This Kentucky Hot Brown Dip offers a way to serve leftover turkey without the bread

Southern Kitchen

About the recipe

The Kentucky Hot Brown is usually served as an open-faced sandwich with sliced turkey, bacon and tomato, all covered in a rich cheese sauce. To serve a crowd, try offering the flavors of Hot Brown in a dip instead. 

This dip mixes diced roasted turkey with cheesy Mornay sauce before topping it with crisp bacon and roasted tomatoes. It's a perfect way to use leftover turkey. You could serve it with crusty bread or with gluten-free crackers or celery to make this a gluten-free appetizer. 

Tip: You can roast the bacon and the tomatoes in the oven at the same time.

Serves: 8 to 12

Hands On Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes


8 strips applewood-smoked bacon

1 pint grape tomatoes, halved

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

4 cups whole milk

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon cayenne

2 cups grated sharp white cheddar cheese

4 cups diced roasted turkey breast

Chopped chives, for serving

Toasted bread, for serving (optional)


Heat the oven to 375 degrees.

Arrange the bacon on a parchment-lined baking sheet and cook until crisp, about 20 minutes. Let cool.

While the bacon is cooking, toss the tomatoes in a medium bowl with the oil. Season with salt and pepper. On a separate baking sheet, spread the tomatoes in a single layer and roast until slightly shriveled, about 15 minutes. Let cool.

Turn the oven to the broiler setting.

When bacon is cool enough to handle, chop into 1-inch pieces.

In a large ovenproof skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. When butter is foamy, whisk in the flour. Cook, whisking constantly, until lightened in color, about 5 minutes. Whisk in the milk, nutmeg and cayenne. Bring to a simmer and continue to cook, stirring constantly, until thickened, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in the cheese until melted and fully incorporated.

Stir in the diced turkey. Add diced turkey and stir to incorporate. Broil the dip until the top is golden brown and bubbly, 10 to 12 minutes. Top with the bacon, tomatoes and chopped chives. Serve immediately with the toasted bread.