I love celebrating the Kentucky Derby or really just watching the horse races. I have fond memories of going to the horse track (not in Kentucky), with my dad. We would walk around, look at all the horses, read the information sheet together, and he would let me pick out my horse to win. I always bet on name or color of the jockey’s outfit. As I got older, I loved the statistics of the information sheets, how they placed in previous races, all of the codes for muddy/rainy. Those are really great memories.
Now, I live in North Carolina and he lives in Texas. We won’t be attending the horse track together, but I know we will both be watching it. I also know, he would love this sandwich. He may take the tomato off, I am not sure of that part, but everything else, he would love.
Let’s talk a little more about the sandwich, named Kentucky Hot Brown. Underneath the bacon, the tomato, and the cheesy bubbly sauce, is the part you can’t see delicious roasted turkey on top of perfectly toasted hearty white bread. This sandwich is dynamite.
This is a festive and easy meal that anyone would love while watching the Kentucky Derby. And, if you are looking for a sweet dessert, look no further, this pie is all you need!
Ingredients: 8 slices of Bacon 1/2 cup of Butter, 1 stick 1/3 cup of Flour, all-purpose 3 1/2 cups of Milk 1 1/2 cup of Parmesan Cheese, divided 1/4 teaspoon of Salt 1/4 teaspoon of Pepper 8 slices of White Bread, hearty 1 lb. of Turkey, sliced 2 Tomatoes, sliced
First, prepare the bacon. I like the bake mine at 400 for about 15-20 minutes , or until crispy, on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Set aside.
Now, make the cheese sauce. Melt the butter in a 3-quart saucepan over medium heat. Sprinkle in the flour and whisk for a minute, pour in the milk and whisk often until it starts bubbling and thickens. Stir in 1/2 cup of the parmesan cheese and the salt and pepper. Set aside.
Next, set your oven to broil, high, and leave the racks in the middle.
Prepare a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Cut off the crust of the bread and place on the baking sheet. Place in the oven for about 30 seconds-1 minute, when the bread browns slightly, flip and brown the other side. Keeping a close eye. Remove from the oven.
Now, you can use the same baking sheet or use individual baking dishes (2 pieces of toast each.) Spray lightly with cooking spray. Place the toast on, divide evenly with turkey, then ladle two large spoonfuls of cheese sauce on each toast, sprinkle the tops with the remaining parmesan cheese. Broil for about 3-5 minutes, keeping a close eye, until the tops start the brown and are bubbly. Remove from the oven and top with a tomato slice and bacon.
Serve immediately with a fork and knife.
Happy Cooking, The Barbee Housewife Source: Southern Living