The history of the Kentucky Hot Brown is rooted in late-night revelry at the Brown Hotel in Louisville. The story goes that following a late night of drinking and dancing, partygoers at this landmark hotel were hungry and needed something to soak up the evening’s alcohol, so the chef whipped up a meal with what he had: thick slices of bread, roast turkey, bacon, cheese, cream, and tomatoes. It was such a hit that it went on the hotel’s menu; to this day, it’s one of the most popular dishes served at the Brown Hotel. This version spices it up with jalapeños in the sauce.
This recipe is excerpted from Southern Heat.
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