Kentucky Hot Brown

Kentucky Hot Brown

It is the Kentucky Derby on May 5 and 6th and if you want to celebrate from home, I suggest making my keto bread, low carb Kentucky Hot Brown. This is a traditional sandwich that someone mentioned they wanted me to recreate and make a ketogenic Kentucky Hot Brown.

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Kentucky Hot Brown


Kentucky Hot Brown
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Serves: 12
  • For the cheese sauce: EASY OPTION: Use my homemade Ranch dressing instead
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup beef or chicken broth
  • 2 oz cream cheese
  • 1.2 lbs extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ½ tsp Celtic sea salt
  • For the egg bread:
  • 4 large eggs
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cashew/almond milk
  • ⅛ teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • 8 (1/2-inch) slices Keto Bread
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil
  • For assembly:
  • Egg battered Keto bread
  • Roasted turkey breast, sliced into ⅛-inch thick slices
  • 3 ripe beefsteak tomatoes, cut into ½-inch thick slices and griddled until slightly charred and just cooked through
  • 1½ cups grated sharp white Cheddar
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 16 thick slices slab bacon, diced and cooked until crisp
  • Finely chopped fresh chives
  • Finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  1. To make the cheese sauce, place the butter in a large saucepan and heat on high for about 5 minutes. Whisk while heating.
  2. The butter will start to sizzle and fluff up. Watch for brown flecks (not black!) and remove from heat.
  3. Slowly add the organic broth, cream cheese and shredded cheese. Add salt to taste.
  4. Heat lightly just until cheese is pretty much melted.
  5. Remove from heat and place in a blender to combine until very very smooth. Use for sandwiches.
  6. For the egg bread:
  7. Whisk together the eggs, cashew milk and salt in a medium bowl. Dip each slice of bread in the mixture.
  8. Heat 2 tablespoons of butter and 2 tablespoons of oil in a large healthified nonstick saute pan over medium-high heat. Cook 4 slices of the bread at a time until golden brown on both sides. Remove and place on a baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining bread.
  9. For assembly:
  10. Preheat broiler. Place the egg bread on a baking sheet, place under the broiler and heat on both sides for 20 seconds just to warm through.
  11. Top each slice of bread with 2 to 3 slices of turkey and 2 slices of tomato, ladle sauce over the top and divide the cheddar cheese and Parmesan over the top of each slice. Place under the broiler and cook until bubbly and the top is golden brown. Remove from the oven, top each slice with diced bacon bits and sprinkle each slice with chives and parsley.
Nutritional Information:
720 calories, 63g fat, 35g protein, 3g carbs, 0.1g fiber


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 Kentucky Hot Brown

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  • DeDe says:

    I just purchased two of your recent cookbooks. I am researching like crazy trying to find out more about Erythirol and have found many mixed reviews. I have never eaten artificial sweeteners and do not believe in them. However, I am torn whether to purchase the Erythirol because of the mixed signals I am getting. Could you give me more insight into this? I purchased the comforts food one and was so excited. No I am just nervous!! Thanks. #confused

    • Maria Emmerich says:

      First of all, erythritol isn’t artificial. It is as natural as honey. Second, I like the flavor os swerve. It can have a slight cooling aftertaste if you use a lot but I like it.

  • Melissa says:

    I am eating this now. I have officially died and gone to heaven!

  • Carol McRee says:

    Lol! Just made this today. The original hot brown recipe is not difficult. The cheese to use is pecorino Romano not Parmesan. Basically an open face turkey sandwich. I just made this today by baking some soul bread as the bread. Sliced turkey, 🍅, and mornay sauce. Pretty simple!

  • Patti says:

    Maria, this recipe looks fantastic! I’m looking forward to making it for my family, but I don’t know anything about Keto Bread. Where do I find it or a recipe for it? Thanks in advance.