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Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwich

Discover the classic taste of Kentucky with this irresistible Kentucky Hot Brown sandwich. Layered with roast turkey, crisp bacon, and a creamy Mornay sauce, it’s perfect for brunch, lunch, or dinner.

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There are sandwiches, and then there are sandwiches. Like the New Orleans muffuletta and the infamous pimento cheese sandwich served during Augusta Nationals in Georgia, the Kentucky Hot Brown sandwich ranks right up there in sandwich lore. If you consider yourself a die-hard sandwich lover, keep reading.

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The Hot Brown is a decadent open-faced turkey sandwich covered in a rich cheesy Mornay sauce, topped with pieces of crispy bacon and fresh tomatoes, then broiled until toasted. It originated in 1926 at the historic Brown Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. The ballroom of the hotel was a favorite spot for music lovers, dancers and late-night revelers who would stop in at the hotel restaurant for a bite to eat after a night out on the town. Chef Fred Schmidt noticed his guests were growing tired of the traditional menu items, so he decided to invent a completely new dish, aptly named the Hot Brown after the hotel.

Today, the hotel sells between 400-500 of its signature dish per week. Louisville is

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