Going to a Derby party this weekend? Hosting one? None of the above but you just want a really good slider to make? These Kentucky Hot Browns are an obvious choice for the Kentucky Derby. They were originally created in 1926 at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. They would feed late-night revelers at the hotel, which was a hotspot for live music and dancing in the 1920s.
The Hot Brown is a turkey, bacon and tomato sandwich bathed in a cheesy mornay sauce. I’ve turned these into sliders and they are about as irresistible as they come. I will be making these for more than just the Derby.
- 1 pkg. favorite dinner rolls cut in half crosswise
- 2 Tbls. + ¼ cup salted butter
- 2 Tbls. all-purpose flour
- 1½ cups heavy cream
- ⅓ cup Harvarti cheese, shredded
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 8 oz. sliced roasted deli turkey breast
- 8 slices of bacon, cooked and chopped
- 2 roma tomatoes, chopped
- fresh chopped parsley
- In a medium saucepan, melt 2 Tbls. of butter and slowly whisk in flour to make a roux. Continue to cook roux for 2 minutes over medium-low heat, stirring frequently. Whisk in heavy cream and cook over medium heat until the cream begins to simmer and thicken, about 2-3 minutes. Remove sauce from heat and whisk in harvarti cheese. Salt and pepper to taste and set aside.
- Place the minced garlic and the remaining ¼ cup of butter into a small saucepan over medium heat until butter is melted. Arrange the bottom half of the rolls in the bottom of a 13x9-inch baking pan and brush with melted butter. Place turkey evenly over the bottom half of rolls. Pour three-fourths of the sauce over the sandwiches, then top with chopped tomatoes and bacon and top half of roll. Pour the garlic butter sauce over the top of the rolls.
- Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees F for 10-15 minutes until heated through. Garnish with parsley and cut into individual sliders.
- Serve with the remaining cheese sauce for dipping.