Kentucky Hot Brown Pizza – Plain Chicken

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Kentucky Hot Brown Pizza – a delicious twist on the traditional open-faced sandwich. Pizza dough, mornay sauce, turkey, tomato, bacon, parmesan and mozzarella cheese. A great recipe to use up any leftover holiday turkey!  We love this for dinner with a salad. It is a must for watching the Kentucky Derby!

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Easy Pizza with Turkey and Bacon

This Hot Brown Pizza is our go-to recipe for leftover holiday turkey. Pizza dough topped with cheese sauce, mozzarella, parmesan, turkey, bacon, and tomatoes. Leftovers never tasted so good!! This has quickly become one of our family’s favorite homemade pizza recipes. This is a great dish for lunch, dinner, and parties!

What is a Hot Brown?

A Hot Brown sandwich is an open-faced turkey sandwich topped with bacon, and tomato slices covered in creamy Mornay sauce and baked in the oven or under the broiler until the bread is crisp and the sauce begins to brown. It is sometimes called a  Louisville Hot Brown or Kentucky Hot Brown. It was created by Chef Fred Schmidt in 1926 at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky.

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How to Make Kentucky Hot Brown Pizza

This pizza is super easy to make medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour, and cook, stirring constantly, for about 1 minute. Whisk in milk. Bring to a low boil and simmer for 2 minutes on medium-low heat. Season with kosher salt, black pepper, and ground nutmeg. Remove from heat, and stir in swiss cheese. Allow the sauce to cool slightly.

Roll out pizza dough. Spread cheese sauce over the dough. Sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese over the top. Add chopped turkey, bacon, and tomato slices. Sprinkle grated parmesan cheese over the top of the pizza and bake until the crust is golden brown. Garnish with parsley.

Helpful Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • You can use homemade or store-bought pizza dough.
  • Can use leftover holiday turkey or Oscar Mayer Carving Board Roasted Turkey.
  • White cheddar cheese or American cheese may be added to the sauce. 
  • You can add any toppings that you prefer to this pizza. Mushroom slices are delicious!
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
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What to Serve with Hot Brown Pizza

This pizza is always a hit! It is my favorite way to use up all that leftover holiday turkey. We like to serve this with a green salad or some breadsticks. It is equally delicious with pasta salad. This also makes a great appetizer for parties. Cut the pizza into strips or squares. Add this to your menu ASAP! It is sure to become a favorite at your house too!

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Kentucky Hot Brown Pizza

Yield: 4 people

Prep Time 15 mins

Cook Time 15 mins

Total Time 30 mins

Kentucky Hot Brown Pizza – a delicious twist on the traditional open-faced sandwich. Pizza dough, mornay sauce, turkey, tomato, bacon, parmesan and mozzarella cheese. A great recipe to use up any leftover holiday turkey!  We love this for dinner with a salad. It is a must for watching the Kentucky Derby!

Mornay Sauce

  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • Pinch of freshly ground pepper
  • Freshly grated nutmeg to taste
  • ½ cup shredded Gruyère or Swiss cheese

Kentucky Hot Brown Pizza

  • 1 1-lb ball fresh pizza dough
  • 1 cup chopped turkey
  • 6 slices bacon chopped
  • 2 roma tomatoes sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Mornay Sauce:

  • Melt butter in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir in flour, and cook, stirring constantly, about 1 minute. (Do not let mixture brown.) Add milk, whisking constantly. Bring to a low boil, and cook, stirring constantly, about 2 minutes more. Season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Remove from heat, and stir in cheese. Allow to cool slightly.

For Pizza:

  • Preheat oven to 450ºF.

  • Roll out pizza dough on a pizza stone or pizza pan. Top crust with desired about of mornay sauce. Sprinkle pizza with mozzarella cheese. Add, turkey, bacon and tomato slices. Sprinkle the pizza with grated parmesan cheese.

  • Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, until cheese is melted and crust is browned.

  • You can use homemade or store-bought pizza dough.
  • Can use leftover holiday turkey or Oscar Mayer Carving Board Roasted Turkey.
  • White cheddar cheese or American cheese may be added to the sauce. 
  • You can add any toppings that you prefer to this pizza. Mushroom slices are delicious!
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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