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Kentucky Hot Brown Casserole

By Paula Deen


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At the Southern Table

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Difficulty: Medium

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Servings: 8



  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups divided shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1 cup shredded extra-sharp white Cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 8 slices thick sandwich bread, toasted
  • 2 pounds thinly sliced turkey
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 8 slices bacon, cooked and halved crosswise
  • Garnish chopped tomatoes
  • Garnish fresh parsley


Preheat oven to broil. Spray a 13×9-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour; cook for 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk; cook, whisking constantly, until thickened, about 6 minutes. Remove from heat, and whisk in 1 cup Swiss, Cheddar, salt, and pepper until melted.

Place bread in prepared pan, overlapping as needed to fit. Top with turkey, cheese sauce, and remaining 1 cup Swiss; sprinkle with paprika.

Broil until cheese is melted and lightly browned, about 4 minutes.

Top with bacon and tomatoes. Garnish with parsley, if desired. Serve immediately.