There are certain things about Kentucky that I just absolutely love. (Half of my list is food for a reason. If you haven’t noticed, I enjoy food a lot. Really, most of these deserve their own post.)
- Kentucky Basketball
- Pristine white fences lining lush green hills
- Thoroughbred Horses (of course)
- Watching the Derby
- Chocolate Covered Grapes from Old Kentucky Chocolates
- Derby Pie
- RiverRat Beer Cheese
But one of my very favorite things in all of Kentucky is a good ol’ Hot Brown. Traditionally made with turkey, cheese, tomato, bacon, and sometimes even mushrooms, I tweaked the recipe to better suit my tastes and to save some time.
Kentucky Hot Brown Casserole
adapted from a Food Network recipe to suit my tastes
1 stick butter
6 T. flour
3¼ C. milk
1 egg, beaten
6 T. Parmesan cheese
Turkey (or Rotisserie Chicken), shredded
6 slices toast
6 slices bacon, fried and crumbled
Shredded cheddar cheese
Melt butter and add enough flour to make a reasonably thick roux (enough to absorb all the butter). Add milk and parmesan cheese. Add egg to thicken sauce, but don’t boil. Remove from heat.
In a well-greased 9×13” casserole dish, layer 6 slices toast, followed by a layer of shredded turkey (or chicken). Cover in sauce and top with cheese and bacon. Bake at 350* for about 15 minutes or until bubbly.