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Kentucky Hot Brown Boxtys with White Cheddar Sauce

Makes 30 boxtys

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs Russet baking potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 3 cloves garlic peeled
  • 4 oz cream cheese softened and cubed
  • 1/2 freshly grated Parmesan plus more for garnish
  • 3 tbsp butter softened
  • salt and white pepper to taste
  • 3 slices bacon cooked crisp and diced
  • 3/4 lb {1 cup} roasted turkey breast diced
  • 1/2 small tomato diced
  • 1 tbsp chives diced
  • 3 eggs beaten
  • 3 cups seasoned panko breadcrumbs
  • canola or vegetable oil for frying

For the cheese sauce:

  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup shredded white cheddar cheese
  • salt/white pepper to taste
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg

Instructions

  • In a large pot, add the potatoes and garlic and cover with water.
  • Season the water with salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then lower to a simmer.
  • Cook the potatoes until fork tender, about 15 minutes.
  • Drain, discarding garlic, and remove from heat.
  • Add potatoes to a large mixing bowl along with cream cheese, butter, and Parmesan.
  • Mix with a hand mixer until fluffy. Season with salt and white pepper.
  • Mix in bacon, Parmesan, and turkey to the potatoes.
  • Using a small ice cream scoop, section out mashed potatoes into balls on a baking sheet.
  • Place the baking sheet in the freezer for 30 minutes so they will be easier to handle.
  • Heat oil in a large saucepan or cast iron skillet over med-high.
  • Place beaten egg in one bowl and seasoned bread crumbs in another.
  • Dip potatoes in egg then bread crumb mixture then place in hot oil, about 4 at a time.
  • Fry for just 30 seconds to a minute, until crispy brown.
  • Drain on a paper towel,
  • Serve boxtys warm, garnished with additional Parmesan cheese and with cheddar dipping sauce on the side.

For the cheese sauce:

  • Make a roux by melting butter in a small saucepan and whisking in flour.
  • Slowly whisk in milk until smooth then add cheese.
  • Stir until thickened, add seasonings, and remove from heat.
  • Pour into a bowl and garnish with diced tomatoes and chives.