Recipe: Kentucky Hot Brown

Welcome back to my blog. I am from Kentucky, I was very active in FCCLA (formerly Future Homemakers of America) and that meant I took a lot of FACs classes. One thing my teacher always had us make was the famous Hot Brown. I’ll be honest. Something covered in cheesy gravy is amazing.  The other day, a friend of mine posted that she was eating a hot brown. I did a quick google search and didn’t see any Kentucky Hot Brown recipes for THM. This could also just be a pregnancy craving that I knew I could make into an on plan item!

Cooked mine in a glass bread pan
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The Low Carb bread I used
So here is my version. You can make this Low-carb/keto/THM-S or THM-XO. I personally was super hungry by the time I got home. So I chose to use this drive through sue bread that is not perfectly on plan. As of a quick search of the FB groups, the low carb bread company products are less than ideal/frankenfoody. They can work on plan for occasional use. This one only had 3 grams of fat for two. I used 2 plus the skinny/half broke bread butt-end. If you had time, make the WWBB, keto bread of your liking, Swiss bread, nuke bread, what not. Or if you don’t mind a XO, use your favorite on plan sourdough or sprouted bread.

THM/Low-carb Kentucky Hot brown

  • 2 slices of your bread (either low carb or sprouted bread)
  • 1 cup of chicken broth
  • 3 TBSP low fat cream cheese or neufchatel (mainly this is what I  always have on hand, if you want full fat, go for it)
  • 1/4 Parmesan cheese- Percorino Romano would be best but I was trying not to spend too much + some for garnishment
  • 3/8-1/2 tsp Gluccie.
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • Paprika for garnishment
  • Half of a slicing tomato or Roma tomato
  • Bacon, 2 slices cooked
  • Thick sliced turkey breast 

Serves: 1
Time: Depends how you cook your bacon. I think in all it took me 30-1 hour. I started the bacon when I was putting groceries up. Making the gravy was about 15ish minutes. 5-10 broiling time. 

1. Toast your bread.
2. Start cooking your bacon. I personally cooked mine in the oven at 400 for about 15-20 minutes.
3. While the bacon is cooking or after it is fried, start boiling 1 cup of chicken broth. Once it is boiling, whisk in 3 TBSP of cream cheese quickly.
4. At this point, I lowered the temp to the stovetop to around medium-low (or my 4). Add 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese into the broth.
5. After all the cheese is fully integrated into the broth, start adding gluccie in on simmer. I usually add in 1/8 increments till I get the right gravy constituency for me. At this point, I added the pinch of nutmeg.
6.  Let this simmer while you start placing your meat. Use an oven safe dish. I used a bread dish. If you had a small cast iron skillet, go for it. I just eyeballed how much I put in it. I did use most of an entire container of Oscar Meyer thick sliced. After that, I added the tomatoes sliced thinly on top of the turkey meat. I am not much of a tomato person, but feel free to load up if you want!
7.  Once the cheese gravy is thickened,  pour it on top of the open faced sandwich. Spread more cheese on top. Put it in your oven under broil. Stay close. You will want the cheese to become nice and brown but it can happen quick.
8. Plate if you are replating. Place 2-3 pieces of bacon on top. Sprinkle paprika if you want. I forgot.
9. Enjoy!

One of the reasons I love THM is because I can find a way to have all my favorites on plan. It takes either a quick google search or a bit of thinking. This may not be absolutely perfect but it tasted pretty great for me.

Nutritional, according to iTrackbites: Everything but the bread: Calories: 450 / Fat: 33.1 /  Net Carbs: 17.5 / Protein: 29.5g (if you follow THM, all those net carbs are ones we do not count. This was made with all on plan items)

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