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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 4
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 345.0
  • Total Fat: 10.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 25.5 mg
  • Sodium: 478.1 mg
  • Total Carbs: 36.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 4.4 g
  • Protein: 27.9 g

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Kentucky Hot Brown

Submitted by: CHEF_MEG
Kentucky Hot Brown

Introduction

A hot brown is a Southern classic: An open-faced turkey sandwich is topped with a cheesy sauce, bacon and tomatoes. This one's a lot lighter, but you'd never know from the taste. A hot brown is a Southern classic: An open-faced turkey sandwich is topped with a cheesy sauce, bacon and tomatoes. This one's a lot lighter, but you'd never know from the taste.
Number of Servings: 4

Ingredients

    1 tablespoon heart-healthy margarine (we used Smart Balance)
    1 tablespoon flour
    1 cup skim milk
    1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
    pinch black pepper
    2 tablespoons shredded reduced-fat Swiss cheese
    4 slices whole wheat bread
    2 slices turkey bacon or reduced-fat bacon
    2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
    4 cups baby spinach
    1 cup sliced button mushrooms
    4 ounces cooked turkey breast, sliced
    4 slices reduced-sodium deli ham



Tips

I grew up in the South and this was a favorite dish of my family. Thin slices of salty country ham, next to thin slices of turkey all covered with a thick cheese sauce then topped with bacon and served on toast. One serving is more than 2,000 calories! This version is much lighter.


Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Melt the butter in a medium sauce pan, then add the flour and cook, stirring constantly, for one minute. Slowly whisk in the milk, and turn the heat to medium-high. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and simmer for five minutes, until the sauce has thickened. Stir in the mustard, pepper and cheese and remove from heat.

Cook the bacon in a large saute pan, then remove from pan, chop, and set aside. Cook the mushrooms in the same pan for two minutes, then add the spinach and cook another two minutes.
Coat an 8 X 10 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Place the toast in the dish in a single layer, then layer on the turkey and ham, and spinach and mushroom mixture. Pour on the cheese sauce, then sprinkle on the tomatoes and bacon. Bake for 15 minutes or until the sauce starts to bubble.

Serve immediately.






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  • Incredible!
    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I changed nothing! So far the best recipe I have found on this site. When Chef Meg adapts a recipe to a healthier version it loses nothing in the translation!! Even my husband said "Awesome". - 2/20/11

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    It was wonderful and I didn't even use the bacon. My husband woke up talking about it! Being from Georgia we know our Hot Brown! - 2/17/11

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I usually steer clear of any recepie that has been altered too much. Many I find to leave you longing for the real ingredients.
    This was an exception. I made it as stated, maybe a little more cheese, figured it into my calories and loved it. This recepie will go into my once in a while meal plan. - 2/25/12

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    very tasty, and I'll be making this again. - 2/25/11

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Never had this before and I am from the south. Thank you! - 2/25/12

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This was delicious and perfect for my low carb diet. Worth the effort! - 3/21/11

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  • sounds good
    - 11/28/13

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  • I was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, but I've never heard of this. It sounds like a Georgia thing, though, like something I'd see Paula Dean making. Sounds like a delicious, healthy lunch, minus the bacon. Thanks for the recipe. I can't wait to try it. - 11/28/13

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  • I changed nothing. Made for supper last night and it was delicious. - 3/14/12

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  • I'd never had this for "real" so I can't compare but it was quite tasty. I used regular bacon which may have made a big difference in taste! Also 2 Arnold's Flat Breads. It is quite filling. I used a total of 5 pkgs. of Buddig meats and it was very meaty. Not at all "diet" tasting. I'd make again. - 2/27/12

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  • We enjoyed this for dinner--good! - 2/25/12

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  • This is unbelievably flavorful and filling - yet it has a great light feeling to it! I'm a yankee who has never heard of "hot brown" but my Georgia husband and I are now big fans! This will be a recipe I pull out often! - 2/25/12

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  • This was so good!!!!! - 2/25/12

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  • 0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    This looks like a yummy lunch! - 2/25/12

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  • I think I would leave the smart balance and flour out of the recipe, sounds good - 2/25/12

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  • O.K.
    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Kind f fussy... - 2/25/12

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  • Good
    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Looks great, but can I substitute soy based products for the meat? - 2/25/12

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  • Incredible!
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Yes - 10/11/11

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  • 0 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Being from Louisville, home of the Hot Brown (named for the Brown Hotel) I am very excited to try this recipe, especially with all the great comments!! @Sheynda, I would serve it with a green salad. - 3/27/11

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  • YUM! Made and devoured 2 helpings of this after a long run - totally hit the spot! - 3/13/11

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  • Yummy! Still a little high in sodium and fat for me, but I can "make up" for it by being more careful at other meals that day. A real once-in-a-while treat! - 2/28/11

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  • Unbelievable!! I had just considered Hot Brown to be a thing of my past, not knowing HOW I was going to attempt a low-fat version! Yay for Chef Meg! - 2/26/11

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  • 0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Looks sooo good! I'll have to try it this weekend. - 2/26/11

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  • 0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    sounds yummy - 2/25/11

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  • My mouth is watering just thinking of this luscious meal. Thanks.

    Renie - 2/25/11

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  • 0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I've never heard of hot brown and I'm from Arkansas. Is this very filling? What would I serve with it? - 2/25/11

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