The Kentucky Hot Brown is a legendary dish developed in the 1920's by Chef Fred Schmidt at The Brown Hotel in Louisville, KY.
There are a gazillion versions of the Hot Brown served in Kentucky restaurants, but basically, it is an open-faced turkey sandwich with tomatoes, bacon and Mornay sauce baked in an individual dish. You can find the original recipe on the hotel's web site. My favorite version includes a slice of Kentucky country ham in addition to the turkey.
I took the above photo at the Kentucky Artisan Center Cafe. I chose southern green beans and corn pudding as my side dishes.
By the way, nine-year-old A. J. ate my corn pudding and the roll. He is growing by leaps and bounds and appears to be taller every morning these days!
Kentucky Derby week is an exciting time in our beautiful state!
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