Kentucky’s Legendary Brown Sandwich
For bacon preparation :
boneless turkey breast, with skin (2lbs)
tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
kosher salt as per taste
freshly grounded black pepper as per taste
For sauce preparation :
tablespoons of butter, unsalted
cup of all-purpose flour
cups of milk
cup of shredded Cheddar
cup of grated pecorino
pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
For sandwich preparation :
thick slices of bread, toasted
large tomatoes, sliced
pinch sweet paprika
chopped fresh parsley
slices cooked bacon
How to Make Kentucky's Legendary Brown Sandwich
For the turkey bacon
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Gently rub the whole turkey breast with olive oil and generously sprinkle salt and pepper on the meat.
- Place the turkey on a roasting pan and cook until it begins to brown, about 50 minutes.
- Increase the heat to 420° F and roast until the skin gets golden and crispy
- Take out the turkey from the oven and allow it to cool.
- Cut the cooked turkey breast into thick slices of about 1/4th of an inch.
For the sauce
- Put butter and flour in a sauce pan and cook them over medium heat for 5minutes while stirring continuously.
- The roux will be slight golden in color.
- Raise the heat to medium-high and add the milk in the mixture.
- Whisk thoroughly for about 5 minutes until the sauce gets thicken.
- Season the batter with salt and pepper as per your taste.
- Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the Cheddar, pecorino and nutmeg.
For the sandwich
- Preheat the broiler.
- Lay down the thick bread slices on a large pan.
- Equally top the sliced turkey over the bread.
- Layer with the bacon, sliced tomatoes and pecorino.
- Now generously pour down the thick sauce over the sandwiches.
- Broil the sandwiches until the sauce turns a bit brownish, about 5 minutes.
- Transfer the sandwiches to a plate and sprinkle with the paprika and parsley.
The brown sandwich was first introduced at the Brown hotel in 1920’s by a chef named Fred K. Schmidt in Louisville, Kentucky. He came up with this idea to feed the late night revelers at the hotel.