What is a Hot Brown?
The Hot Brown is a dish made world famous by Chef Fred Schmidt at The Brown Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. He noticed that party goers were needing a pick-me-up after dancing 'til dawn and created this incredibly tasty dish that has spread across the globe.
This is a perfect dish to make using leftover Thanksgiving turkey, especially if you're getting tired of plain ol' sandwiches. Since, like many of you, we had a very small Thanksgiving this year but still had a ton of food, this was a great way to put more of it to good use.
I made a couple of alterations to the original recipe. In the classic version, the Mornay sauce calls for using a cup of heavy cream and a cup of whole milk. Instead, I used 2 cups of skim milk because I had some in my fridge and I wanted to see if I could tone down the heaviness and richness of the sauce. I was afraid that the sauce wouldn't thicken up properly when reducing the fat content by so much, but my fears were unfounded. My sauce was very thick, luscious, and delicious. No doubt the classic version is decadent with the use of heavy cream, but I didn't feel like we were missing anything at all by making this substitution.
The second alteration I made was to use thick slices of Italian bread instead of Texas Toast, and I left the crusts on instead of cutting them off. I think you could really use any kind of bread base in this recipe and it'd be yummy. I left the crusts on because I like those crunchy bits!
I made a couple of the toasts more kid-friendly (at least to my own kids) and left off the tomato slices. Then I cut the finished product into smaller bites to make it easier for them to eat.
Whatever personal twists you put on your Hot Browns, it's a delicious combination of flavors and is simple to prepare. Enjoy!Print
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