by Maine Root with real ginger and not much else—a nice bite to it, organic and sustainable
  • squeeze of lime


Sauce: Melt butter in small sauce pan and add flour, stirring with a whisk. Stir until paste forms.

  1. Add milk and stir until smooth. As the sauce heats it will thicken. Keep some milk on hand to thin as necessary.
  2. Add cheese, salt, and spices stirring constantly.
  3. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. Other: Remove turkey breast from package and place between two layers of plastic wrap. Using meat mallet beat until 1/4 inch thin.
  5. Cut turkey into three equal pieces.
  6. Place turkey in bowl with buttermilk.
  7. Mix breading ingredients in bowl and set aside.
  8. Remove turkey from milk and add to breading bowl. Coat entire breast.
  9. Place in deep fryer and fry at 350 degrees for approximately 3-5 minutes.
  10. Remove from fryer and drain grease.
  11. Add small amount of buttermilk to sliced shallots then drain.
  12. Toss in flour mixture and deep fry until golden brown. Set aside.
  13. Assembling Hot Brown: Turn on oven broiler.
  14. Place toasted bread in oven safe dish.
  15. Top with fried turkey breast.
  16. Ladle on 4-6 oz of cheese sauce until bread and turkey is covered.
  17. Broil until bubbly and golden, then remove from oven.
  18. Garnish with tomatoes, chives, fried shallots, and bacon.
  19. Enjoy with a cold Bourbon cocktail (See recipe below)

Cocktail Recipe:

  1. In a small glass with crushed ice, combine the cocktail ingredients and stir gently. Garnish with a sliver of lime on the rim: