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Kentucky Hot Brown Ham Sliders
At this time of year, we make plans for all kinds of gatherings. Some are traditional holiday gatherings with recipes passed down for generations. Some are off-the-cuff parties that make up in jollity what they lack in formality. Each get-together requires a different approach.
Although I love a good formal gathering as much as the next person (especially when I’m not the one hosting it), my heart belongs to the parties where everyone, including the host, can just relax.
That’s why I’m bringing you a recipe that’s a little unconventional. If you’re reading this, you might just be the kind of person who enjoys a little informality. If you are, you’re going to love this.
Let’s start with the ham. I picked up a beautiful Hormel Cure 81 Bone-In Ham at Walmart in the refrigerated meat case in the center of the meat aisle.
The inspiration for these Kentucky Hot Brown Ham Sliders is, of course, the classic Kentucky Hot Brown. Originally created at the Brown Hotel, this sandwich was traditionally served open-faced, and featured toasted bread, turkey, Mornay sauce, bacon, and tomatoes. It was intended to be eaten with a knife and fork.
We’re going to change things up a bit. First, we’re going to swap out the turkey, and swap in some ham. Second, we’re going to dispense with silverware and turn this sandwich into a smaller, handheld masterpiece.
Once you have your nice, warm sliders, you can relax on the couch and nosh alongside friends and family, in a totally casual way. No forks and knives required. Isn’t that wonderful?
Kentucky Hot Brown Ham Sliders
For the Mornay sauce
- 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 1/2 tablespoons all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
- 1/4 cup Romano cheese
- Pinch of nutmeg
- Salt and pepper
For the Sliders
- 12 soft dinner rolls do not pull apart
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter softened
- Mornay sauce see above
- 1 pound sliced ham
- 4 slices of crisp cooked bacon
- 4 Roma tomatoes
For the Mornay Sauce
In a pot, heat the butter over medium heat until it melts. Add the flour and whisk to make a roux, or paste, and continue to cook for two minutes. Add the cream and whisk until smooth. Bring to a bubble and let simmer for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in the Romano cheese. Add the nutmeg and salt and pepper to taste.
For the Sliders
Preheat the oven to 400. Lay out two sheets of foil; each should be larger than one group of 6 rolls.
Using a serrated knife, horizontally cut through each group of rolls, creating a top and a bottom.
Carefully turn each group of buns so that the bottom is facing upwards. Gently rub the softened butter all over the bottom of the buns and down the sides. Once the bottom is buttered, flip each group of sliders directly onto its own piece of foil. Then rub the butter over the tops of the sliders and down the sides.
Open up both groups of rolls and spread Mornay sauce generously all over the inside of the top and the inside of the bottom. On each bottom, layer half of the ham, half of the bacon, and half of the sliced Roma tomatoes. Replace the top halves of the rolls.
Place another piece of foil over the top of each group, then pinch or roll the edges of the top and bottom foil to seal the sliders inside, making two packets of sliders.
Place both foil packets on a baking sheet. Bake for 7 minutes, then flip both packets over and bake for 5 more minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 2 minutes before using your serrated knife to slice into individual sliders.
I can only handle ham in small portions, so these are perfect! I’d add some spicy mustard as well 🙂
Mmm, a little mustard would kick it up nicely! Sounds good to me. 🙂
These look SO good, I absolutely love ham and this is a great way to showcase it!
Thanks, Sara! The ham is the star in the this sandwich!
Dee Dee (My Midlife Kitchen)
I love anything that comes in mini-sizes, and these hot brown sliders are a perfect example! They look divine!
Thank you! I am a sucker for sliders on soft dinner rolls. I’ve made Cuban sliders before, and they are fabulous.
I need to get on board the “sit back and enjoy the party” train! I torture myself unnecessarily, I think. These look great. I am totally unfamliar with this style of sandwich but anything with bacon is a winner. 😉
I had never heard of this sandwich before this year, then I finally saw it during Kentucky Derby time when everyone was writing about it.
Patricia @ Grab a Plate
Oh! I love these babies! What a perfect “dish” for any gathering – and to be able to enjoy yourself, too – go figure! Great idea/recipe 🙂
“Take it easy,” that’s my philosophy for entertaining! 🙂
Oh man, now I’m dreaming of one of these for lunch! Looks delish. #client
I dream of them often! 😉
Ham AND Bacon!! Yeah! Sunday football dinner. Been doing sliders at least once a month.Some King’s Hawaiin Rolls and your recipe? That is perfection. Thanks for another good one sweetheart!! And HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
Oh my goodness, I LOVE King’s Hawaiian Rolls! That would be insanely good. Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂 🙂 🙂