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How to Make Kentucky Derby Hot Brown Sandwich Recipe

Follow these step-by-step instructions on how to make a delicious hot brown sandwich, similar to what is served at the Kentucky Derby. The secret ingredient? Cheese!

A step-by-step guide on how to make delicious and traditional Kentucky hot brown sandwiches, perfect for your next Kentucky Derby party.  

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So grab some ingredients and get cooking! You’ll be glad you did.  

Today, I am sharing How to Make Kentucky Derby Hot Brown Sandwich Recipe.

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How to Make delicious Kentucky Derby Hot Brown Sandwiches

The Hot Brown Sandwich consists of an open-faced turkey sandwich with turkey breast and bacon, covered in a creamy Mornay sauce and Parmesan cheese, then baked or broiled until the bread is crisp and the Mornay sauce begins to brown.

This sandwich was invented by Fred K. Schmidt at the historic Brown Hotel in Louisville almost 100 years ago and has since become a staple at the Kentucky Derby festivities. 

Have you ever gone to the Kentucky Derby?

It is so much fun.

More than 140 years old, the Kentucky Derby is steeped in tradition.

Can’t go to the Kentucky Derby?

Why not have a Derby Party.

Keep reading for instructions on how to cook that delicious hot brown sandwich.

The recipe is delicious and will really impress your friends at the party.

The Kentucky Hot Brown sliders is a great recipe for hosting a Kentucky Derby party or any gathering with friends and family. It’s a crowd-pleaser that’s easy to make and sure to impress your guests. 

Don’t forget to serve up some mint juleps and don your best Kentucky Derby hat to complete the festivities!

What is a Hot Brown Sandwich?

This traditional Sandwich is a classic in the Bluegrass state and at the Kentucky Derby or Derby Day as the locals call it.

I took the liberty of using the top and bottom of a Hawaiian roll. It is much easier to eat as a sandwich and the sweetness of the rolls adds another layer of flavor.

I also chose not to add tomatoes, as the crowd that I was feeding doesn’t really like tomatoes.

Feel free to make this recipe fit your families likes.

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How to Make delicious Kentucky Derby Hot Brown Sandwiches.

Follow these easy steps to make your own Hot Browns at home.

To make this mouth-watering sandwich, you’ll need sliced turkey, bacon slices, Hawaiian rolls (or any bread slices you prefer), sharp cheddar cheese, Parmesan cheese, butter, whole milk, fresh tomatoes, fresh parsley, flour, garlic, nutmeg, salt, and pepper. 

Don’t let this list of ingredients intimidate you, this recipe is so quick and easy to make.   Your friends and family are going to love it

What is The Kentucky Derby?

The Kentucky Derby is a horse race held annually in Louisville, Kentucky, almost always on the first Saturday in May, capping the two-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival.

The competition is a Grade I stakes race for three-year-old Thoroughbreds at a distance of one and a quarter miles at Churchill Downs.

Churchill Downs is a horse racing complex famed for hosting the annual Kentucky Derby.

It officially opened in 1875 and was named for Samuel Churchill, whose family was prominent in Kentucky for many years.

Are you hosting a Kentucky Derby party this year?

If so, you’ll definitely want to serve up some of these delicious hot brown sandwiches. They’re the perfect combination of savory and cheesy, and they always go over well with guests.

Here are some more great recipes to serve at your Derby Day party:

How to Make the Classic Mint Julep of Kentucky Derby

How to Make a Delicious Banana Pudding Parfait

A Delicious Gooey Butter Cake Recipe That’s Perfect for Any Occasion

How to Make a Beautiful Blackberry and Avocado Salad

Tomato Marmalade Salad – Easy & Delicious!

Plus, they’re really easy to make, so you can focus on enjoying your party instead of cooking in the kitchen.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Butter a baking dish. Add in the bottom half of the dinner rolls.
  • Fold deli turkey onto roll.
  • For the delicate mornay sauce, place a small saucepan on medium heat. Melt 1 T. butter. Slowly stir in flour. Mix well.Slowly whisk in milk, until smooth.
  • Stir in salt, pepper and nutmeg. Cook until sauce thickens. Remove from heat.
  • Stir in cheeses until smooth.
  • Add turkey to the rolls.
  • Add Mornay/cheese sauce onto turkey. It’s more than fine to let it pour over the roll.
  • Add a slice of tomato, bacon and tops of rolls.
  • In a small bowl, melt 4 T. butter. Add garlic, parsley, salt and pepper. Brush tops of the rolls with butter sauce.
  • Cover baking dish with foil.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until cheese sauce is bubbly. Remove foil and bake another 5 minutes until the tops of the sliders are golden brown.
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Step 1: Grate cheese and chop fresh parsley.

