ArrowDownFill 1arrow-small-lineFill 1Cooking Light - EasyCooking Light - FastCooking Light - So GoodCooking Light - How-ToCooking Light - Staff FaveCooking Light Badge - Wow!GroupClose IconEmailEmpty Star IconLike Cooking Light on FacebookFull Star IconShapePage 1 Copy 3Page 1 Copy 2Grid IconHalf Star IconFollow Cooking Light on InstagramList IconMenu IconPrintSearch IconSpeech BubbleFollow Cooking Light on SnapchatFollow Cooking Light on TwitterWatch Cooking Light on YouTubeplay-iconWatch Cooking Light on Youtube

Kentucky Hot Brown

Photo: Oxmoor House
Total time 11 mins
Yield Serves 2 (serving size: 1 open-faced sandwich)
Hailing from The Brown Hotel in Louisville, this dish was created during the roaring ’20s as a wee-hours-of-the-morning, post-dancing snack. In this lightened version, We've kept the bacon, thick toast, and cheese sauce, which will surely put a smile on your face, any time of the day or night.


  • Sauce:
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup fat-free milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • Sandwiches:
  • 3 ounces sliced oven-roasted turkey breast, warmed
  • 2 (1 1/2-ounce) slices white bread, toasted
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 bacon slices, cooked and drained
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 plum tomato, cut into 4 wedges

Nutrition Information

  • calories 331
  • fat 12 g
  • satfat 6.5 g
  • monofat 3.2 g
  • polyfat 2.2 g
  • protein 24 g
  • carbohydrate 31 g
  • fiber 1.6 g
  • cholesterol 48 mg
  • iron 2.2 mg
  • sodium 868 mg
  • calcium 409 mg

How to Make It

  1. To prepare sauce, melt butter in a medium saucepan. Add flour, stirring well with a whisk. Gradually add milk, pepper, and salt, stirring constantly with a whisk until blended. Place over medium heat; cook until thick (about 5 minutes), stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in cheese.

  2. To prepare sandwiches, layer turkey slices evenly on toast slices; pour sauce evenly over turkey, and sprinkle evenly with paprika. Top with bacon, and sprinkle with parsley. Serve warm with tomato wedges.

Cooking Light Lighten Up, America!