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Hot Brown Turkey Casserole

Posted: June 29

Time: 1 hour

Yield: 12 servings

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The classic Kentucky sandwich meets (or should we say "meats?") the classic of American home cooking! Hot Brown Turkey Casserole captures the flavors of the beloved lunchtime staple, including the juicy turkey and crispy bacon as well as the cheesy, creamy Mornay sauce and the fluffy sandwich bread. Then it travels to the oven for a leisurely bake before getting topped by bright tomatoes and allowing everyone to help themselves to a helping! Hot Brown Turkey Casserole changes the lunchtime game by essentially making sandwiches for everyone all at once... to everyone's delight!


1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
4 cups 2% milk
1 large egg
3/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated and divided
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
12 slices of bread, toasted and divided
2 pounds turkey or chicken, thinly sliced and cooked
1/4 teaspoon paprika
6 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
1 cup tomatoes, chopped and seeded
1 teaspoon fresh parsley, minced


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 2

Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish.

Step 3

In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.

Step 4

Stir in the flour until smooth and the raw flour smell dissipates.

Step 5

Gradually whisk the milk into the flour mixture.

Step 6

Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly.

Step 7

Cook until slightly thickened, about 6-8 minutes.

Step 8

Remove the sauce mixture from the heat.

Step 9

In a small bowl, lightly beat the egg.

Step 10

Gradually, whisking constantly, and adding only a little bit at a time, whisk in 1/2 cup of the sauce mixture.

Step 11

Slowly return the egg mixture to the pan, whisking constantly.

Step 12

Add 1/2 cup of parmesan, salt, and pepper.

Step 13

Cook and stir until thickened, taking precautions not to let the mixture boil.

Step 14

Layer six slices of toast and turkey in the prepared baking dish.

Step 15

Pour the sauce over the top.

Step 16

Sprinkle the sauce with the paprika, bacon, and remaining parmesan.

Step 17

Bake until heated through, about 20-25 minutes.

Step 18

Top the casserole with tomatoes and parsley.

Step 19

Cut the remaining toast slices in half.

Step 20

Serve the casserole with the toast.

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