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Step 2: Butter a baking dish. Place the bottom half of King’s Hawaiian rolls in the dish, top with sliced turkey.

What are some Kentucky Derby traditions?

The long-standing Derby traditions are the drinking of mint juleps (an iced cocktail consisting of bourbon, mint, and sugar), the wearing of ornate hats by female spectators, and the raucous partying that takes place in the track’s infield, as well as eating the classic Derby food.

The Kentucky Derby was long ago dubbed “The Run for the Roses.”

For the garland, more than 400 of the red flowers are sewn on a green satin blanket and draped around the neck of the victorious horse in the winner’s circle.

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The ingredients for the Mornay sauce.
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How to Make delicious Kentucky Derby Hot Brown Sandwiches.

Step 3: Make the Mornay Sauce.

Step 4: Make butter sauce.

Warm traditional hot brown sandwiches

Step 5: Top turkey with Mornay sauce, bacon and tomatoes. Add tops of rolls. Spread the tops with butter sauce.

Step 6: Bake until golden brown.

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Delicious Kentucky Derby Hot Brown Sandwiches

Renae Frey
Follow these step-by-step instructions on how to make a delicious hot brown sandwich, similar to what is served at the Kentucky Derby. The secret ingredient? Cheese!
A step-by-step guide on how to make delicious and traditional hot brown sandwiches, perfect for your next Kentucky Derby party.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer, Snack
Servings 9 Servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 package Hawaiian rolls
  • 1 lb. Turkey Breast, sliced
  • 8 slices Bacon, cooked slices or crumbled
  • 1 c Sharp white cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 c Parmesan cheese
  • 5 T Butter
  • 1 c Milk
  • 2 Tomatoes, sliced or diced
  • 1/2 t Fresh Parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 T Flour
  • 1/4 t Garlic, minced
  • 1/4 t Nutmeg
  • Salt and Pepper

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Butter a baking dish. Add in the bottom half of the rolls.
  • Fold turkey onto roll.
  • Place a medium sized saucepan on medium heat. Melt 1 T. butter. Slowly stir in flour. Mix well.Slowly whisk in milk, until smooth.
  • Stir in salt, pepper and nutmeg. Cook until sauce thickens. Remove from heat.
  • Stir in cheeses until smooth.
  • Add turkey to the rolls.
  • Add Mornay/cheese sauce onto turkey. It’s more than fine to let it pour over the roll.
  • Add tomatoes, bacon and tops of rolls.
  • In a small bowl, melt 4 T. butter. Add garlic, parsley, salt and pepper. Brush tops of the rolls with butter sauce.
  • Cover baking dish with foil.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until cheese sauce is bubbly. Remove foil and bake another 5 minutes until the tops of the sliders are golden brown.
  • Enjoy.
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Rachel

Saturday 16th of April 2022

Renae, These sound so delicious. I've pinned for a future Kentucky Derby Party. I'd love to share a link on my Sunday, Dirt Road Adventures. Thanks so much.

Renae Frey

Thursday 21st of April 2022

Thank you so much for sharing this post. I really appreciate you. Hugs to you.

Joanne

Saturday 16th of April 2022

These sound delicious! I have never heard of these before though I have definitely heard (and watched!) the Kentucky Derby.

Heidi

Friday 15th of April 2022

I am totally making this!!! Thank you for sharing, I can’t wait to make this for the family!

Renae Frey

Tuesday 20th of September 2022

Yay! They will love it.

Tammy

Thursday 14th of April 2022

Renae, anything on a Hawaiian roll with bacon gets a seal of approval. I will have to try adding bacon to my sliders the next time. It sounds so yummy!

Renae Frey

Thursday 14th of April 2022

I couldn't agree more. Hugs to you, my friend.