Hot Brown Panini

Beth Dreiling Hontzas

This richly delicious sandwich was inspired by reader Julie Morgan's recipe for a Kentucky classic.

Yield: Makes 8 servings
Recipe from Southern Living

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  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 16 (1/2-inch-thick) Italian bread slices
  • 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded Swiss cheese, divided
  • 3 cups chopped cooked chicken or turkey
  • 4 plum tomatoes, sliced
  • 3 cups warm White Cheese Sauce, divided
  • 13 cooked bacon slices, crumbled


  1. 1. Brush melted butter evenly on 1 side of 16 bread slices. Place, butter sides down, on wax paper.
  2. 2. Sprinkle 1 Tbsp. Swiss cheese on top of each of 8 bread slices; top evenly with chicken, tomato slices, and 1 cup warm White Cheese Sauce. Sprinkle with bacon and remaining cheese, and top with remaining bread slices, butter sides up.
  3. 3. Cook sandwiches, in batches, in a preheated panini press 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with remaining 2 cups warm White Cheese Sauce for dipping.
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