Kentucky Hot Brown Casserole

B*tchin Barb’s Hot Brown Casserole

smoked shredded turkey, toasted bread, bacon, cheese



B*tchin Barb’s Hot Brown Casserole

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  • Butter 
  • Flour
  • Milk
  • Heavy Cream
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Extra Sharp White Cheddar
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Thick cut Sandwich Bread
  • Turkey
  • Bacon
  • Tomato
  • Paprika
  • Parsley


First off, Barb ain’t nobody’s b*tch and she’s not a b*tch, she’s B*TCHIN’!  Do I have to explain what B*tchin‘ means?

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But I digress.  When Barb invited us all over to a Kentucky Derby party, she asked for traditional apps, drinks, and desserts.  I chose a Kentucky Hot Brown Casserole and an Oaks Lily inspired cocktail (now known as the Cuss Kitchen® Lusty Lilly).  I had saved leftover smoked turkey (see the CK Rubbed & Smoked Fowl) .  It was stashed it in the freezer, so it was ready to go for this delicious Hot Brown Casserole.



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What is a Kentucky Hot Brown?

The Hot Brown is an open-faced Texas Toast sandwich originating from the Brown Hotel, in Louisville, Kentucky. 

Chef Fred Schmidt created the Hot Brown.  It featured thick-sliced roast turkey, crispy bacon, and Roma tomato slices, and covered in a  cheesy Mornay sauce.  

This beautiful turkey sandwich is then put under a broiler and finished with pecorino Romano, parsley and paprika.  It is served hot, golden brown and bubbly!  A slice of heaven! 

The open-faced turkey sandwich has been part of the American Culinary scene since 1926.


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What is Mornay sauce?

Mornay sauce is a French bechamel with the addition of cheese.  The cheese sauce is smooth and usually features Gruyere cheese and sometimes Parmesan.


Why is the Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwich recipe associated with the Kentucky Derby?

The Hot Brown is a sandwich that is synonymous with the Derby- as traditional as Bourbon and Bow ties.  Heavy on carbs, the Hot Brown gained a reputation as a great ‘Hang-over’ food, and became a staple at many Derby parties.  

While the original, is still served at the historic Brown Hotel, over 40 restaurants in the Louisville area serve new versions on the famous Kentucky Hot Browns recipe


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Kentucky Hot Brown Casserole?

This Kentucky Hot Brown Casserole is a tasty twist on the nostalgic favorite.  It features smoked turkey, bacon, and a cheesy mornay sauce that includes Swiss cheese.  

The roasted turkey, crispy bacon, tomato and creamy Mornay sauce over Texas Toast puts this casserole at the top of the ‘Favorite Comfort Food’ lists. 

It is super easy to prepare for a crowd, a delicious main dish, and a great way to use left-over turkey.

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Kentucky Hot Brown Casserole
4.93 from 68 votes

B*tchin' Barb's Hot Brown Casserole

A modern twist on a Kentucky Hot Brown. This savory casserole is perfect for brunch or celebrating the Derby.
Prep Time30 minutes
Active Time25 minutes
Total Time55 minutes
Course: Brunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bitchin Batb's casserole, Breakfast Casserole, Hot Brown casserole, Hot Brown Casserole recipe, Left over turkey recipe, mornay sauce, Parm, swiss, Turkey, Turkey Casserole Recipe, white cheddar
Yield: 10
Calories: 626kcal
Author: Juanita Banq


  • 1 11x13 casserole dish


  • ½ c unsalted butter - 1 stick
  • ¼ c flour - may not need full amount
  • 1 c whole milk
  • c heavy cream
  • 2 c shredded Parmesan (divided) - can substitute swiss cheese
  • c shredded extra sharp white cheddar
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 8 slices thick cut sandwich bread
  • 2 lbs shredded turkey - smoked is the bomb
  • 8 slices bacon - cooked and chopped
  • 1 chopped tomato
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • rough chopped parsley - for garnish


  • Preheat oven 375°
  • Toast bread, rough cut and place in bottom of butter casserole dish
  • Top toast with shredded turkey
  • In a large sauce pan, make a rue by melting butter and slowly adding in flour, just to thicken it.
  • When rue is a light golden color, add in milk, cream, 1 cup of Parmesan, white cheddar, salt & pepper
  • Once all the cheese is melted, pour over turkey and bread.
  • Sprinkle bacon, other half of the Parmesan and chopped tomatoes over mixture.
  • Sprinkle the paprika on the top.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, until it is hot throughout.


This is a perfect recipe to use all the left over turkey from Easter.


Serving: 1c | Calories: 626kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 174mg | Sodium: 1102mg | Potassium: 484mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1277IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 405mg | Iron: 2mg

7 Responses

  1. 5 stars
    I love the Hot Brown so I tried this. My family loved it. I will not be waiting until the Derby to make again. So good

  2. 5 stars
    I chose this recipe to use up my left over turkey…Pleasantly surprised with how good this was. Recommend

  3. Can I make this ahead of time and bake the next day? If its kept in the fridge over night should I bake it longer?

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