KENTUCKY HOT BROWNS

Kentucky Hot BrownsKENTUCKY HOT BROWNS
4 thick slices french bread (1 per person)
1/2 pound sliced turkey
4 thick slices bacon, cooked crisp and halved
1 cup shredded white cheddar cheese
2 large vine ripe tomatoes, sliced
MORNAY SAUCE
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/3 cup AP flour
3 1/2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

  • Whisk together the butter and flour until smooth.
  • Add milk gradually. Bring to a boil and cook until thickened, stirring constantly.
  • Whisk in Parmesan cheese.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Toast bread and place on a cookie sheet or in individual baking dishes.
  • Top with turkey slices.
  • Pour Mornay sauce over top.
  • Place tomatoes evenly on top.
  • Sprinkle with cheddar cheese.
  • Broil 3-4 minutes until lightly browned and bubbly.
  • Top with bacon pieces and serve immediately.

This recipe can also be turned into a casserole easily!
KENTUCKY HOT BROWN TART
1 package Pillsbury pie crusts
1 1/2 cups chopped turkey (rotisserie chicken works well too)
2 cups shredded white cheddar cheese
6 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
1 1/2 cups half and half
4 large eggs
salt and pepper to taste
2 large vine ripe tomatoes, sliced thin
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Unroll pie crusts and stack on top one another on a lightly greased surface. Roll together into a 12 inch single crust.
  • Fit crust into a 10 inch tart pan pressing to flute edges, trim excess.
  • Line pie crust with tin foil and weigh down with beans.
  • Bake 12 minutes.
  • Remove weights and tin foil.
  • Bake 8 more minutes.
  • Cool completely, about 15 minutes.
  • Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees.
  • Layer shell with turkey, cheddar cheese and crumbled bacon.
  • Whisk together the half and half, eggs, salt and pepper.
  • Pour over turkey, cheese and bacon.
  • Bake 30-40 minutes or until center is set.
  • Arrange tomato slices on top of tart.
  • Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  • Bake 10-15 minutes until cheese is melted.
  • Cool 15 minutes on a wire rack before serving.
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Whole Wheat and Honey Sandwich loaf

This was not the bread I was going to write up, praise and post about today. But kitchen life has moments that one does not have control over, and when that happens, redirect, focus, use your resources and move forward……

I love bread. Love it! I have so many cookbooks about bread, I could write nothing but a bread themed blog. Years ago I baked all of our bread. We were a farm style white bread family at that time. And still I make that type of loaf today, especially at the holidays. You cannot beat cinnamon toast on rich egg bread, not to mention french toast or a bread pudding when the end of the loaf is in sight.

Always through the years I had a strong desire to use whole grains as the primary flour in bread making. But whole wheat flour in a bag, on the shelf, in the grocery store tasted bitter to me. This alone was a big factor in not baking from whole grains. But I never gave up on the desire to use whole grains, and I am so glad I did not.

The flour grinder was worth the investment. Also through the years I have purchased and played with just about every piece of kitchen equipment and gadget. But until now, never a grain mill. Why did I wait so long? Yes price was an issue, a good mill can cost hundreds of dollars, and my concern in the early years was that the investment would not pan out……..

I am so happy I was wrong. Bread baking is a joint effort in this home. We enjoy the entire process and partner in the kitchen to get it done. Good times and great food. And now let me present this easy Whole Wheat and Honey Sandwich loaf, and next time I will use a longer loaf pan. These sandwiches would not fit in a standard sandwich bag…..

Whole Wheat and Honey Sandwich loaf
adapted from:  Noble Pig
makes 2 loaves

61/2 – 7 c whole wheat flour – divided (we use spelt flour)
2 1/2 c lukewarm water
2 T or 2 packages yeast

1/3 c oil
1/3 c honey
1 T salt
juice of 1/2 medium sized lemon

In a large mixer bowl, add 4 c of the flour, water and yeast. Mix until smooth.

Add oil, honey, salt and lemon juice.

Add 2 1/2 c more flour and mix until smooth, adding the final 1/2 c flour if dough seems too wet. Knead for 10 minutes.

Prepare 2 large loaf pans, divide dough (it is sticky) equally. Let rise 30-45 minutes or until doubled.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, bake 30 minutes or until done in your oven.

Loaves should should sound hollow when tapped with a knuckle.

Enjoy!

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