A Hot Brown is a hot open-faced sandwich originally created at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky, by Fred K. Schmidt in 1926.
It was one of two signature sandwiches created by chefs at the Brown Hotel shortly after its founding in 1923. It was created to serve as an alternative to ham and egg late-night suppers for the hungry dance patrons.
Chef’s original unique creation was an open-faced turkey sandwich with bacon and a delicate Mornay sauce, a parmesan cheese, that’s served hot. Mornay is a Béchamel, or white, sauce typically made with two types of shredded, or grated cheese.
The Brown Hotel’s perfected recipe calls for heavy cream, Pecorino Romano cheese, sliced roasted turkey breast, Texas toast, crispy bacon slices, Roma tomatoes, paprika and parsley.