Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Fastest 2 Minutes!!!

The fastest 2 minutes in sports around 1 and 1/4 miles.
Speeds of up to 45 mph!
Do you know what that is?
The Kentucky Derby!

In a few short days, the race will be here!
Get your mint juleps ready and cook up some HOT BROWNS!
What is a HOT BROWN?
Well, it's this...

Oh my!
This open faced sandwich has turkey, bacon, tomatoes and Mornay sauce that you broil in the oven until the sauce begins to get some brown flecks in it.  It's a classic dish served up in Kentucky and perfect for celebrating The Kentucky Derby.

Look at how the Mornay sauce melts over the turkey...mmm...mmmm.
Originally from STL Cooks

3 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp flour
8 oz. heavy cream
1/4 cup grated Parmesan Cheese, plus 1 Tbsp for garnish
salt and pepper to taste
1 package of roasted turkey breast sandwich meat
4 slices of Texas Toast
8 slices of crispy bacon
2 Roma Tomatoes, sliced

In a saucepan, melt butter and slowly whisk in flour until combined and forms a thick paste (roux). Continue to cook roux for two minutes over medium-low heat, stirring frequently. Whisk heavy cream into the roux and cook over medium heat until the cream begins to simmer, about 2-3 minutes. Remove sauce from heat and slowly whisk in Pecorino Romano cheese until the Mornay sauce is smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste.
For each Hot Brown, cook the Texas Toast in a 9 x 13 inch pan, according to package directions.  Remove from oven.
On one slice of toast, lay 4-5 slices of turkey lunchmeat. Place 2-3 slices of Roma tomato on top. Next, pour the Mornay sauce to cover. Sprinkle with additional Pecorino Romano cheese. Place entire dish under a broiler until cheese begins to brown and bubble. Remove from broiler, cross two pieces of crispy bacon on top.

Makes 4 Kentucky Hot Browns

The Morney sauce is so creamy!  Each biteful is delicious!
You cook this for your Kentucky Derby viewing and you may just earn a wreath of roses?  Sorry, didn't mean to imply you were like the horses...

So who are your favorites?
California Chrome?  Dance with Fate?  Hoppertunity?  Or some unknown race horse that comes from behind?  

Happy race watching!
Celebrate the little things that can happen in the fastest 2 minutes!

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