December 9, 2013

Daddy's Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwich

This Thanksgiving we made a a ton of food, as usual, and since there were only 5 of us (and a baby!) eating, we had lots of leftovers. No biggie though, Thanksgiving leftovers are my favorite and every year my Dad makes his legendary Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwiches with the leftover turkey, gravy, and mashed potatoes.Not sure where he learned the recipe but I am assuming our family, including his two sister's in Kentucky showed him the famous sandwich from Louisville, KY.
 These loaded, hearty sandwiches are served open faced and piled high with mashed potatoes, turkey, bacon, cheese, tomatoes, and gravy. Oh, and more cheese! Jeez, eat one of these and you will be full for the rest of the day. Just like eating a Thanksgiving Day meal!
Be sure to check out my other recipes from this Thanksgiving below!


Makes 6 open faced sandwiches
  • 6 slices of bread, toasted
  • 12 thick cut slices of turkey
  • 3-4 cups of mashed potatoes
  • 1 beefsteak tomato, sliced
  • 2 cups gravy (we use brown, but turkey gravy is also tasty)
  • 12 slices bacon, cooked crisp
  • 3 cups shredded cheese (I used mixed or Cheddar)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Lay 6 slices of toasted bread on a baking sheet.
  3. Spread approx 1/2 cup (or more if you want!) of mashed potatoes on top of each bread slice.
  4. Top with 2 slices of turkey on each.
  5. Add 1/4 cup shredded cheese on top of turkey.
  6. Add two slices crisp bacon, crisscrossed on top.
  7. Add one or two thick slices of tomato on top.
  8. Now add a ladle of gravy on each.
  9. Finally add remaining shredded cheese on top of each.
  10. Bake in the oven for about 10-15 min or until warmed through and the cheese is melted.
  11. Serve warm with additional gravy on top if you would like!
 Save room for dessert  (hahahaha just kidding!)
Ava and Dad ("Papa" to her) watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
The beautiful purple bouquet Ashton had delivered for Ava and I. We are so lucky to have him in our lives! Thanksgiving Day was nice but not the same without him!
Ava's stayed still for 2.5 seconds so I could snap this pic of her and the sign for her Daddy (and the pumpkin and her turkey hat!). 

Leftover sliced roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, and brown gravy make up the base of this open faced sandwich.
Bacon makes everything better, right?

To make the sandwiches:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
Start with sliced, toasted bread on a baking sheet.
Top with mashed potatoes, turkey, shredded cheese, crisp bacon, tomato slices, gravy, and more cheese.
Bake for 10-15 minutes until melted. 
Top with additional gravy and serve warm with a fork and knife to dig in.
This is some filling you don't really need a side, it's a one dish kinda meal!
 The perfect comfort food on a cold night! No leftovers? Deli sliced turkey is just as good!

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