A drool-worthy, classic sammie, these Kentucky Hot Brown Sliders are perfect for your Kentucky Derby party this year. They feed a crowd and disappear quickly!
Is anyone else amazed at how fast 2023 is flying by already? Or is it just me? I think as I get older I notice it more.
I mean it seems like yesterday was New Year’s Eve, and we’ve already blown by Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day and Easter! And now it’s May! What the heck?! I guess the old saying’s right…time flies when you’re having fun!
Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo are just a few short days away, then Mother’s Day followed by one of my favorite days of the year…the unofficial start to summer, Memorial Day! Woot woot!!
But today, let’s concentrate on how we’re going to serve up the most EPIC sliders for our Kentucky Derby party this year! These Kentucky Hot Brown Sliders are seriously drool-worthy folks!
So what is a Kentucky Hot Brown?
A Kentucky Hot Brown is a sandwich that was created at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky by Fred Schmidt. Thank you Fred! It’s a variation of traditional Welsh rarebit which is a dish made of a melted cheese sauce served over toasted bread.
The traditonal Hot Brown is an open-faced sandwich made of turkey and bacon that’s smothered in Mornay sauce and then baked or broiled until the bread is crisp and the sauce begins to brown.
Today, I’m sharing my spin on the Kentucky Hot Brown with my own little slider version that is sure to be a TOTAL hit!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
First off, they’re pretty easy to make. The Mornay sauce is an extra step instead of just using sliced cheese like most slider recipes, but you’ll only need a few ingredients and just minutes to make it and it’s what’s used for the classic Kentucky Hot Brown recipe.
The classic sandwich is served open-faced, but you’ll love these because they’re in slider form. No fork and knife needed. Just slice them up into individual sliders and they’re super easy for your family and friends to enjoy.
And of course there’s bacon on these babies. And who doesn’t LOVE bacon??
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Hawaiian Sweet Rolls
- turkey breast
- white sharp cheddar cheese
- all-purpose flour
- kosher salt and pepper
- Dijon mustard
- poppy seeds
- Worcestershire sauce
Assemble the sammies. Start out with some King’s Hawaiian sweet rolls, my favorite for sliders. (not a sponsored post, just wanted to share what I love!) Then some thinly-sliced oven roasted turkey breast, sliced sharp cheddar cheese, crisp crumbled bacon, juicy sliced tomatoes, some rich homemade Mornay sauce, then more turkey. Sounds good so far, am I right?!
Make the topping. Then the top layer of the Hawaiian rolls gets slathered in the usual hammie-sammie butter mixture; melted butter, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, poppy seeds and some salt and pepper.
Time to Bake. Bake ’em and get ready to be WOWED!
Please let me know if you give the recipe a try. And if you have any questions about the recipe, just drop a comment below. Enjoy!
A Few Cook’s Notes for Kentucky Hot Brown Sliders
I use crumbled bacon for these sammies instead of bacon strips, so the sammies are easier to slice up and eat.
Don’t skip the butter glaze. It’s delicious!
More Delicious Sammie Recipes to Enjoy
- 1 12-count package Hawaiian Sweet Rolls, sliced in half
- 1 lb. turkey breast, thinly sliced and divided
- 12 slices white sharp cheddar cheese
- 8 slices bacon, roughly chopped into 1-inch pieces and cooked until crisp
- 12 tomatoes slices, about 1/4-inch thick (I use Campari or Roma tomatoes)
Mornay Sauce (make about 1 cup)
- 3 Tbsp. butter
- 3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
- dash nutmeg
- 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1/2 cup (one stick) butter, melted
- 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
- 1 Tbsp. poppy seeds
- 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour. Cook, stirring constantly for 2 minutes, being careful not to brown. Gradually whisk in milk. Bring to a boil, whisking constantly until thickened, about 2-3 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Add cheddar cheese. Remove from heat and season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Keep warm and set aside.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x13 pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Spray with nonstick cooking spray.
- Using a large knife, slice the rolls in half so you have a portion of tops and a portion of bottoms. You want both portions of the rolls to remain connected, so there are two slabs. Place the bottom portion in the prepared pan.
- Evenly layer 1/2 of the turkey over the rolls.
- Evenly layer the cheddar cheese slices.
- Sprinkle with the bacon.
- Layer with the tomato slices. (try to place a slice on each roll)
- Carefully spread the Mornay sauce over the tomatoes.
- Evenly layer the remaining sliced turkey, then top with top portion of buns.
- In a small bowl, whisk together melted butter, Dijon mustard, poppy seeds, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper until well combined. Pour mixture evenly over top of rolls.
- Cover pan with aluminum foil and let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes. Bake covered for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted. Remove foil and continue to cook for 5 minutes or until lightly browned on top. Cut into individual sliders and serve immediately.