Kentucky Hot Brown Sliders

Turkey, bacon and tomato piled high on King’s Hawaiian® dinner rolls with a decadent cheddar cheese sauce. My version of the leftover Thanksgiving turkey sandwich.

When I think of Thanksgiving leftovers my mind goes right to the turkey sandwich and when I think of turkey sandwiches I think of the most famous of them all the Kentucky Hot Brown.

The original Kentucky Hot Brown is a broiled, open face sandwich made with Texas toast, turkey, bacon, a Pecorino Romano cheese sauce and tomatoes. It’s heated under the broiler until hot and bubbly and requires a knife and fork.

No knife and fork required for my slider version! The hot cheese sauce is the key to turning an everyday turkey sandwich into a turkey sandwich that is impossible to resist. Not to mention the delicious King’s Hawaiian® dinner rolls that are soft and fluffy yet sturdy enough to make a sandwich with.

To kick these up a notch further and simultaneously put those holiday leftovers to good use you can also add a spoon of cranberry sauce and a layer of stuffing.

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Kentucky Hot Brown Sliders

Cheese Sauce:

1 tablespoon butter

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

1 cup milk

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 + 1/2 cups shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese

2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

coarse salt and fresh black pepper


1 (12 pack) King’s Hawaiian® Dinner Rolls, sliced in half

1 pound sliced deli turkey or roasted turkey, sliced thin

12 slices fresh tomato

6 slices bacon, cooked crispy

  1. In a medium-sized heavy bottomed saucepan melt the butter over medium-low heat. Whisk in the flour and cook 2 minutes stirring often. Whisk in the milk and Dijon. Turn heat up and bring to a simmer, stirring often, 3 minutes.
  2. Turn heat down to low and add the cheddar and Parmesan, stir until completely smooth and melted. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Turn heat down to warm and put a lid on the pan.
  3. Preheat the broiler and lay the buns out on a baking sheet cut side up. Place under the broiler to toast 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  4. Layer 1 + 1/2 ounces of turkey on the bottom of each bun. Ladle cheese sauce over it then top with a tomato and a piece of bacon. Serve immediately.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of King’s Hawaiian®. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Caramel Apple Cake

Caramel Apple Crumb Cake

Rating: 51

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 1 (8x8-inch) cake

Caramel Apple Crumb Cake


1 tablespoon butter, plus more for greasing pan
3 cups peeled diced apples {I used Fuji}
1 teaspoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 box Krusteaz Cinnamon Crumb Cake and Muffin Mix
2/3 cup water
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
20 Kraft Caramels, unwrapped
2 tablespoons milk


  1. Heat a medium skillet over medium - low heat and melt the butter. Add the apple cubes, lemon juice, brown sugar and cinnamon. Cook 10 minutes stirring often. Remove from heat.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Generously grease an 8x8-inch baking pan.
  3. To a large bowl add the cake mix pouch, egg, water and vanilla extract. Mix just until combined. Pour into prepared pan and spread out evenly.
  4. Spoon the apples evenly over top. Pour the pouch of cinnamon topping into a small bowl and sprinkle over top of the apples.
  5. Bake 45 - 50 minutes until a toothpick comes out from center without any wet batter clinging to it - a few crumbs are ok. Cool in pan.
  6. Add the caramels and milk to a microwave safe bowl and microwave on 20 second increments until the caramels are melted. Whisk well until a creamy sauce forms. Spoon and drizzle over top of cake.
  7. Cut into squares and serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Refrigerate leftovers.


Copyright ©2013 Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice by Reeni Pisano All Rights Reserved

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