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The Hot Brown is an open-faced sandwich of turkey and bacon, covered in Mornay sauce and baked or broiled until the bread is crisp and the sauce begins to brown.
Kentucky Hot Brown Sliders
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins
A drool-worthy sammie, these Kentucky Hot Brown Sliders are perfect for your Kentucky Derby party this year!
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 sliders
Calories: 373 kcal
Author: MaryAnn Dwyer
  • 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 freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • dash nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
Butter Glaze
  • 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
Mornay Sauce
  1. 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.

  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x13 pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Spray with nonstick cooking spray.

  3. 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.

  4. Evenly layer 1/2 of the turkey over the rolls. 

  5. Evenly layer the cheddar cheese slices.

  6. Sprinkle with the bacon.

  7. Layer with the tomato slices. (try to place a slice on each roll)

  8. Carefully spread the Mornay sauce over the tomatoes.

  9. Evenly layer the remaining sliced turkey, then top with top portion of buns.

Butter Glaze:
  1. 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. 

  2. 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.

Nutrition Facts
Kentucky Hot Brown Sliders
Amount Per Serving
Calories 373 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Fat 29g45%
Saturated Fat 16g100%
Cholesterol 88mg29%
Sodium 926mg40%
Potassium 345mg10%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 1240IU25%
Vitamin C 8.6mg10%
Calcium 302mg30%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.