The Louisville Hot Brown

On our latest trip to Louisville, I was once again able to sample the local foods.  So, for lunch with Aunt Joan,  it was the “Louisville Hot Brown”.

Louisville Hot Brown

A Hot Brown is a hot sandwich originally created at the Brown Hotel in Louisville.  The Brown Hotel (formerly the Camberley Brown Hotel) is a historic 16-story hotel in downtown Louisville on the corner of Fourth and Broadway.  The hotel opened in 1923 and was funded and owned by James Graham Brown, a local entrepreneur. In 1926 the hotel chef Fred K. Schmidt introduced the Hot Brown sandwich, consisting of an open-faced “sandwich” of turkey and bacon smothered with mornay sauce, cheese and tomato.  It has been a local staple ever since.  On menus, the Hot Brown often appears as”Louisville Hot Brown”, or “Kentucky Hot Brown” or simply as “Hot Brown.” And the ingredients vary slightly from place to place.   At KTs restaurant, all that turkey, sauce, bacon, tomatoes and cheese is piled on a croissant. Their menu shows this….

Hot Brown

An old Louisville tradition prepared KT’s style, with sliced turkey, strips of bacon and fresh tomatoes, atop our croissant smothered with special cheese sauce. 10.99




I doubt you can find the recipe on the weight watchers website, but I think if its just an occasional dietary extravagance it should be ok.

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