The Cooking Ladies

Louisville Open-Faced Hot Brown Sandwich


(Makes 2 large servings)


2 1/2 tablespoons (37.5 mL) butter
3 tablespoons (45 mL) all purpose flour
3 cups (750 mL) milk
1/8 teaspoon (.625 mL) white pepper
1 1/2 cups (375mL) grated mild cheddar cheese
2 large slices sourdough bread
8 ounces (227 g) thinly sliced smoked turkey
6 slices crisp cooked bacon, chopped small
2 medium fresh tomatoes, chopped small
1/2 cup (125 mL) shredded Parmesan cheese


  • Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Remove from the heat and stir in the flour, whisking constantly until smooth. Continue to whisk while slowly adding the milk.
  • Place the saucepan back over medium heat. Whisk constantly until the sauce is thickened and the flour is cooked.
  • Stir in the white pepper and grated cheddar cheese. Stir until the cheese is completely melted. If the cheese sauce needs to be thinned, add milk 2 tablespoons at a time.
  • Toast the sourdough bread.
  • Divide and layer the turkey slices evenly over the slices of toast.
  • Spoon the cheese sauce over the sliced turkey.
  • Top the cheese sauce with the chopped bacon and chopped tomato.
  • Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese over the bacon and tomato.
  • Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese over the bacon and tomato.
  • Eat with a knife and fork.

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