Derby Day Hot Browns

The hot brown was first served at the Louisville, Kentucky Brown hotel in 1926 and became a Derby Day classic ever since.  


  • 6 slices bacon
  • 2 medium tomatoes
  • 2 oz (60 g) sharp cheddar cheese (white or yellow)
  • 1 oz (30 g) fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) butter
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) flour
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
  • 1/8 tsp (.5 mL) pepper
  • 1 cup (250 mL) milk
  • 6 slices sandwich bread
  • 8 oz (250 g) sliced roasted turkey
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) chopped parsley


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Place bacon slices, slightly overlapping in Small Ridged Baker. Cover with parchment paper; microwave on HIGH 5 minutes. Carefully remove baker from microwave using oven mitts; separate bacon. Microwave, covered, on HIGH 2-3 minutes or until bacon is crisp. Transfer bacon to paper towel-lined plate.

  2. Cut tomatoes into thin slices. Halve each slice; set aside.

  3. Using Microplane® Adjustable Coarse Grater, grate both of the chesses; set aside separately.

  4. Melt butter in medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour, salt and pepper. Cook and stir 1-2 minutes or until bubbly. Continue cooking about 1 minute, stirring constantly.

  5. Gradually stir in milk. Cook and stir about 2-3 minutes or until thickened and bubbly. Add cheddar; stir until melted. Remove from heat.

  6. Place bread in a single layer on the Large Bar Pan.

  7. Cover bread slices evenly with turkey, cheese sauce (about 3 tbsp/45 mL per sandwich), and tomato. Cut bacon slices in half, place on sandwiches in a “criss-cross” fashion; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. 

  8. Bake 15-18 minutes or until heated through and Parmesan cheese is light golden brown. Remove from oven and sprinkle with parsley.


  • 6  servings of Sandwiches 

Nutrients per serving:

Calories 370, Total Fat 23 g, Saturated Fat 10 g, Cholesterol 85 mg, Sodium 640 mg, Carbohydrate 17 g, Fiber 1 g, Sugars 4 g, Protein 22 g

Cook's Tips:

To make as appetizers, substitute 12-15 slices cocktail pumpernickel bread. Chop the turkey and stir into sauce; chop cooked bacon slices and sprinkle over tomato. Continue as directed; bake 14 to 16 minutes or until heated through.

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