Legendary Hot Brown from the Brown Hotel

Legendary Hot Brown from the Brown Hotel
The Brown Hotel
  • Yield: 2 servings

Though the Brown Hotel makes this recipe for two people, you may want to double the amount of bread, bacon and tomatoes and serve it to four. It’s rich.


1/4cup butter
1/4cup all-purpose flour
2cups heavy cream
1/2cup plus 1 tablespoon grated Pecorino Romano cheese
1/4teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
14ounces sliced roasted turkey breat
2slices thickly sliced bread, crusts trimmed, toasted
4slices cooked bacon
2 Roma tomatoes, sliced into halves
Chopped parsley


  1. Melt butter in a 2-quart saucepan. Whisk in flour until combined. Cook until a thick paste (roux) forms. Continue cooking 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Whisk in heavy cream and cook until mixture begins to simmer, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in 1/2 cup cheese. Add salt and pepper.
  2. For each Hot Brown, place a slice of toast in an oven-safe dish. Cover with turkey. Place tomato halves alongside. Pour sauce over top to completely cover. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Place dish under a broiler and cook until cheese begins to bubble and brown. Remove from broiler, cross 2 pieces of bacon on top, and sprinkle with paprika and parsley. Serve immediately.

Recipe courtesy of the Brown Hotel, Louisville, Ky.