If you’re hosting a Kentucky Derby party this year, or if you just like to have sandwiches for dinner sometimes (like us!), I have THE BEST recipe for you! These little Kentucky Hot Brown Sliders are incredibly popular in our house, and they make regular appearances at parties throughout the year. They are a must-try!
The traditional Kentucky Hot Brown is an open-face sandwich with turkey and bacon (and sometimes with pimentos), smothered in a Mornay sauce. A Mornay sauce is basically just a white béchamel sauce with Gruyere and Parmesan cheeses added. But you know what? Open-face sandwiches coated in creamy sauce are not exactly party-friendly finger food. So I took the basic ingredients from the classic sandwich and turned them into something even more delicious…and it’s kid-friendly and it can be consumed with your hands — no utensils required!
These sliders are stuffed with turkey, bacon, some diced pimentos, Gruyere cheese, and a sprinkle of Parmesan. As if that’s not delicious enough, they are coated in a sweet, garlic butter sauce that makes them indescribably good.
This recipe makes 12 sliders, but I will warn you — they go FAST. Definitely make more of these little guys than you think you will need. Believe me, they won’t last long!
- 1 pkg. (12 oz) King’s Hawaiian sweet rolls, split
- ¼ cup mayonnaise
- 12 slices deli turkey
- 12 slices cooked bacon
- 6 slices Gruyere cheese
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- ¼ cup diced pimientos
- ½ cup butter, cubed
- 2 Tablespoons finely chopped onion
- 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 ½ teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- Spread roll bottoms with mayonnaise.
- Layer with turkey, bacon, a few diced pimientos, and cheese. Replace tops.
- Arrange sandwiches in a single layer in a greased 9-inch-square baking pan.
- In a small skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir 1-2 minutes or until tender.
- Whisk in the brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic powder. Continue whisking until brown sugar is dissolved.
- Pour butter sauce over sandwiches.
- Cover with aluminum foil and refrigerate for several hours.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake, covered, 25 minutes.
- Remove foil and bake uncovered for an additional 5 minutes or until golden brown.
Looking for other great Derby Day party food? Try these delicious options too!