Kentucky Hot Brown Dip: Classic Southern Recipe

April 19, 2021
KY Hot Brown Dip by JC Phelps

Hey, y’all! Last week on the blog, I shared 7 cocktails that are perfect for your Kentucky Derby Party. This week on the blog, I’m going to be sharing 7 food recipes that will be the perfect accompaniments! I am kicking things off on a strong note: my Kentucky Hot Brown Dip! There are few recipes more indulgent – and more Kentuckian – than this. I’ll also share a confession: unless I’m having the traditional Hot Brown at the Brown Hotel, I prefer this dip over the traditional dish!

Kentucky Hot Brown Dip

Kentucky Hot Brown Dip

JC’s note: I prefer to make this recipe in a seasoned cast iron skillet; that said, if you don’t have a cast iron, you can use any oven-safe dish.

KY Hot Brown Dip by JC Phelps

Kentucky Hot Brown Dip

JC Phelps
My Kentucky Hot Brown Dip is an easy-to-make version of the classic Kentucky Hot Brown, which is served at the Brown Hotel in Downtown Louisville. This dish is classic Kentucky!
5 from 16 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 316 kcal


  • cast iron skillet


  • 6-8 oz. Turkey Breast diced
  • 2 c. Monterey Jack
  • 8 Strips of Bacon cooked + chopped
  • 1 c. Pecorino Romano
  • 1 block Full-fat Cream Cheese softened
  • 1/4 c. Sour Cream
  • 1 pint Cherry Tomatoes halved
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • Black Pepper to taste
  • Kosher Salt to taste
  • Garlic Powder to taste
  • Paprika to taste
  • Parsley for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 425F. In a large mixing bowl, combine softened cream cheese, monterey jack, pecorino romano, and sour cream. Mix until well-incorporated.
  • Add turkey breast, nutmeg, black pepper, kosher salt, garlic powder, and paprika. Mix well.
  • Add Kentucky Hot Brown Dip to a seasoned cast iron skillet. Top with bacon and halved cherry tomatoes.
  • Cook at 425F for 20-25 minutes. Broil on high for 1 minute afterwards.
  • Garnish with parsley + serve with your favorite crackers and/or a baguette. Enjoy!


Sodium: 606mgCalcium: 516mgVitamin C: 9mgVitamin A: 618IUSugar: 2gFiber: 1gPotassium: 205mgCholesterol: 76mgCalories: 316kcalTrans Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 13gFat: 24gProtein: 21gCarbohydrates: 3gIron: 1mg
Keyword appetizers, dips, hot brown, kentucky, kentucky derby, kentucky derby party, kentucky hot brown, kentucky hot brown dip, southern, southern recipes
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About The Hot Brown, the Inspiration for my Kentucky Hot Brown Dip

According to the Brown Hotel’s website: In the 1920’s, The Brown Hotel drew over 1,200 guests each evening for its dinner dance. By the wee hours of the morning, guests would grow weary of dancing and make their way to the restaurant for a bite to eat. Sensing their desire for something more glamorous than traditional ham and eggs, Chef Fred Schmidt set out to create something new to tempt his guests’ palates. His unique dish? An open-faced turkey sandwich with bacon and a delicate Mornay sauce. The Hot Brown was born!

Kentucky Hot Brown Dip


While my dip does taste like the original dish, it is much easier to make. You can check out the original Hot Brown recipe here. I know y’all will love my take on it!

Kentucky Hot Brown Dip

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