A tasty version of the famous Hot Brown sandwich originally created at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky, by Fred K. Schmidt in 1926.
1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped onion
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups milk, warmed
Pinch of cayenne
1 tablespoon dry sherry
3/4 cup shredded extra-sharp cheddar
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
4 slices of homemade-type white bread, toasted lightly
1/2 pound cooked turkey breast, sliced thin
8 thin slices of tomato
8 slices of cooked bacon
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- In a small saucepan cook the onion in the butter over medium-low heat, until softened, stir in the flour, and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Slowly pour in warmed milk, stirring constantly. Cook until sauce has thickened to desired consistency.
- Remove saucepan from heat, add the cayenne, sherry and cheddar, stirring until the mixture is smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Arrange the toasts in a baking pan and divide the turkey among them. Top each sandwich with 2 tomato slices and 2 slices of the bacon and spoon the sauce evenly over the sandwiches. Sprinkle the sandwiches with the Parmesan.
- Broil sandwiches under a preheated broiler about 4-inches from the heat for 5 to 7 minutes, or until the tops are brown and bubbly.
Makes 4 servings.