Have you ever heard of a “Hot Brown?” No? Well here it is. This is a special creation from a chef at The Brown Hotel in Louisville, KY. It is a very old recipe, maybe even considered a historic Recipe, from the historic Brown Hotel.
The basic ingredients are toast points, ham, turkey, bacon, and cheesey sauce. Usually garnished with a couple of tomato slices…and broiled for a few minutes. There is nothing intimidating about this combination. Here is the official recipe from the Brown Hotel website. http://www.brownhotel.com/dining-hot-brown.htm
I have eaten a slightly different version of the Hot Brown at Lure Lodge, at a lake Cumberland State Resort Park. They use “country ham” as opposed to regular ham. Where I come from the ham that you bake for Easter, or buy for ham sandwiches is called “city ham.” Country ham is salt cured, and thus has a saltier, older taste. Country ham is what we use for “ham biscuits” that we serve anytime there is a gathering…from showers, to Christmas buffets, to our Derby party buffet. The beaten biscuit is usually the bread of choice. (I have to admit that I tried making beaten biscuits once and did not feel I did a good job.
Since that time I have been buying mine.)
I ran across a new twist on the Hot Brown recently…and it looks doable. I found this version at http://www.eatathomecooks.com. I noticed that it originally came from Mr.Food.
The Brown Hotel
335 West Broadway
Louisville, Kentucky 40202
A Taste of Kentucky website promotes many food products from the state. You can order items and create gift baskets. http://www.atasteofkentucky.com/shop/penns-penn-hams-whole-country-p-3.html
For more information about country ham, visit the Bon Appetit website.
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